Mechel McKinley recently took over the position of executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and she said her goal is to promote the unique community that she now calls home.
McKinley began her career with similar authority in Macon.
“I became the Main Street Macon manager in 2011 and held that position for about two and a half years,” she said. “I love working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.”
McKinley said economic development is an important part of success for any city.
“Building and preserving sidewalks, street trees, historic places as well as fostering new businesses and supporting existing ones is all a part of the big picture,” she said.
McKinley said she chose to move to Stone Mountain and take on the executive director position in the city because of the potential she sees for the area.
“Stone Mountain has a huge asset in relation to the park and I am excited about the challenges we have and look forward to working with the community to build a vibrant downtown area that we can all be proud of,” she said.
Her future plans include helping the downtown area grow and providing a positive experience for businesses interested in moving to the area and hosting more events in the city.
“Growing our events will help us grow our “brand” in the metro area,” McKinley said. “Stone Mountain is a place where it is possible to have a small town feel within just a few miles of all the amenities Atlanta has to offer, but we need to expand dining and retail experiences. Growing this base takes time and requires that we support the early adapters so those that come after them have a solid base to expand upon.”