Fond memories for former Main Street director

Kerry Redshaw is taking a breather after stepping down as executive director of Monticello Main Street, but don’t be surprised if she pops up again as a volunteer in another local organization.

“My heart is for the underresourced, so I’m going to sit quietly and see what my next assignment will be,” said Redshaw, who officially stepped down from Main Street on Feb. 28.

Hired as its director in July of 2013, Redshaw felt she was able to “reestablish” and “build back up the reputation” of the downtown-based organization, one that had seen five directors in about as many years.

She is especially proud of the Business Bootcamp program started by Main Street and the City of Monticello, one that has trained potential entrepreneurs and helped businesses that have located in the downtown business district, including the Zybell House and Monarch Brewing Company.

“It has been phenomenal. We just started our sixth session and we had 38 people for our first class. It’s really become a thing,” commented Redshaw, who still works part-time at Monticello True Value and Monticello Mercantile.

Also on her list of positives is the growth of the September Monticellobration, which went from one theme to another but might have settled on a traditional fall feeling in 2017, complete with scarecrows made by town residents and organizations.

“It’s a lot of work, but this last one we hit out of the park,” said Redshaw, saying it struck a balance between being entertaining yet sustainable on an annual basis.

Part of her reason for stepping down from Main Street is to spend more time with her husband Marty, who recently retired from ADM in Decatur.

What will she miss?

“The collaboration to make a difference, whether it’s collaboration with the shop owners or restaurants, trying to be a resource for them; collaboration with (city Community Development Director) Callie (Jo McFarland) and others in the city. That’s what I’ll miss. The human touch,” she added.

What will she miss the least?

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things well. So releasing myself from that will be good,” said Redshaw.


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