Chamber hires director of downtown development

Heather Blackmon Brooks was named the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce’s new Director of Downtown Development.

The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce announced Heather Blackmon Brooks as its new Director of Downtown Development.

Brooks comes from the role of Main Street Coordinator and Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority for Thomaston, Ga., where she served for the past three years, partnering with local government, businesses and nonprofit organizations in revitalization of the downtown area.

Brooks has received training in downtown development from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA along with other leadership and economic development trainings with the GA Municipal Association and GA Department of Community Affairs and has completed multiple courses with the Main Street Institute.

“We are excited to welcome Heather back to Morristown,” said Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce President. “Her experience and expertise in a certified Main Street program will allow her to hit the ground running as we work to attract greater investment and public participation in Downtown Morristown.”

Brooks is married to Kevin Brooks, who is from Morristown.

Brooks, and her family recently relocated, to Morristown and she started has already started her position.

Brooks says she is looking forward to meeting and working with downtown business owners, community leaders and anyone who is interested in being a part of revitalization and development of the downtown area.

“Downtown Morristown is a beautiful historic downtown with unique design. The assortment of shops and restaurants along with the elevated sidewalks creates a commercial and social attraction for the area.

“The downtown is the heart and soul of this community and we need to invest in it by creating a thriving downtown that appeals to residents and visitors.

“There is so much that we can accomplish as we continue to revitalize and create a vibrant social district where everyone wants to come visit, shop, dine and enjoy the unique and beautiful atmosphere of Downtown Morristown.”

In the next few weeks she will be touring downtown, meeting with business owners and working with the chamber to revise the downtown program.