Tech 10: Top Technology Resources to Assist Community Programs
| Monday, May 19 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room: Richard A | Session Track: PD
When used correctly digital resources can help streamline the event process, simplify financial practices, facilitate better communication and help fill the gap when additional staff isn't an option. In this session, learn about both new, intermediate and advanced level Main Street Managers who are interested in integrating more technology into their programs as a way to promote better communication between the merchants, board and community. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of the top 10 current either free or low cost digital resources and real life examples of ways that these resources can be utilized in their day to day job.
Jessica Reynolds, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Jessica Reynolds worked in the education department at the High Museum of Art before accepting a position in 2008 with the City of Carrollton as Main Street Director. Under her direction, Carrollton Main Street excelled in each of the Program's Four Points and has received five state awards. Jessica led the Main Street program's re-branding initiative, which included the development of new printed materials, educational resources, a new website and a new iPhone app. In 2013, Jessica accepted a position as the communications and training coordinator at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She works in the office of downtown development, which serves as the state coordinating office for the Georgia Main Street Program.
Billy Peppers, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Billy Peppers is the director for downtown development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In this role, Billy coordinates the Classic Main Street program, Building Opportunities on Main Street (BoomTown) program for new communities to downtown development, Main Street Start-Up program, Downtown Network Affiliate program, Urban Downtown Network and Georgia's Exceptional Main Streets program for the state. Billy's previous work experience includes two years as a Senate appropriations analyst for the Georgia State Legislature and more than seven years in the downtown field serving the City of Woodstock, Georgia.