Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has appointed Jay Ellis, Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc. to the Indiana Main Street Council, a group of professionals who will advise and assist on downtown revitalization matters.
Administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Main Street program is based on a four point approach to downtown development which includes organization, design, promotion, and economic vitality. The program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.
“I’m honored to be selected for the Indiana Main Street Council,” said Ellis. “Downtown revitalization is a key component of economic development and quality of life in communities all across Indiana. I’m looking forward to assisting with these important issues.”
Ellis is the Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc., a nonprofit downtown revitalization organization that has been one of the stakeholders involved in downtown Jeffersonville’s resurgence. Among the accomplishments of the organization are stabilizing and restoring 9 downtown buildings, hosting more than 45 annual special events, including concerts, festivals, and wine walks, and assisting in the improvement of the downtown streetscape. Ellis holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and has twice been awarded Indiana Main Street’s Staff Person of the Year Award.
The full list of appointees to the Indiana Main Street Council made by Lieutenant Governor Crouch is as follows:
- Valecia Crisafulli (Madison), Director of Madison Main Street;
- Maria Davis (Angola), Downtown Services Coordinator at the City of Angola;
- Marsh Davis (Indianapolis), Executive Director of Indiana Landmarks;
- Jay Ellis (Jeffersonville), Executive Director of Jeffersonville Main Street;
- J.P. Hall III (Muncie), Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Ball State University;
- Clint Lamb (Sullivan), Mayor;
- Danielle McGrath (Indianapolis), Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy, Policy and Foundation at Indiana Economic Development Corporation;
- Lewis Ricci (Indianapolis), Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission;
- Ashley Willis (Petersburg), Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Corporation.