Meet Farmville Downtown: Executive Director Helen Person


If you could be any object located in the Main Street District, what would you be and why?

I would be the cornice on the Doyne Building. Its one of the oldest buildings in the district and commands the highest vantage point of the most strategic intersection in Farmville, let alone our Main Street District. Everything visible thats happened and will happen in our downtown can be seen from atop that building. What a view!


How did you find your way to Farmville?

I had never heard of Farmville until I saw Downtown Farmvilles posting for their first Executive Director position in the National Main Street Career Center. I submitted my resume, we talked, we visited, we e-mailed. On October 2 of that year, I moved to Farmville. My family followed the next spring.

Who asked you to become a part of Farmville Downtown Partnership? Why did you say yes?

Chuck Ross was chair of the Search Committee for Downtown Farmville. He officially issued the invitation for me to join the organization as its Executive Director. After going through the interview process and researching Farmville, my family and Iwere intrigued with the possibilities. Then we visited here for my in-person interview and fell in love with the town and its people. After 2-1/2 years, we know we made the right choice and thats a big compliment coming from a lifelong Georgian.

Whats the best kept secret of Farmville Downtown?

We have no secrets in Farmville Downtown; we have incredible surprises! From the personalities who inhabit our stores, offices, and residences to the unexpected wares and dining experiences available in our District shops and eateries, Farmville Downtown is truly a unique destination for locals and visitors alike. Its like unwrapping Christmas morning every day of the year.  

Meet Farmville Downtown Partnership: a team of citizens dedicated to the growth of our Main Street District. Each month get to  know one of the people behind the scenesin this Q&A series. Youll find unfiltered answers from local folks who are working hard to help Farmville Downtown flourish.