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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Joni Hoxsey to lead Main Street Program

Joni Hoxsey

Joni Hoxsey is the new manager of the Hamilton Main Street Program.  Mrs. Hoxsey grew up in Lampasas, but is very proud of her family heritage in Hamilton and the Blue Ridge community.  She is the daughter of Willie Perry, granddaughter of Alven and Jewel Perry, great-granddaughter of George Madison Perry and great-great-granddaughter of James Lemuel Grisham Sr. and Amanda Jones Grisham.

Hoxsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Systems with teacher certification in Business Education from Tarleton State University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University Central Texas. She is a business administration doctoral candidate.  Her career has included education, marketing, organization, management and strategizing experience. She has served as a journalist, store owner and corporate manager.  She comes to Hamilton from Houston, where she exclusively serviced the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs as a graphics designer and presentations coordinator.

Hoxsey has many fond childhood memories of Hamilton and grew up hearing stories of the community’s history.  She and her husband, David Hoxsey, have volunteered to help her aunt Jane (Perry) Brown with the preservation of the Blue Ridge Church and cemetery the last several years.

Hoxsey attended the Texas Historical Commission’s New Manager Orientation in Elgin, a highly successful 30-year Main Street community, Jan. 28 before starting in Hamilton Jan. 29.

Hamilton officially entered the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street Program Jan. 1.  The Main Street Program stimulates private sector downtown reinvestment in historic downtowns and helps retain, expand and recruit small businesses while also creating new jobs in Texas.  THC’s Texas Main Street Program accepted its initial programs in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the U.S. Since then, 179 Texas communities have participated in the program. Participating communities have generated more than $4.4 billion in overall reinvestment into their historic downtowns and created almost 42,000 jobs and more than 10,000 small businesses.

Hamilton will receive a wide range of services and technical expertise from THC including design and historic preservation, planning, economic development, organizational management and training. The Texas program is affiliated with the National Main Street Center/Main Street America™, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street model is based on a Four-Point Approach™ of preservation-based revitalization for historic downtowns. A Main Street Advisory Board and committees will be set up as the next step for the local program.  

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