Main Street welcomes new director

Linda Duncan, a victim advocate for the Johnson County Commonwealth’s attorney’s office and longtime participant in Paintsville Main Street efforts, has taken the helm as the new Main Street director.

Paintsville’s Main Street organization is welcoming new director Linda Duncan.

Duncan, who serves as a victim advocate with the Johnson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, has been involved with Main Street for years already as a board member and volunteer.

As an organization, Duncan said, the group works with the Kentucky Main Street Program to preserve the history and promote commerce in Paintsville.

“I think Paintsville is going to grow a lot more in the next few years,” Duncan said. “I would like to see our area revitalized. We’ve got a few empty buildings as of now, but I’m excited that we’re getting new things, too, such as the sidewalks.”

Duncan said one secret to success in the future will be Paintsville Main Street’s ability to network different agencies, including tourism, the Johnson County Extension Office, volunteer groups and others together with unified goals.

Kentucky Main Street Program figures show that in 2018, just 29 communities saw more than $73.7 million in private investments and $17.4 million in public funds. The program data also shows more than 1,000 new jobs created in Main Street districts and more than 375,000 volunteer hours invested just last year.

Helping match local volunteer efforts with the needs of the community, Duncan said, is a big part of the job.

“It takes small things, sometimes, and you’ve got to build on that,” Duncan said.

The Paintsville Main Street office is located inside city hall.

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