The Main Street Columbus Board of Directors announced Wednesday that Nickie Nicholson has been selected as the new Director of Main Street Columbus. Her official first day will be Dec. 10, 2012. The organizations search committee completed the two month hiring process last week.
Nicholson is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and graduated from Shorter University in 2005 with a dual degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance.
The former beauty queen took first runner up in the 2007 Miss. Massachusetts pageant where she also was awarded for talent and she was the second runner up in the 2006 Miss. Massachusetts competition, where she also won most talented. She competed in Talent, Casual Wear, Formal Wear and Physical Fitness. She is a former Miss. Metro 2006, Miss. Greater Holyoke 2006-2007, and Miss. Shorter College. She competed in the talent competitions with vocals, and at one competition sang “In His Eyes” by Frank Wildhorn.
After graduation she moved to Massachusetts where she worked as a state spokesperson for the “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” of Massachusetts and taught middle school. It was in Massachusetts that she discovered her passion for event planning, management and a heart for hometown community outreach. In 2008 she moved back to Rome, Ga. and took a position at her alma mater as the Assistant Director of Recruitment in the Arts and Choral Program Manager.
While planning and leading multiple fundraisers and events she also was able to travel around the world with her students taking them to England, Spain and Ireland among others. After several visits to Columbus over the past year, Nickie relocated in June to become a part of what she calls “such a fabulous community.”
“Having lived in larger communities, the warmth and friendliness of Columbus is an exciting and welcome change.” “I look forward to continuing and expanding Main Street Columbus’s already stellar activities and reputation,” stated Nicholson.
A beauty in her own right, Amber Brislin, current Executive director of Main Street Columbus announced in September that she will resign as the organization’s director. Brislin has been the director for the past five years, since October 2007. Brislin will remain on board throughout the transition process and will train the new Director through the end of the year as well as remain on board as a volunteer and consultant for future events and endeavors.
“I have absolutely loved my time with Main Street Columbus and want to make sure my replacement is set up for success. I am more than willing to take the time necessary to make sure all of the projects and programs of Main Street Columbus keep progressing as they should,” said Brislin. Brislin stated she plans to spend more time at home and with her family when her position at Main Street Columbus ends. “I have put my all into this position for the past 5 years; the people I have met and the things I have learned are priceless to me. I will always cherish the many accomplishments that I have had the pleasure to be a part of and all the friends that I have made along the way.” This was a very difficult and bittersweet decision, but I feel it is the right time for me to focus on other priorities,” stated Brislin. “I plan to remain involved in our community and am happy to know that I always have and always will call Columbus, MS my home.”
The mission of Main Street Columbus is to enhance local culture and quality of life through planning, growth, diversification and preservation of the Downtown historic district. Main Street Columbus was named a Great American Main Street community in 2010, an honor bestowed to only five communities nationwide each year. Columbus is the only town in Mississippi to ever receive this distinction.
Main Street Columbus continues many Downtown beautification and enhancement projects throughout the year, manages the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market and plans several special events throughout the year which include: Market Street Festival, Downtown Christmas and Spring Open Houses, the Columbus Christmas Parade, Wassail Fest, New Years’ Eve Block Party, Sounds of Summer and Noon Tunes.0