Julie Blizzard Patterson was already an advocate for the Ardmore Main Street Authority when Executive Director James Lamey hired her as his administrative assistant earlier this month.


“She loves Main Street — both the place and the program,” he said.


Julie Blizzard Patterson was already an advocate for the Ardmore Main Street Authority when Executive Director James Lamey hired her as his administrative assistant earlier this month.

 

“She loves Main Street — both the place and the program,” he said.

 

The Main Street Program was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation. The program was designed as a long-term revitalization project to serve the needs of the community. The program recently celebrated its 21st year in Ardmore. Patterson’s roots go even farther back.

 

“I grew up here on Main Street,” she said. “We moved here in the mid-1960s when I was 3 years old. My father (Jerry) had two businesses on Main Street,” she said.

 

Patterson worked with her father in both the clothing and jewelry businesses in downtown Ardmore and later served on the AMSA board.

 

“We are excited to have Julie on staff,” AMSA board president-elect Steve Middleton said. “As a former business owner and board member, she brings a unique set of skills to the job.”

 

Lamey said Patterson will have a variety of responsibilities, including managing the office when he’s out of town. Two Experience Works employees, Jeannean Sands and Lee Dawkins, provide office and maintenance help.

 

Patterson said the Main Street Authority is an important organization in the community with an equally important mission. She said AMSA provides an opportunity for citizens to embrace what makes downtown Ardmore unique and to celebrate and preserve those qualities.

 

“With Julie on board, we can go to the next step in our development,” Lamey said.