Harris-Braggs started in the new role two weeks ago.
Although she is not a McDonough resident, she has lived in Henry County for more than a decade.
“I have been a Henry County resident for the past 12 1/2 years,” she said. “Coming to McDonough was like coming home. I’m pretty familiar with the area, so when I found out the position was open, I immediately responded.”
Harris-Braggs brings to her new position more than 20 years of community building, economic development and public affairs experience.
Prior to becoming the Main Street program manager for McDonough, in fact, she served in the same capacity for the city of Griffin.
She remained in the role for five years.
In the past two weeks alone, Harris-Braggs has jumped right into her responsibilities — namely, forging new connections with residents, community leaders and business owners.
“It was one of my main priorities to get out and try to meet the downtown business owners,” she said. “I want them all to get to know me and feel comfortable stopping by my office at the Welcome Center whenever they need to talk about any issue, whether it is negative or positive.”
Her other goals include effective communication, an open door policy for said communication and being a strong liaison between the downtown businesses and the city.
“It is my goal, ultimately, to successfully implement the Main Street philosophy here in McDonough and for the local program to be seen as a relevant and integral thread in the fabric of downtown McDonough,” she said.
Harris-Braggs is excited about the new position and hopeful about the future.
“It feels good to be able to contribute my energy, time and talents to McDonough, because the city provides so much to my own family,” she said. “I am looking forward to building very strong community partnerships.”