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Watkinsville appoints director of downtown development authority

Oconee County resident Kate Patterson has been appointed as the first director of the Watkinsville Downtown Development Authority, the city announced Wednesday

Patterson, 43, is an experienced organizational executive, non-profit leader, has real estate experience, and a heart for service and small towns.

Patterson’s most recent experience includes time as a board member of Bethel Haven, Inc. and as a Governor’s appointee to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Committee. She and her husband Alex are also deeply involved in Leadership Georgia, having been class members in 2011 and program chairs in 2015, allowing her to visit many Georgia communities and learning valuable lessons from those experiences.

Prior to relocating to Watkinsville, Patterson has experience as the director of the First Methodist Preschool in Valdosta.

Earlier in her career she also worked for Athens Classic Properties.

Patterson has a degree in marketing from UGA’s Terry College of Business. She and her family reside in South Oconee County.

Watkinsville established its Downtown Development Authority earlier this year. Its board includes a variety of local leaders, including Councilwoman Christine Tucker (Chair), Paul Lancaster (Vice Chair), Cristi Donahue (Secretary), Robert Griffith (Treasurer), and members Dan Elder, Mellony Adkins, and Brock Toole. The WDDA will focus on the economic health of downtown Watkinsville.

Patterson was selected after an interview process involving Watkinsville Councilwoman and DDA Chair Tucker, City Manager Sharyn Dickerson, and various members of the WDDA board.

Contact: Sharyn Dickerson Watkinsville City Manager

(706) 769-5161

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the Watkinsville Downtown Development

Authority to preserve the historic treasures in downtown Watkinsville, as well as revitalize others and

promote the city of Watkinsville to become a destination for

shopping and dining,” said Patterson. “As the county seat of Oconee,

Watkinsville can indeed be a hub for folks near and far to come,

connect and create.”

Oconee County resident Kate Patterson has been named the first director of the Watkinsville Downtown Development Authority, the city announced Wednesday.

Patterson, 43, is an experienced organizational executive, non-profit leader, has real estate experience, and a heart for service and small towns.

Patterson’s most recent experience includes time as a board member of Bethel Haven, Inc. and as a Governor’s appointee to the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Committee. She and her husband Alex are also deeply involved in Leadership Georgia, having been class members in 2011 and program chairs in 2015, allowing her to visit many Georgia communities and learning valuable lessons from those experiences.

Prior to relocating to Watkinsville, Patterson has experience as the director of the First Methodist Preschool in Valdosta. Earlier in her career she worked for Athens Classic Properties.

Patterson has a degree in marketing from UGA’s Terry College of Business. She and her family reside in south Oconee County.

Watkinsville established its Downtown Development Authority earlier this year. Its board includes a variety of local leaders, including Councilwoman Christine Tucker (Chair), Paul Lancaster (Vice Chair), Cristi Donahue (Secretary), Robert Griffith (Treasurer), and members Dan Elder, Mellony Adkins, and Brock Toole.

The WDDA will focus on the economic health of downtown Watkinsville.

Patterson was selected after an interview process involving Watkinsville Councilwoman and DDA Chair Tucker, City Manager Sharyn Dickerson, and various members of the WDDA board.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the Watkinsville Downtown Development Authority to preserve the historic treasures in downtown Watkinsville, as well as revitalize others and promote the city of Watkinsville to become a destination for shopping and dining,” said Patterson. “As the county seat of Oconee, Watkinsville can indeed be a hub for folks near and far to come, connect and create.”

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