Main Street of Hope group names Fye as new director

Staff reports

Main Street of Hope has appointed Susan Thayer Fye as executive director.

Fye, a Bartholomew County native, has been self-employed for 35 years fixing up and selling and renting houses and apartments. She has previously worked for Public Service Indiana (now Duke Energy) as an internal auditor and contract manager.

Within the past three years, Fye has served on the Columbus Board of Works and Columbus Redevelopment Commission and was president of Columbus Downtown. She currently serves on the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Merit Board.

She is a graduate of Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from Indiana University. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.

Fye replaces Brittany Young, who left the organization to attend Purdue University, Fye said. The position is a 16-hour-a-week, part-time role.

Hope joined the Indiana Main Street program in 2015. The program encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. The state program has a four-point approach — organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring — and is overseen by the Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs. The office provides technical and financial assistance to participating communities.

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