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Posted on: May 14, 2021

New Directors Hired for Waxhaw

New Waxhaw Directors Hired

The Town of Waxhaw is excited to announce Ashley Nowell will serve as the new Downtown Director and Lisa Thompson will serve as the Planning and Inspections Director.


Nowell brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous role in Lee's Summit, MO. Downtown Lee's Summit has won multiple awards, including the Great American Main Street Award from the National Main Street Center and America's Great Neighborhood from the American Planning Association. Nowell says, "I'm excited to bring the knowledge I've gained from Lee's Summit and the Main Street Program, along with the passion for watching downtown neighborhoods and small businesses thrive." Nowell added, "I believe that Main Streets are the heart and soul of a community. After visiting Waxhaw, I noticed the downtown has an energy and vibrancy that is hard to replicate."


Thompson is bringing 15 years of planning experience and eight years with a dual role as Town Administrator and Planner. She began her career as a planner in Kendall County, Illinois, which at the time was the fastest-growing county in the United States. Since moving to North Carolina, she's been working for municipalities in Union County for the past 13 years, including Monroe, Marvin, and Weddington. Thompson says, "Waxhaw is a vibrant town, and I'm excited to work with the leaders of this town continuing to plan for the growth and economic development, yet preserve the small-town feel."    

Waxhaw Town Manager Jeff Wells says, "I am delighted to welcome Lisa and Ashley to the Waxhaw Leadership Team. Lisa brings well over a decade of municipal knowledge and experience in both Planning and Administrative roles. She will be familiar to our government peers and a lot of the public. She has  already built a great amount of relationships locally." Wells added, "Ashley is coming back home to North Carolina and brings years of direct experience in the Main Street Program. In the past, the Downtown Director position has had dual job responsibilities. Ashley's position will focus solely on Downtown Waxhaw and the Main Street Program."


Welcome to the Town of Waxhaw, Ashley and Lisa!

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