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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Fredericksburg Main Street director selected

The Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative has hired its first executive director.

Ann Glave has been tapped to lead the new organization, whose focus is on helping downtown Fredericksburg thrive.

Glave is currently director of the The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, a cultural center in western Hanover County.

Glave between 1999 and 2005 ran a gift shop on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg called Glave & Company that specialized in handcrafted jewelry and crafts. She attended Virginia Tech as an undergraduate and has an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

More than 30 people applied for the executive director job. Scarlett Pons, president of the Main Street organization’s board, said Glave’s experience with non-profit organizations, volunteering, fundraising, retail as well as downtown Fredericksburg “helped distinguish her from an excellent field.”

Glave officially starts the job Feb. 1. The Main Street board plans a community meeting next month to introduce Glave and give updates on the status of the organization.