Meet Janna Jenkins, the new Director for the Natchitoches Main Street Office.
She originally came to Northwestern State University three years ago from Monroe. While studying at NSU she completed an internship at the Monroe-West Monroe Visitors Bureau in the Communications Department. After graduating in 2016 with a major in hospitality and tourism management and a minor in communications, she left Natchitoches.
Although she left, Jenkins always wanted to move back.
“I always felt like Natchitoches was my second home,” she said. “When I heard about the director position at the Main Street Office I knew it was meant to be. Within two weeks of accepting the position I was here.”
Jenkins said she’s excited because her new job also entails PR for the City and she’s always been focused more toward the PR and marketing side of things, particularly with her strong background in communications.
“Main Street and Front Street are the heart of Natchitoches,” she said. “I’m excited about this opportunity to represent this historic area. It was something that spoke to me. I knew it was a job I could put my heart and soul into and it would be rewarding.”
Jenkins is diving into the community and planning upcoming events such as Bloomin’ on the Bricks. Regarding the challenges she faces with the ongoing riverbank renovation project this year, she said, “I’m not only doing these events for the first time, but I’m doing them differently. I’ll try to make everyone happy, but I couldn’t ask for a better small town community than Natchitoches.”