Grayling Main Street director leaves to take a similar position in nearby county

Rae Gosling said she enjoyed her time serving Grayling and will continue to be involved in the community
The director of Grayling Main Street is leaving the organization to pursue a similar job in a neighboring county, but she is not leaving the community.
Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director, ended her tenure with the organization last week; her last day was Wednesday, October 20.
The City of Grayling accepted her resignation during the October 11 regular city council meeting.
“Thank you for letting me serve,” Gosling said during the meeting. “Happy to have been here.”
Council members wished her well.
“I did want to say thank you to Rae for everything she’s done for Grayling,” Mayor Heather Forbes said during the October 11 meeting.
Gosling said she has accepted a Community Economic Development Association of Michigan position in Kalkaska to work on community redevelopment.
“It’s very similar work to what I do here,” Gosling said.
She said her new job will allow her to serve a larger area, working more with businesses, and it will involve less event planning than her work in Grayling. Gosling said she will not miss the fundraising aspect of her position with Grayling Main Street but she might miss some of the event planning.
“I do love to throw a good party,” she said.
Gosling worked with Grayling Main Street for five years. She said she enjoyed learning about the position and the community, meeting new people, and building new relationships. She said it was a “change of pace” coming from Denver to Grayling.
“Overall my favorite thing about my time in Grayling was the opportunity to learn,” Gosling said.
Gosling said she enjoyed sharing Grayling’s story – its progress through the Michigan Main Street program and its recent growth – with other communities.
“It doesn’t matter what your resources are, you can make it work,” Gosling said.
She said one highlight of her time at Grayling Main Street was the community’s official progression in the program.
“I was really proud of achieving Master Level,” Gosling said. “That was six years of hard work. It was really great to see our community progress to that next phase.”
Gosling said she is not leaving Grayling; she intends to stay in the community with her family and commute to Kalkaska. Gosling said she plans to continue her local volunteer work with the museum and cheerleading, and she will continue to run a bowling group.
“All those things are staying the same,” Gosling said.
Gosling said she is looking forward to enjoying Grayling events as a participant instead of as a planner.
“I truly did enjoy my time here in Grayling. It has been a great opportunity,” Gosling said. “Best of wishes to all of Grayling.”
Gosling said Grayling Main Street/Downtown Development Authority has a new hiring committee to find a replacement for her and they’re also working with Michigan Main Street.
“They’re on the right path,” Gosling said.

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