My vision for Newberry is one that is vibrant, people filled all times of the day, artists, food, live, work, play scenarios.  This includes the surrounding neighborhoods as well.  I envision a town that is walkable in all aspects of daily life and encourages this.  I would very much like to see the 4 miles from the interstate to historic downtown be one that leads people to cross over Wilson Road and venture and stay downtown.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is that success is a journey, not a destination.  I live by this every day.  Somedays it’s a quiet unspoken moment that I will try again tomorrow and some days it’s a celebration of accomplishments.  And to always remember you are learning, and if you are the smartest person in the room, you need to pick a new room.

You would be surprised to know that I used to work for the Department of Defense when I started my career.  

I admire my parents.  My mom for going to Law School when I was 6 and my brother was 2.  And for my dad who supported this whole-heartedly and raised us during those three years she was working towards her goal.   

Molly Fortune

Executive Director, Newberry Opera House

Vice President, LHAT

FASTTRAC 2018

Downtown Newberry