5 questions with Elizabeth Lee, vice president of community relations and marketing for Uptown Columbus

You just started Dec. 1 as Uptown’s vice president for community relations and marketing. What’s that job entail?

Uptown is a nonprofit organization with a very small staff, so I have a wide variety of job responsibilities and at times I wear many different hats. Part of my job is working with the merchants and restaurant owners in Uptown to create new activities and events to bring people to Uptown. Another hat I wear is to promote the Uptown Concert Series (which kicks off April 13), Market Days (which kick off April 7), and other events going on in Uptown, through traditional and social media. Also, I help with our fundraising campaign, which helps us reinvest money into the Uptown community.

Why did you get your degree in recording industry management?

I decided to go to MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) to pursue my degree in Recording Industry Management because I have a passion for music. Music is a language that I think everyone speaks, and music can bring different types of people together. I chose MTSU because I was so passionate about music, and I knew I wasn’t going to become a big star within the industry, so I wanted to work behind the scenes. I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to pursue that dream, but I am thankful for where I am now!

How does Columbus compare to your hometown of Knoxville, Tenn.?

I think Columbus and Knoxville are very similar. Both cities have a lot to offer in the realm of entertainment and family-friendly events. Also, Broadway reminds me of the Market Square area of Knoxville. There are so many great locally owned and operated shops and restaurants there. Market Square also does a great concert series, Sundown in the City, which is very similar to the Uptown Concert Series. There are times when I am walking around Uptown and I have to remind myself that I am not in Knoxville.

You came here from Nashville. What was life there like?

Life in Nashville was a blast. As a lover of country music, Nashville was the place to be! My life in Nashville was very busy. I came from a public relations and advertising agency, and it was a very client-driven business. So I spent a lot of time at the office, and when I was home, I was spending quality time with Riley (my mutt, whose birthday was St. Patrick’s Day).

What is the Columbus area’s best-kept secret?

The powerhouse deck at Eagle & Phenix. The view is breathtaking, and it is a perfect place to watch the progress of whitewater!