On first day in new role, Main Street Fairmont director sets the bar high for city's future

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Patricia Pagán is a well-traveled woman.

Originally from Long Island New York, she's spent parts of her life living in cities across the globe.

Including Fairmont West Virginia, where she and her husband raised their five kids.

After moving away from the Friendly City seven years ago, she's back in town, poised to make a difference.

"I think we need to get in there and make big plans right away," Pagán said.

She's the new executive director of Main Street Fairmont. Monday was her first official day on the job.

She initially came to Fairmont 21 years ago. After spending some time away, she said it was time to come back.

Her background is in entertainment and events. She hopes to use her experiences in bigger towns to work with local businesses and organizations to take Fairmont to the next level.

She said the city has taken strides in recent years to improve, pointing to the recent success of Palatine Park. She wants to see a similar community space built for winter events, like the fire station planned for the city's East Side.

"We've seen the foundation laid, and I think we are going to see a lot of things happen all of a sudden," Pagán said.

In this first week, she says she wants to meet local business owners and other leaders in the city. She says her extended family at one point owned six businesses in downtown.

"I said this years ago when finding Fairmont," Pagán said. "We were poised for something back then; we're absolutely at the place where wonderful things are about to happen."

She spent much of her first day on the job sorting through her new office and scheduling meetings for the rest of the week, hoping she can share her optimism for the town with everyone she encounters.

She replaces Nikki Lewis, whose resignation took effect at the beginning of the year. She left for another position in Morgantown