"Georgia Main Street has been synonymous with economic development and community revitalization. Georgia Main Street communities provide the impetus for business recruitment, building renovations, downtown events, tourism, partnerships, residential living, volunteerism, and historic district designation." - Connie Tabor, Toccoa Main Street
The Georgia Main Street Program began in 1980 as one of the original pilot state coordinating programs of the National Main Street Initiative launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program launched with five local communities and has grown to serve 100+ communities statewide. Georgia Main Streets represent some of the strongest central business districts in the state and in the Southeast.
Main Street 101 online!
Main Street 101 is now live and online! Main Street 101 has been re-imagined as a completely online, interactive experience designed to walk you through the Main Street 4- Point Approach from start to finish. Utilizing Prezi, a presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to relay information, this interactive guide was developed by the Georgia Main Street Program Staff and is a complimentary resource available to all Georgia cities.Read More
New Manager’s Handbook
The Georgia Main Street Program has created a New Manager’s Handbook as a resource for both new manager’s and board members as they navigate their way through the world of Main Street. From strategic planning to historic preservation and from the four points to financial assistance this handbook will provide readers with an overview of how you too can utilize these resources to your community’s benefit.Read More
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Main Street of the Month
Valdosta Main Street
“Downtown revitalization can be challenging work, but the Georgia Main Street staff is always there to make it easier. They offer a comprehensive set of resources, technical services, and educational sessions to help navigate the field of downtown development. Thirty years ago, when Downtown Valdosta’s economy showed signs of drying up, the City of Valdosta realized an investment was needed to save our historic downtown. It was a transformation that began with catalytic investments in the streetscape which, in turn, has attracted a diverse group of independent businesses. Today we are a beautiful and vibrant venue for shopping, dining and entertainment. Our successes wouldn’t be possible without the strong partnerships and support of the city, our board, and the Georgia Main Street Program.”
– Ellen Hill, Valdosta Main Street Director