How do I find out if my own city is a Georgia Main Street Community?
We have a listing of Georgia Main Street Communities here on our website. To visit this page click on the top link labeled "Main Streets Statewide" and our Georgia communities are separated into three groups including: Start Up, Classic Main Streets and GEMS. In Georgia we have more than 100 programs.
How do I find out more about the National Main Street Center (NMSC)?
The NMSC shares helpful information about their national conference and is accessible here http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/ The NMSC is a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and their office is located in Chicago, Illinois.
How do I learn more about what special events are going on across Georgia in Main Street Communities?
The best way to find events that are happening in your community, or others, is by referencing the individual website of your Main Street Community. We also post events on our own Facebook page regularly and encourage you to subscribe to our Facebook page here www.facebook.com/gamainst. Additionally we have an informative and concise weekly newsletter that shares upcoming events in our many communities.
When did Georgia become part of the Main Street movement?
Georgia became a part of the National Main Street Program in 1980. Georgia was one of the first accredited states to designate local programs with five communities including Athens, Waycross, Swainsboro, LaGrange and Canton. Presently we have more than a hundred Main Street Communities.
What is the role of historic preservation in Georgia Main Street Communities and nationally?
Historic Preservation and Design play a vast role in the Main Street program in Georgia and nationwide. Historic Preservation is at the focus in a community of who we promote a sense of place for our Georgia Downtowns. Historic Preservation is a platform for positive rehabilitation and adaptive reuse projects. We work with our partners at the Historic Preservation, Department of Natural Resources to ensure our Main Street partners keep up to date on historic preservation practices, trainings, and ways to encourage them to become a promoter and advocate for historic preservation.
How much time does it take to become a Georgia Main Street designated program?
The time to become a Main Street Community depends on many components. From the application process, site visits, approval period---the time period is typically two years from entry in the program to full national accreditation.
How do I become a volunteer in a Georgia Main Street Community?
We receive a great deal of interest about how people can become involved with volunteering in their own Main Street Community. First off we encourage you to contact the local Main Street Program where you live, or the closest one to your home. Our Georgia Main Street Managers typically has different volunteer positions for staffing seasonal events to supporting day to day practical office operation. We hope you will consider supporting your local program in this way. You may always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to make contact with your local Main Street Manager
Does the National Main Street Center offer trainings?
Yes, the NMSC offers many training opportunities throughout the calendar year, but most importantly they have a conference that they host annually called the Main Street Now Conference. In 2016 the conference will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 23-25th. You must be a National Main Street Member to take advantage of their training opportunities.
Do you have to be a Main Street Community in order to participate in training from the Office of Downtown Development?
You do not have to be a part of the Georgia Main Street Network to participate in training offered by our office. All cities, no matter their affiliation, are welcome to register for any of our events.
What is the difference between the Georgia Downtown Association and the Georgia Main Street Program?
The Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) is a non-profit association that promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia's traditional downtowns. Through advocacy, education and marketing, GDA works to focus the public's attention on the value of downtown. GDA is an independent association that supports both public and private sector efforts targeted at enhancing Georgia's downtowns. GDA has a number of programs that are designed to increase the opportunities for and multiply the talents of its members. Membership in the Georgia Downtown Association include cities, downtown development authorities, businesses, professionals and other individuals interested in downtown. We consider GDA our “sister non-profit” and our main promoter of all things downtown related. We typically sponsor the annual conference, work with the board closely on professional development and also promote and support their Mentor/Mentee program. We have an advisory role on their board and continue to grow our relationship.
When is the Georgia Downtown Conference?
The Georgia Downtown Conference will take place in Athens, GA March 9-11, 2016