TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

 

Project Coaching
With seasoned economic development professionals on staff, we are available to provide one-on-one guidance through the lifespan of both private and publicly-funded downtown development projects. From the crucial early planning stages of analyzing feasibility to identifying key partners and financial resources, we work alongside Main Street managers, their boards, and key city staff to ensure that no complexity of a project is overlooked. To see if your project may be a good fit for our team, please reach out to our staff at mainstreet@dca.ga.gov.

 


Capacity Building & Meeting Facilitation
Board development and work sessions play a vital role in the strategic planning process. While Main Street Managers are encouraged to lead the community visioning session process themselves, it can be valuable to bring in an impartial meeting facilitator to assist with the board retreat. Utilizing a wide variety of meeting styles and techniques, our team is equipped to support communities with capacity building, community visioning, and strategic planning. Board retreat facilitation is available as a complimentary service to GEMS designated communities and available to Classic and Affiliate communities at a special price point. For a quote regarding meeting facilitation services, please reach out to the Office of Downtown Development staff at mainstreet@dca.ga.gov

 



Marketing & Storytelling Technical Assistance

Sharing your community’s story uniquely and thoughtfully allows you to engage, build and attract audiences that you may not otherwise reach. Our team has marketing and communications experts available to support managers in developing best practices, identifying marketing assets, curating a balanced social media strategy, and brainstorming creative ways to tell your downtown’s story.

 



Compliance Assistance and Accreditation Support

All designated programs in the Georgia Main Street network are assessed annually through standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Office of Downtown Development. Although the standards and assessment process seems rigorous at first glance, they are foundational in nature. Our staff is here to ensure that every Main Street program in Georgia has the tools and resources necessary to be successful and supported through the assessment process. We are available to provide oversight and assistance of key program components throughout the year, such as work plans, monthly reporting, file retention, and annual assessment documents. If you need assistance or support with Main Street accreditation, please email the team at mainstreet@dca.ga.gov

 



Access to the Main Street Network and Shared Resources
With a network of over 800 nationally accredited communities, our team firmly believes that one of the most valuable assets to Main Street managers is access to a community of like-minded professionals whose vision and mission similarly align with our own. Designated Main Street communities will have access to interface with sister programs from around the country through the National Main Street Center’s platform, The Point. In Georgia, the Office of Downtown Development team has created a private Facebook group for Main Street staff and managers as a medium for sharing ideas, resources and information, in real-time.