Downtown Affiliate Network
The Downtown Affiliate Network is available to communities, neighborhoods, and non-traditional business districts that commit to downtown development but desire a more flexible approach to revitalizing their downtown. Affiliate designated cities can participate in training and have limited access to technical services offered by the Office of Downtown Development.
Sugar Hill, GA
Sweet Auburn, GA
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Classic Main Street Program
The Georgia Main Street Program has actively contributed to the revitalization success of Georgia's historic commercial districts since 1980. All Classic Main Street programs are annually accredited by the state of Georgia and designated by the National Main Street Center. These communities have set themselves apart by emphasizing historic preservation education and economic development, leading to an active and vibrant downtown.
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Georgia's Exceptional Main Streets (GEMS)
Georgia's Exceptional Main Street communities, better known as GEMS, represent some of the state's most vibrant downtown districts. These designated cities have demonstrated an exceptionally positive impact in their communities as measured by the Monthly Reporting and the Annual Assessment Process. GEMS-level communities are entitled to special one on one technical services offered through the Office of Downtown Development and discounted training opportunities.
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Main Street America™ is a movement. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 40 years. It is the leading voice for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization across the country. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. Working together, the programs that make up the Main Street America network help to breathe new life into the places people call home.
Main Street America is a mark of distinction. It is a seal, recognizing that participating programs, organizations, and communities are part of a national movement with a proven track record for celebrating community character, preserving local history, and generating impressive economic returns. Since 1980, over 2,000 communities have been part of Main Street, bringing renewed energy and activity to America’s downtowns and commercial districts, securing $61 billion in new investment creating more than 525,000 net new jobs and rehabilitating 251,000 buildings.
Main Street America is a time-tested strategy. Main Street America communities are encouraged to make use of a time-tested approach, known as the Main Street Approach. The Main Street Approach is rooted in a commitment to broad-based community engagement, a holistic understanding of the factors that impact the quality of life in a community, and strategic focus on the core principles of downtown and neighborhood revitalization: Economic Vitality, Quality Design, Effective Promotion, and Sustainable Organization.