In January and February of 2024, the Office of Downtown Development will be meeting with Regions 1, 2, 5, and 7 to conduct one one-on-one annual assessment reviews. Each Classic Main Street designated program will be required to select a time slot to meet with our team. Each program is required to give a presentation during its time slot and must have a manager, a city or organizational representative, and a board member present. Each time slot will be two hours in length. The presentation itself should not run more than 1 ½ hours in length, leaving time for discussion and questions.
Who you should bring:
At a minimum 3, the Main Street Manager should lead the presentation, bringing at least a board member, and city representative/supervisor.
Who we will bring:
We will have the Georgia Main Street staff (approx. 4 or 5) present for your visit.
If you have any questions about the application or the site visit as you prepare, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
(GEMS communities will be contacted directly regarding the 2024 accreditation process)
*If your region is not included in this list above, this means you will not meet face-to-face with ODD staff for a presentation. For those communities that will not be presenting, you will complete the 2024 Annual Assessment Checklist and Affidavit with Requirements.
Meeting Dates and Locations:
January 30-Feb 1, 2024 – Athens
February 13-15, 2024 – Rome
February 27-29, 2024 – Athens
Registration will be open on October 2nd.
Each community will have two hours to meet with the Office of Downtown Development staff. During this time, the local program manager will provide ODD staff with an overview of their local program using the provided PowerPoint presentation template. The information provided should be on events and programmatic accomplishments that occurred in 2020 – 2023. Presentations should last no longer than one hour. After the presentation, ODD staff will walk through the elements of each community’s annual assessment document with the community representatives present in order to gain a better understanding of their current Main Street program’s standing. Communities will leave knowing their designation status for 2024 as well as any recommendations for the program moving forward.
What your presentation should cover:
Make sure you brag on yourself and your projects and feel free to make this your own. Incorporate your own branding, colors, and design. If you customize the presentation to fit your brand, please make sure you still answer all the questions, and please keep the questions in the same order. You can use more than one slide to answer a question. You will have an hour and a half max to present. The use of pictures, visual examples, and videos are highly encouraged. Be mindful of acronyms. We are all guilty of using them… but new members on our team may not be familiar with the acronyms you use to identify the multiple organizations and programs you have in your community. The PowerPoint isn’t due until your presentation day, however please upload it to your Dropbox folder prior to your presentation day just in case there are technical difficulties.
Acworth: (Click on images below to view examples of past presentations)