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Stockbridge selected for downtown development program
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December 17, 2013 04:39 PM | 1146 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced recently Stockbridge is one of 19 Georgia cities selected to join the Main Street Start-up program, which encourages downtown development, providing technical assistance and resources to sustain existing businesses and recruit more to the city’s central business district.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring people and business to downtown Stockbridge,” Mayor Mark Alarcon said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be selected for this prestigious national program, which will allow us to leverage our many existing downtown assets. We’re looking forward to working with GDCA toward full certification.”

The Main Street approach has been implemented in more than 1,800 cities and towns in 44 states across the U.S. with the help of the National Main Street Center and statewide downtown revitalization programs.

“In line with national trends, Georgia has seen renewed interest in downtown revitalization. We’re committed to helping our communities become great places to live, work and play, and our Main Street Program is one of our best examples of our technical assistance to Georgia’s local governments,” state community affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin said in a statement.

Twenty-five cities across the state applied to the 2014-15 program, the largest single group of applicants in program history.

Collectively, they represent 284,503 citizens, $1.8 million in available local downtown program funding and 10 service delivery regions

The other cities are Albany, Ashburn, Auburn, Avondale Estates, Ball Ground, Bowdon, Braselton, Cairo, Chamblee, Grayson, Hinesville, Holly Springs, Lawrenceville, Perry, Porterdale, Ringgold, Swainsboro and Sylvester.

These communities will work to join the 96 other Georgia cities in the program.

By integrating four points – organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring – into a practical downtown management strategy, the program can produce fundamental changes in a community’s economic base, Corbin said.

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