• Cartersville Receives Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street Designation

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    February 25, 2021
    Cartersville receives Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street designation
    City recognized for successful implementation of business-driven strategy

    The Georgia Main Street program announced Cartersville will be added to the list of 18 cities that hold the designation of a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) community.

    The staff of the Office of Downtown Development with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs attended the February 18th council meeting to relay the mission of the Georgia Main Street program and the significance of the GEMS recognition. 

    GEMS cities represent some of the best Main Street Programs offered by the state. These Main Streets “have gone above and beyond expectations by making a strong and positive impact in their communities while utilizing the Main Street Approach,” according to Jessica Reynolds, the director of the Office of Downtown Development. Reynolds congratulated Cartersville on their “commitment to excellence and stable leadership” that led to this designation. Over the past three years, downtown Cartersville has seen millions of dollars in private and public investment, with an emphasis on new businesses and job creation.

    Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more 40 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

    The Main Street Approach® is a proven methodology that empowers communities to utilize their distinctive assets, such as their independent businesses and historic character, to revive their commercial districts, strengthen local economies and increase civic engagement. Since 1980, the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to downtown revitalization has been used by more than 100+ communities statewide to create more than 80,000 net new jobs and stimulate a 7.3 billion dollar private/public investment.

    About the Department of Community Affairs 
    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.