Growing Business, Preserving History.
The Georgia Main Street Program began in 1980 as one of the original pilot state coordinating programs of the National Main Street Initiative launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program launched with five local communities and has grown to serve 100+ communities statewide. Georgia Main Streets represent some of the strongest central business districts in the Southeast.
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“Visitors to Downtown Albany are greeted with a wealth of entertainment options, including the iconic Riverfront Walk featuring the Ray Charles Plaza, paying homage to the legendary musician and Albany native. Other notable landmarks such as the historic Bridge House, Municipal Auditorium, Flint RiverQuarium, and Turtle Grove Play Park offer enriching experiences for residents and tourists alike. History enthusiasts can explore sites like the Thronateeska Heritage Center, Albany Museum of Art, and Albany Civil Rights Institute, immersing themselves in the city’s rich cultural heritage. The Georgia Main Street program has played a pivotal role in Downtown Albany’s success story, employing an accreditation model that ensures the fruition of collaborative partnerships and community engagement initiatives aimed at rejuvenating the historic district. By strategically planning and implementing development strategies, Downtown Albany has been able to utilized the resources provided by the Georgia Main Street program to effectively safeguard the city’s heritage while fostering sustained economic growth and prosperity.” Lequrica Gaskins, DDA Director, Downtown Albany