CLARKESVILLE Main Street is a community-based, self-help program designed to develop and maintain our city's economic health and quality of life. It is grounded in the principles of historic preservation and the National Main Street Center's four-point approach to downtown revitalization: Organization, Design, Business Development and Promotion. Through the work of our committees formed under each of these four areas of focus, Clarkesville Main Streets sponsors events and activities that improve the image of downtown, raise its profile and increase the economic opportunities available to our merchants, professionals and landlords.
The Main Street public-private partnership model has been implemented in more than 1,800 cities and towns in 44 states, and is aided by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development.
The purpose of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is to stimulate and sustain economic development in Downtown Clarkesville by encouraging cooperation and building leadership; by advancing a positive image of downtown and promoting it as an exciting place to live, shop, and invest; by sustaining and improving the appearance of downtown; and by strengthening and expanding the economic base of downtown.
The DDA meets on the 3rd Thursday each month at 5PM at Clarkesville City Hall.
The Clarkesville DDA Chairman is Joey Duncan.Â DDA Board members include:Â Mike Callahan, Roger Morris, Katie Ledford, Gabe Hotard, Franklin Brown and Dan Barry.
CLARKESVILLE MAIN STREET 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
L-R: Curt Robinson, Janet Taylor, Barrie Aycock, Joey Duncan,
Deborah Kilgore (chair), Claudia Lyle, Deana Brooksher, Mary Beth Horton (Director), Teresa Barry. Not pictured: Katie Ledford
Mary Beth Horton is the program manager for Clarkesville Main Street - an organization dedicated to promoting Clarkesville, attracting new businesses to downtown Clarkesville, and providing support to existing businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing/Public Relations from the University of Georgia.
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