CLARKESVILLE Better Hometown 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 Better Hometown 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 Better Hometown 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.
CLARKESVILLE BETTER HOMETOWN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Front Row: L-R: Angelia Sosby, Barrie Aycock (Vice-Chair), Deb Kilgore (Secretary), Mary Beth Horton, (Manager), Roberta Gunn, Gini Ruhlman
Back Row: L-R: Roger Morris, Teresa Barry, Franklin Brown, David Provine, Bill Gresham, Matt Mixon, John Misner (Chair), Judy Forbes, Bob Parker
Mary Beth Horton is the program manager for Clarkesville Better Hometown - 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.