The Georgia Main Street Program originated from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2003, Hapeville was the only city in Georgia to receive Main Street Designation.
Main Street City
As a designated city, Hapeville receives technical assistance and resources from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which assist the City in their efforts to build a stronger local economy through revitalization of the downtown area. Such technical assistance and advice designed to stimulate downtown revitalization are provided to designated cities through a variety of public/private partnerships.
The Main Street approach has been implemented in over 1,800 cities and towns in 44 states across the nation with the help of the National Main Street Center and statewide downtown revitalization programs. By carefully integrating four points into a practical downtown management strategy, a local Main Street program will produce fundamental changes in a community's economic base.
The Four Key Areas:
- Economic Vitality - rooted in a commitment to make the most of a community's unique sense of place and existing historic assets, harnessing local economic development opportunities and creating a supportive business environment for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and locals.
- Organization - focused on ensuring all organizational resources are mobilized to implement the Community Transformative Strategies.
- Design - focused on supporting transformation by enhancing the physical elements of downtown while capitalizing on the unique assets that set the commercial district apart.
- Promotions - focused on bringing excitement to the downtown area. Includes engaging downtown activity through marketing and special events.