With a record number of applications flooding into the GDCA’s offices, Holly Springs was picked to join the program aiding cities wanting to improve their downtowns along with Albany, Lawrenceville, Hinesville and others, said Jennifer Stanley, Holly Springs spokeswoman.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring people and business to downtown Holly Springs,” Stanley said. “It’s an honor to be selected for this prestigious national program, which will allow us to leverage our many existing downtown assets. We’re looking forward to working with GDCA toward full certification.”
Billy Peppers, the state director of the Office of Downtown Development, said it’s an “exciting time” to be joining the statewide program.
“Georgia was one of the first states in the country to be a part of the national main street program, and because of this, Georgia’s downtowns have seen more than $3 billion in impact since 1980, along with the creation of more than 58,000 net new jobs,” Peppers said. “Georgia’s downtowns are truly open for business.”
Within the program, Stanley said the cities in the state Main Street program will receive assistance, including help with forming boards, creating two- and five-year work plans, developing program budgets and other tasks.