In early 2013, the City of Stockbridge petitioned the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development for authorization to create a local Main Street Program. In February 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was approved by the Stockbridge City Council to initiate this process through the State of Georgia’s Main Street Start-up Program.
Designated by the State on January 26, 2015, Stockbridge Main Street is one of 100+ programs across the State of Georgia and part of a national network of over 1,800 active Main Street entities. This community-driven initiative focuses on the deliberate and conscientious revitalization of older, traditional business districts throughout the United States. The underlying premise of the Main Street concept is to encourage economic development, within the context of historic preservation, in ways that are appropriate for today’s marketplace. Main Street programs advocate a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and emphasis on downtowns based on their unique assets, which usually include distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a true sense of community.
The Main Street Four-Point Approach™ is a comprehensive strategy that is tailored to meet local needs and opportunities. It encompasses work in four areas: Design, Economic Vitality, Promotion, and Organization. Encouraging community involvement and working to catalyze action in these impactful areas, are an important part of most Main Street Programs.
The Main Street philosophy and the Eight Guiding Principles behind this methodology make it an effective tool for community-based, grassroots revitalization efforts. These eight components ask Main Street cities to take a comprehensive approach, move in incremental steps, promote self-help, create partnerships, strive to identify and capitalize on existing assets, emphasize quality, be open to change, and, most importantly, be committed to implementation.
For more information about the Main Street programs across the State of Georgia, visit www.mainstreetgeorgia.org. For information about the Stockbridge Main Street Program, visit: www.cityofstockbridge.com or contact the Stockbridge Main Street Program Office at email@example.com or 678-833-3306.
The Stockbridge Main Street Program’s mission is to design and support an identifiable downtown historic district that promotes economic vitality, cultivates artistic expression, encourages cultural enrichment, and nurtures community spirit.
The Stockbridge Main Street District, while preserving its historic character, will be a memorable, vibrant center of activity, business, culture, government, and entertainment that: