Many smaller Georgia cities have struggled over the years with keeping their historic downtowns full and lively.  For those that have made it a point of emphasis though, they are reaping the benefits of their efforts.  The city of Thomasville, in southwest Georgia, began its Thomasville Main Street Program all the way back in 1981, and has devoted energy and money into it ever since.  Per its most recent downtown economic impact report, there have been 60 new or expanded businesses in the downtown area since 2017, leading to 286 new jobs.  Communities across the state are copying from its Main Street program, which leverages an average of $18.90 for every $1 invested.  Thomasville was recently honored as a nationally Accredited Main Street America program, recognized for its “exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.”

 

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