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Milledgeville Wins Highest Honors at Georgia Downtown Conference
Milledgeville Wins Highest Honors at Georgia Downtown Conference

At a statewide conference, Milledgeville was named the 2013 Downtown Development Program of the Year.

According to a release, the town has netted 82 new jobs, 25 new businesses and 18 building rehabs since 2010.

The town has also invested $55 million in the Main Street area through both public and private funds.

Milledgeville won out of over 50 applications at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence event in Savannah last week.

Read the full release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:

Hundreds gathered in Savannah last Thursday night, August 15th, at the Historic Lucas Theater to recognize those individuals being honored at the Georgia Downtown Awards of Excellence Event.  This awards reception held annually in conjunction with the Georgia Downtown Conference recognizes outstanding achievements in downtown development by our local communities, volunteers and hard-working downtown development professionals. 

As the premier conference on downtown revitalization in the state, the Georgia Downtown Conference promotes downtown and economic development through public awareness, governmental relations and education. The conference provides an opportunity for downtown and community development professionals and state and local leaders alike to grow their knowledge regarding programs, activities and tools to aid in revitalization efforts.

With over 50 applications received competition for this year’s awards were fierce but a few outstanding projects stood out amongst the group.  This year’s winners received recognition in four different categories including design, promotions, organization and economic development representing the four pillars of the Main Street Four Point Approach.   The Milledgeville Main Street Program was the recipient of the 2013 Downtown Development Program of the Year award.

Since 2010, Milledgeville has seen 82 net new jobs, 25 new businesses and 18 building rehabs.  In that same time frame, the downtown program has watched $55 million invested in the Main Street area through public and private investment.  For every $1 of public funds investment, the community has seen $74.88 of private funds leveraged.  It has been transformed by dedicated developers; it has been directed by a board of creative thinkers and is staffed by a rising star in the downtown development profession.  This year, the program launched BOOST, a competitive grant initiative by local entrepreneurs for local entrepreneurs.  This program is just one of the many reasons why this community is succeeding in excellence in the field of downtown development.   Billy Peppers, Special Assistant at the Department of Community Affairs, reflected that “Milledgeville Main Street has been a leader in statewide downtown development during the past two years and represents a place for unique ideas to create opportunities for economic growth and prosperity while not forgetting its historic roots.”  Congratulations again to City of Milledgeville and the Milledgeville Main Street Program!

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