Downtown Statesboro Development Authority has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority’s performance is annually evaluated by Georgia Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.
“The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”
Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center
The Statesboro Main Street program 2017 Community Impact Report includes the program’s progress for the year. In 2017 downtown Statesboro had 129 promotional events with an attendance of 69,445 and volunteers served 7,651 hours. 33 rehabilitation projects were completed in the district that cost $783,345 and over $254,000 in public improvement projects. The total amount of public reinvestment in the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority was $4,609,801.
Executive Director Allen Muldrew stated, “It is a great achievement to be accredited and recognized as part of the Georgia Exceptional Main Street Program (GEMS). Of the 94 Main Street communities in Georgia, it was an honor to be included with only 16 Main Streets as an exceptional program: Bainbridge, Brunswick, Columbus, Dahlonega, Greensboro, Madison, Milledgeville, Moultrie, Rome, Newnan, Thomasville, Tifton, Toccoa, Tybee Island, Statesboro and Valdosta.”
Main Street Statesboro and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority are committed to the economic development, historic preservation and beautification of Statesboro’s downtown area. The purpose of Main Street Statesboro and Downtown Statesboro Development Authority is to revitalize downtown economically and socially within the context of historic preservation by increasing financial viability and ensuring the success of Businesses.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.
Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.