Macon officially joined Columbus on Thursday as the only two Georgia cities to achieve the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Urban Main Street designation.
At a news conference at the Armory Ballroom in downtown Macon, DCA officials awarded Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Main Street Macon board President Jan Beeland a plaque to mark the distinction.
“This is very exciting for Macon, especially downtown Macon,” Reichert said.
The Main Street program was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revitalize downtown areas in cities across the United States. It uses a four-point program that focuses on organization, promotions, design and economic restructuring.
Cities with populations over 50,000 are designated as Urban Main Streets. There are several cities in Georgia designated as Main Street programs with smaller populations.
The Main Street program is designed to bring together various groups in downtown to work toward a common goal. Having the designation can help attract businesses and residents, and can help the city win grants, Reichert said.
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