GRAYSON – On Monday, January 26th the City of Grayson was recognized at the Annual Georgia Main Street Luncheon as one of 17 communities that are graduating from the Georgia Main Street Start-up Program in 2015 to receive the national designation of a Classic Main Street Community. In the fall of 2013 the City of Grayson was selected, out of 25 applicants, to participate in the largest Main Street Start-up class in the history of the Georgia Main Street Program. Over the following 14 months our community has worked closely with the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to prepare our community, downtown business owners, volunteers and elected officials for the journey ahead.
Through downtown development trainings, community visioning sessions and capacity building activities, our newly designated Main Street program is now ready to meet and exceed the guidelines for the 10 National Standards for Accreditation, as laid out by the National Main Street Center.
Billy Peppers, Director of the Office of Downtown Development reflected that “Each of the communities recognized here today has worked hard to earn the distinction of calling themselves a Main Street city. They join an expansive statewide network now comprised of over 100 designated Main Street Communities. We know that no matter what challenges lay ahead, each of these cities has worked hard to build a solid foundation upon which a successful Main Street Program can be built.”
“Grayson is extremely proud to be selected as part of this nationally recognized program which will build upon the unique potential of our city,” said Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson. “I am very excited about the opportunities that being a Main Street Community will bring to the City of Grayson.
Gail Lane, Grayson’s Community Development Director, will continue to serve as the Main Street Manager. “I am looking forward to being part of Grayson’s vibrant future,” said Lane. “The opportunities, training and networking that are available through the Main Street Program are important tools that we will use as we continue to make Grayson a vibrant community to work, live, play and visit.”
For more information regarding Main Street Grayson, please contact Gail Lane, Community Development Director, at (770) 963-8017 or you can follow us on Facebook at Get Into Grayson.