By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
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Grayson among selected for Georgia’s Main Street Start-up Program
Statewide program encourages downtown development

Grayson, GA -  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) announced that Grayson is one of nineteen Georgia cities selected to join the Main Street Start-up Program, which provides technical assistance to cities looking to improve their downtowns.

  Twenty-five cities across the state applied to the 2014-2015 program, the largest single group of applicants in he history of the Georgia Main Street Program. Collectively, they represent 284,503 citizens, $1.8 million in available local downtown program funding, and 10 service delivery regions of the state. 

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our downtown district," said Mayor Jim Hinkle. "It is definitely an honor to be selected for this program. I look forward to seeing its positive impact on Grayson in the future." 

"Speaking on behalf of the City of Grayson, I'm very enthusiastic about the many resources the Main Street Program will provide for our downtown," said Mayor-Elect Allison Wilkerson. "I look forward to working with Gail Lane, our Main Street Manager, as we build upon the many assets already in Grayson through this program."  

“I am thrilled to be part of the team that seeks to bring such positive progress to Grayson,” said Lane, who serves as Grayson’s DDA manager and has committed to the year-long training on behalf of the City.   

The other cities joining the program are: Albany • Cairo • Porterdale  • Ashburn • Chamblee • Ringgold • Auburn • Hinesville • Stockbridge  •Avondale Estates • Holly Springs •  Swainsboro • Lawrenceville  • Sylvester • Ball Ground