The Canton Main Street Program was started as the Downtown Coordinating Committee in 2008 and became an official Georgia Main Street Community in 2009. The Georgia Main Street Program was created in 1980 as a downtown development initiative and now is one of the largest Main Street networks in the country. The state program coordinates with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Georgia's Main Street Communities have, since the program's inception, "...created over 56,000 net new jobs, nearly 12,000 net new small businesses and $3 billion in public and private investment in 96 downtowns across the state."
The Main Street Program's method of downtown revitalization is based on the Four-Point Approach™. The Four Points are Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring.
- Organization involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program.
- Promotion sells a positive image of the commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district.
- Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Design activities include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
- Economic Restructuring strengthens a community's existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.
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The Canton Main Street Program wants YOU to join us as a volunteer. Your talents can be used to help us revitalize our downtown. Please contact the program to learn about our committees based on the Four Points and get started today.
The Canton Main Street Program's mailing address is:
151 Elizabeth Street
Canton, GA 30114