Stakeholders and city representatives from downtown Foley have been attending Main Street Alabama trainings and working with the organization since 2014.
In 2015, the city became a member of the Network, the first step in becoming a Designated Community. Since that time, Main Street Alabama staff members visited downtown Foley on several occasions, participated a Think Tank hosted by a local business woman, met with city leaders in the community, and made a public presentation about the areas of the Four Point Approach and explained how it could work in Foley.
While the city has seen numerous recent successes with development projects in other areas of the community, focus is now set on the historic core. The community not only recognized the importance of the district's authenticity, it raised private pledges and public support to launch a program.
The City of Foley's Community Development Director and Chamber of Commerce have led the effort to gain Designation. Representatives from Foley attended a Main Street Alabama application workshop in January 2017 and decided to move forward with the process. This Spring, the group completed an application that required an extensive understanding of the downtown district. The team then traveled to Birmingham and made a presentation to the selection committee. The community was scored and the Main Street Alabama Board of Directors voted to make them a Designated Community. On June 1, Main Street Alabama made the official announcement.
Main Street is a unique preservation based economic development program.