Fort Payne is a little-known jewel, nestled in the mountains of Northeast Alabama. The city, citizens and local civic organizations have a rich heritage and emotional investment in our community and feel it is up to us to ensure we leave a lasting legacy for our future generations. Our economy has struggled with the loss of the sock industry and has just begun to see some positive movement toward a stronger economy. Our community understands it is imperative to have a plan and are excited about the wealth of knowledge Main Street Program offers, not to mention the successes with all its cities.
There are many benefits that accrue as a city or town becomes a Main Street community. More jobs, more open businesses and more tourism. It is important to us that historic Main Street communities have become successful tourist towns. With the historic quality and ambience of our downtown area we hope to attract all the things citizens and visitors look for in a community with the help of Main Street.
We love our beautiful Northeast corner of Alabama (foothills of the Appalachian Mountains) and are honored to be a Main Street Community, knowing that it will greatly enhance the character we already possess.
Main Street is a unique preservation based economic development program.