Posted on Jun 22, 2016
Main Street Alabama is taking a regional approach toward downtown revitalization through a new partnership with the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments.
The statewide organization is working with NARCOG to add Courtland, Eva, Falkville, Hanceville, Hartselle and Town Creek to the Downtown Network Communities of Main Street Alabama.
Main Street Alabama will use the nationally-recognized Four Point Approach to strengthen each community's downtown through organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
"Main Street programs have a catalytic effect on communities quality of life for both citizens and corporations," said Mary Helmer, president and state coordinator of Main Street Alabama. "A vibrant downtown is critical to a communities business growth and retention plan. We are pleased to partner with NARCOG to achieve their mission."
Each community will receive Main Street Alabama visits, as well as two regional NARCOG workshops each year in the spring and fall. Training will also be available as each town works to explore downtown redevelopment.
The communities join Albertville, Arab, Atmore, Attalla, Butler, Cordova, Cullman, Daphne, Fayette, Foley, Gulf Shores, Grove Hill, Jackson, Leeds, Lincoln, Luverne, Prattville, Prichard, Russellville, Thomasville, Trussville, Tuskegee, Union Springs, and York in the Downtown Network. To become a Designated Main Street Alabama community, each town must attend new city application workshops and complete an extensive application due in spring 2017.
Main Street Alabama reports 239 net new businesses, 2,392 net new jobs, $187,262,002 in private investment, $32,555,955 in public improvements, and 26,652 volunteer hours in Designated communities since 2014.
Main Street is a proven strategy for revitalization.