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DCA s Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund  How to Apply   Tips to Closing Out
Learn about the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' most popular downtown development financing tool. The Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund provides subordinating financing of up to $250,000 per project at below market interest rates for downtown projects.
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The Fox Theatre Institute: Utilizing Our Programs for Main Street
Check out this webinar to learn more about the role of the Fox Theatre Institute's (FTI) program and how they can impact your community. From Georgia Presenters support through group booking options, to the preservation and technical assistance grants---FTI works with numerous historic theatres and cultural centers across Georgia. The upcoming grant program requirements will be discussed as well as tips and tools for involving your theaters more in the Main Street Program. To learn more about the Fox Theatre Institute visit: https://www.foxtheatre.org/support/fox-theatre-institute
DDA's and Main Streets: Tools for Downtown Success in Georgia
This presentation covers the differences between Downtown Development Authorities and Main Street Programs in Georgia. These are great tools for economic success in the central business districts of our state. This video covers where they differ, where they can partner, and how they can make an impact.
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2018 Mid-year Annual Assessment Breakdown
Are you prepared for the upcoming Annual Assessment process? Are you sure of what will be expected of your community and how you can put your best foot forward. From Type-A planners to big time procrastinators, and everyone in between, this webinar is for you. In this presentation we will cover: - Which communities we will be conducting face to face presentations with in 2109 - What to expect during those presentations - What should you do as a MS Manager to prepare - How to select and reserve your program's presentation date - What you will need to do if your community is NOT selected to meet with us in 2019 - How you can get prepared now to avoid extra work during the holiday season - Where you should currently be in the 2019 Annual Assessment process
Work Plan Essentials
During this webinar the Office of Downtown Development staff walks you through the newly created 2017 Work Plan Template and 2017 Work Plan Review Form to show new managers and board members how these tools can be utilized to assist your community in developing and organizing your program's annual work plan. These tools have been developed by the Office of Downtown Development to help create a unified approach to organizing your communities work plan while also assisting ODD staff when reviewing your community's annual assessment. The items referenced in this webinar can be found on our Georgia Main Street Program website at http://www.georgiamainstreet.org/ga-standards-for-accreditation/
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Facade Easements  Preservation Tool and Incentive
Are you interested in learning how to use façade easements to protect and preserve historic properties? Façade easements have long been a tool used by preservationists to protect historic community landmarks in cities throughout the United States and quite often in the City of Atlanta. We hope that you will enjoy our webinar with guest presenter Ms. Angela Threadgill, Executive Director of Easements Atlanta, Inc. During this presentation Angela will guide those who are unfamiliar with the façade easement process through the legal requirements as well as the preservation benefits to implementing a program of this nature in your community. During this webinar Angela will also share with us case studies and success stories throughout Metro Atlanta area. For more information on Easements Atlanta please see http://easementsatlanta.org/
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2018 Georgia Main Street's Annual State of the Program
During this webinar the Office of Downtown Development will look back at accomplishments of the Georgia Main Street Network during 2017 calendar year. We will also discuss current trends and insights gathered from the annual managers survey, announce the release of Main Street 101 online and roll out some exciting new programs and changes that will be available to our Georgia Main Street cities in 2018.
The Development of Life Safety and Building Codes Working with Existing Buildings
Join us as Tom Little, Senior Associate Director of Historic Preservation at Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects provides us with an overview of how building codes came about and how we can work with them to accommodate our existing historic structures. Downtown Development professionals know the important role building codes play in their downtown's economic vitality. Using real life case studies, Tom will highlight both small and large economic development projects from around the state. To download a copy of this presentation: https://tinyurl.com/yb2hxdpb Presenter Contact Info: Tom Little, AIA Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects tlittle@sbcharch.com
The Value of Effective Communication with Elected Officials
Do you have a major project that you would like to see happen and aren’t sure how to get it initiated and navigated through the local political landscape? Would you like to become a valued asset to your elected officials and aren’t sure how or where to start? Are you aware of how your relationships with both state and local elected officials can contribute to the success or failure of your local program and it's overall impact in your community? During this webinar Tommy Lowmon, Communication and Training Coordinator with DCA’s Office of Downtown Development will focus on the value of effective communication with your elected officials. During this session you will learn how to be a resource to both your local and state officials and how they in turn can be a resource to you and your program. Learn tips and tricks for dealing with and winning over difficult leaders and hear about our recent visit to the Capitol, including ODD’s presentation to the House of Representatives Small Business Development Committee.
Publicity 101 for Main Street
In this seminar, Laurie Rowe and Rebecca Shirley offer insights and tools needed for a successful PR and Media Relations program. From the conceptualization of story ideas and editorial content to developing effective pitching skills and reporting published results, you’ll learn to garner valuable media coverage for your downtown shops, restaurants and businesses, as well as festivals and special events.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives:  Focusing on GA Main Street Programs
Our colleague Ms. Rachel Rice, of the Georgia Historic Preservation Division presents a concise look at the three tax credit programs most often utilized in Georgia. Generating more than $750 million dollars in tax credits this past year alone, Georgia ranks 13th nationwide for the amount of federal approved tax incentive projects approved annually. While these credits have been utilized all throughout the state one of the most well known tax credit projects in Atlanta is visible through Ponce City Market, which qualified for over $72 million in historic rehabilitation tax credits. Rachel started at HPD in 2010 and has previously held the positions of Tax Incentives Specialist and Preservation Architect for the Tax Incentives program. As the Program Manager for the Tax Incentives, Grants, and Rehabilitation Guidance Program she reviews state and federal tax incentive projects, offers design and technical assistance, and reviews grants and environmental review projects. A Georgia native, Rachel received a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech and attended a joint program between Clemson and College of Charleston for her Masters in Historic Preservation.
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Outside the Storefront: A Guide to Historic Downtown Landscapes
This presentation will explore three different types of downtown historic landscapes: streetscapes, parks, and cemeteries. Highlighting best practices from three of our very own Georgia Main Street communities, the presenters will discuss the planning process for treatment of these landscapes from concept to implementation of design.  This webinar will take  you beyond the typical facade rendering and show what we can do for our downtown when we step outside the storefront.   Presenters: Keyes Williamson, ASLA and Madie Fischetti, ASLA Keyes Williamson is Principal at The Jaeger Company and has over 25 years in the design and maintenance of public spaces. Keyes brings experience managing landscapes at historic sites, including Monticello and Old Salem, and directing the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum into his approach to landscape design and preservation planning. Keyes has been involved in a wide range of construction and planning projects for a range of clients, including universities, federal agencies, and municipalities. Keyes has also worked on a variety of preservation studies, including cultural landscape inventories, reports, and preservation plans. Madie Fischetti serves as Senior Landscape Architect/Project Manager at The Jaeger Company and has over 14 years professional design experience. Madie is responsible for a number of the firm’s downtown design efforts including master planning and streetscape design projects. Madie has assisted in numerous projects involving public participation and conducting community and user group input sessions. In addition to being a landscape architect, Madie has a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia, allowing her to assume leadership roles in historic landscape projects such as Cultural Landscape Reports and sensitive site design at historic sites.
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Places in Peril
Enjoy our webinar as Ms. Kate Ryan, Director of Preservation at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, talks to us about the Georgia Trust's Places in Peril program. Kate, a long-time advocate and partner of the Georgia Main Street Program, will discuss the requirements and steps for listing an eligible property, while highlighting some best practices from across the state. The Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril program seeks to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The list raises awareness about Georgia’s significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources, including buildings, structures, districts, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. Through this program, the Trust encourages owners and individuals, organizations and communities to employ preservation tools, partnerships and resources necessary to preserve and utilize selected historic properties in peril.
Sales and Use tax for Non Profits
Is your Main Street Board a non-profit entity? Do you work with local not profits in your community for fundraising events? If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you need to watch this webinar. By teaming up with the Department of Revenue, the Georgia Main Street Program is bringing you the latest information regarding this topic. Our speaker is Mitchell C. Robins, the Sales and Use Tax Manager, from the office of Legal Affairs & Tax Policy at the GA Department of Revenue. During his presentation we will cover a wide range of topics, both new and old, about the correct use, filing requirements, forms and specific items for which you should be collecting and remitting sales tax. Consider this scenario: Your community is hosting a festival/event and charging admission fees. Volunteers are collecting the cover charge and selling festival t-shirts. In the spirit of the festival, most organizations would give those volunteers the same t-shirts to help market the item. Sound familiar? Changes are happening at the state level regarding sales and use tax and these changes will impact the way we conduct business moving forward. Join us to find out what items you should be collecting sales-tax on. and whether or not the t-shirts you are selling to the public, the admission tickets, or even the shirts given to the volunteer are exempt from these practices. Find out the answer to your unanswered questions as well as the appropriate forms to use during this informational online session.
Creative Funding for Maintaining a Thriving Downtown
The ultimate goal of any Main Street program is to build a successful revitalization program that will spur job creation and preservation sensitive building rehabilitation. However, in today's economy where money is tight and funding is competitive, it is important to make sure that as downtown development professionals we are diversifying and layering our revenue resources. Lequrica Gaskins is the Economic Development Director for the City of Tifton. Known affectionately as the Queen of funding by those in the Main Street world, has tapped into both state and federal resources to make some of Downtown Tifton's biggest projects a reality. During this webinar Lequrica will guide us through the transformation of downtown Tifton, while highlighting the funding streams that helped to make these dreams a reality.
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Regional Commissions and Your Georgia Main Street Program
Join us as Burke Walker, Director of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, explains to us the important role that Regional Commissions can play in your Main Street Communities success. Mr. Walkers presentation contains several great case study examples of rehabilitation projects that the Region 5, NEGRC has been a part of. For questions please email mainstreet@dca.ga.gov
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Ins and outs of Georgia’s Hotel Motel Excise Tax
Understanding the nuances of Georgia’s hotel-motel excise tax is a fairly complicated undertaking. Nearly 300 local governments in Georgia have an excise tax in place and the process, the rates, and the restrictions on spending all vary based on a jurisdiction’s desired statutory authorization paragraph. This webinar will delve into the details about how to adopt the tax, what can be done with funds that are collected, which stakeholders should be a part of the discussion, and how a community can make the most of this revenue stream.
Making Downtown a Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Destination
In this webinar Katelyn DiGioia, State Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, will explore how to make streets functional and safe for all users. In 2014 there were 200 pedestrian fatalities on Georgia's roads with many of these occurring downtown. Planning safe walking and bicycling routes can both reduce fatalities and improve the aesthetics of your community. Katelyn's presentation will show you how to shape transportation policy and give you the tools you need to "talk the talk" with engineers and planners in your community.
Information regarding the changes to the National Main Street Network
The National Main Street Center has recently released information regarding changes in branding, the Main Street 4-Point Approach and new designation tiers. Listen here as we walk you through these new changes and help explain what their impact will mean for the Georgia Main Street Program Network.
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2015 State of the Program
The 2015 State of the Program webinar focuses on changes coming to the Georgia Main Street program. Included in this video are changes to the 2015 Memorandums of Understanding between Georgia Main Streets and the local Main Street Programs, changes to the monthly webinar series, changes in manager meetings and upcoming training opportunities for 2015.
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Let's Explore Georgia!
We hope that you are as excited as we are that Atlanta will be hosting the 2015 National Main Streets Conference. Please enjoy this short video and take this opportunity to Explore Georgia before your next visit!
Incorporating the Arts in your Downtown
Have you wondered how the Main Street program can better incorporate the arts in to your downtown district? Do you struggle to justify the role that the arts play in driving tourists to your community, or in encouraging economic development? Check out this webinar on “Incorporating the Arts in your Downtown” presented by Tina Lily, the Grants Program Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Topics to be discussed will include: • Arts relating to tourism • Arts relating to economic development • Grants offered by Georgia Council for the arts • Funding available from additional resources
The Georgia Main Street Program celebrates National Historic Preservation Month
Join the Office of Downtown Development as we discuss opportunities for Georgia Main Streets to highlight historic preservation month.
Working More Effectively with Local Media
As a Main Street program it is our responsibility to make sure we are sharing the story of our organization and its impact on the community at large. To ensure you are getting the most out of the coverage you desire it is imperative to have an effective and productive relationship with your local newspaper and media outlets. Join us for this previously webinar session as Catherine Edgemon, Perry Main Street Manager and former newspaper editor, walks us through the tips and the tricks of the industry highlighting for us best practices as well as providing our viewers with sample press releases and promotional news stories.
How to complete your Monthly Reporting
As a new Main Street manager you are responsible for completing monthly community activity reports highlighting your communities economic impact of your downtown district. This webinar will walk you through the process of completing the monthly reports and can be used as a resource for any questions that you have while completing your report.
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Techno Top 10: Tools to Help Downtown Organizations
This webinar focuses on specific technology tools and tips to make managing the downtown organization more efficient and effective in the community. Learn about free and cheap programs that can make a small staff seem like a large one.
A Manager's Guide to the National Register of Historic Places program
Interested in learning more about the National Register of Historic Places? Do you want to garner a better understanding of terminology like eligibility, period of significance and criteria? Do you have downtown commercial owners interested in listing, and associated financial incentives? Is your Main Street Program involved in supporting designations in your community? Please join Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, Program Manager of the National Register and Survey Program at the Georgia Historic Preservation Division for an informative educational presentation about the NRHP Program in Georgia and how you at Main Street can benefit from the program locally. Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, Program Manager Stephanie joined the staff of HPD in 2013. As the National Register Coordinator and Survey Program Manager, she manages the division’s National Register program, the team of HPD staff responsible for getting Georgia’s historic resources listed on the Georgia and National Registers of Historic Places, as well as working with the Environmental Review and Tax Program staff regarding National Register eligibility concerns. She also oversees HPD’s survey program, coordinating diverse efforts to survey historic resources statewide. Prior to joining HPD, Stephanie was the Senior Programs Director and sole full-time staff of Preservation New Jersey, Inc., the statewide non-profit historic preservation education and advocacy organization for New Jersey. With PNJ, she managed various education, outreach, legislative advocacy and awareness programs, including the annual listing of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey. Raised in Georgia, Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master of Heritage Preservation degree, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
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2016 State of the Program
During this webinar we will be reviewing for you things that your community will need to know to be successful in 2016. This will include the roll out of the new 2016 Annual Standards for Accreditation as well as new information about training and the monthly reporting process in the new year. Communities that are interested in participating in the Georgia Main Street Network are encourage to watch this video.
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Small Business Saturday & Boosting Reach with Social Media
Learn from Mechel McKinley of Main Street Stone Mountain as she shares her Small Business Saturday experiences as well as how she used social media to gain the Benjamin Moore Paint What Matters Program for her former Main Street community.
Online and On the Ground: Resources and Tips for Researching and Documenting Your H
Do you have a historic building in your downtown that needs design assistance? The Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Downtown Design Studio is always ready to help. In this WEB-U presentation, learn how to find key historical information about your building that can help the owner, community and our design staff in making good decisions for a historically based design strategy for restoration.
What is Georgia Main Street?  An Introduction to Downtown Development in Georgia
This webinar focuses on Georgia Main Street as the downtown development tool for communities working in the State of Georgia on downtown revitalization. Included is a brief history of the program, information on the Office of Downtown Development as the administrative coordinator of the state program, and the levels of service offered to communities through Main Street.
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Special Tax Districts
Special tax districts can be a great resource to Main Street communities but it can be challenging for staff to know what tax district will actually work best for your current situation. Join us as Billy Peppers, City Manager with the City of Canton, walks us through the ABC's of special tax districts. This presentation will focus on 4 types of districts: -Traditional Special Tax District -Business Improvement District -Community Improvement District -Tax Allocation District After this presentation you will have a better understanding of the procedural process for implementing one of these districts in your community as well as examples of how these districts have worked best across the state.
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Georgia's Main Street Impact
The Georgia Main Street program economic impact: By the numbers. The Georgia Main Street Program started in 1980 as one of the pilot state coordinating programs of the National Main Street initiative. Georgia Main Streets cities represent some of the strongest central business districts in both the state and the across the Nation. Since its inception, these elite cities have been instrumental in leading the state in small business development and job creation all while leveraging both private and public investment to increase tourism and revitalization efforts. Our office serves 107 communities in all 12 regions across the state. So basically 1/5 of all cities in GA are affiliated with our program! During Fiscal Year 15/16 we totaled reports for Georgia’s 86 Classic Main Street Cities. The results were impressive! In Georgia’s downtowns for every business that closes we have three new businesses open in its place. For every $1 of public funds invested in downtown we see $13 of private investment. This created $588,163,289.00 of private/public investment in our Main Street Communities. Making the point that Downtown Development is essential for quality community growth and the heart of economic development in our Georgia Main Street Programs.
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2014 02 10 09 01 New Services from the Downtown Design Studio
This presentation outlines new services available from the Downtown Design Studio at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.