It’s almost official. The Town of Braselton will join a league of several communities throughout the nation — Jefferson and Commerce, for instance — as a ‘Main Street’ city in a year. On Monday, members of the town’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) watched as mayor Bill Orr signed a memorandum after the council’s vote when the town’s affiliation with the program was officially announced. It is now a Main Street start-up city.
Although Braselton has operated itself under the Main Street program for about a decade, as a Main Street start-up, the town will have 12 months to meet all the criteria of a Main Street city and then it will be fully designated, town manager Jennifer Dees said.
“We now we will,” said Dees. “We have been operating as a Main Street city even without the designation for about six years now. The only thing we haven’t been doing is reporting to the Department of Community Affairs because they don’t let you report unless you’re a Main Street.”
Downtown Director Amy Pinnell will serve as the Main Street Director and the DDA will be oversee the program. A perk of being a Main Street program is the amount of grant funding available to participating cities.
“We are just so excited,” said Dees. “Being part of Main Street is going to be so important… I don’t see anything but benefits.”
This is the fourth time Braselton has attempted to enter into the program. Dees said she was told the town wasn’t chosen before because “there were other cities that needed help worse than (Braselton) did.”
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