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Stockbridge Main Street Program

         MEET THE STAFF

 

Kira Harris-Braggs   

Main Street Manager

Email Ms. Harris-Braggs

Phone:  678-833-3306

Lisa Fareed

Main Street Program Assistant

Email Ms. Fareed

Phone:  678-833-3325

 

 

In early 2013, the City of Stockbridge petitioned the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown Development for authorization to create a local Main Street Program.  In February 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was approved to initiate this process through the State of Georgia’s Main Street Start-up Program.

 

Designated by the State on January 26, 2015, Stockbridge Main Street is one of 100+ programs across the State of Georgia and part of a national network of over 1,800 active Main Street entities.  This community-driven initiative focuses on the deliberate and conscientious revitalization of older, traditional business districts throughout the United States.  The underlying premise of the Main Street concept is to encourage economic development, within the context of historic preservation, in ways that are appropriate for today’s marketplace.  Main Street programs advocate a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and emphasis on downtowns based on their unique assets, which usually include distinctive architecture, pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a true sense of community.

 

The Main Street Philosophy

 

The Main Street Four-Point Approach™ is a comprehensive strategy that is tailored to meet local needs and opportunities. It encompasses work in four areas:   Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion, and Organization.   Committees, that encourage community involvement and work to catalyze action in these impactful areas, are an important part of most Main Street Programs.

 

The Main Street philosophy and the Eight Guiding Principles behind this methodology make it an effective tool for community-based, grassroots revitalization efforts.  These eight components ask Main Street cities to take a comprehensive approach, move in incremental steps, promote self-help, create partnerships, strive to identify and capitalize on existing assets, emphasize quality, be open to change and, most importantly, be committed to implementation.

 

 

 

 

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