Downtown Bainbridge Receives Main Street America 2022 Accreditation – The Post-Searchlight

Downtown Bainbridge has been designated as a Main Street America™ Accredited Program to meet rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their outstanding commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through The Main Street Approach™.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Main Street America’s 863 nationally accredited programs this year who have worked tirelessly to advance economic vitality and quality of life in their downtowns and commercial districts,” said Patrice. Frey, president and CEO of Main Street America. “In another incredibly challenging year, these programs have demonstrated the ability of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities. I am inspired by their unwavering leadership and innovative solutions to boost vital local recovery efforts, support small businesses, and nurture vibrant downtown neighborhoods.

In 2021, Main Street America programs generated $5.76 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,601 net new businesses, generated 30,402 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,595 historic buildings, and mobilized 1,427,729 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar spent by a Main Street program to support its operations, it generated $19.34 in new investments in Main Street communities.

Downtown Bainbridge’s performance is evaluated annually by Amanda Glover, who works in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. Judging criteria determine communities that are developing meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as promoting strong public-private partnerships, supporting small local businesses, and actively preserving places, spaces and assets. historical cultures.

Bainbridge town center has seen tremendous growth in 2021 with twenty-one new businesses opening, creating ninety-five jobs. Fifteen properties have been sold over the past year with sales totaling over $1,800,000. In eleven private improvement projects, more than $2,890,000 has been privately invested in the downtown area. Downtown Development Authority Director Amanda Glover said, The City of Bainbridge has worked closely with the Georgia Main Street Program for the past 30 years. As a Main Street community, we have executed the Main Street approach by implementing a program of work based on our strategic vision and plan. Bainbridge has been a mainstay of southwestern Georgia as a center of trade and commerce. This has been demonstrated by streetscape projects, creating local incentives to encourage downtown redevelopment, and by the city’s investment of nearly $4,000,000 in its City Hall located in the heart of downtown. -town. The past few years have been difficult for all, and Bainbridge has shown its resilience by continuing to invest in its downtown area by cultivating community partnerships through the Broad Street Alley project, building the Downtown station (public restrooms + information to visitors), an open-air venue known as Hook & Ladder, the installation of a public park and the creation of additional outdoor seating at Willis Park, our public plaza. The Main Street community is an immeasurable resource that has helped shape and guide our program. Bainbridge’s vibrant downtown continues to enhance our community and create opportunities for local entrepreneurs. »

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