Main Street Statesboro and the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority are committed to the economic development, historic preservation, and beautification of Statesboro’s downtown area. Our purpose is to revitalize downtown economically and socially within the context of historic preservation by increasing financial viability and ensuring the success of businesses.
This plan revolves around the following reasons:
- Downtown is the historic center of a community, representing the city itself in many people’s minds, as it remains the center for government and finance.
- Downtown’s built in environment is unique, representing a living history that bears testimony to the economic forces that created the city. Strip centers and malls are very similar. Downtown is a community’s signature. It leaves a mark on the mind.
- Downtown represents a tremendous investment over many years by both public and private sectors, yet properties are allowed to deteriorate decreasing tax bases.
- Downtown is a major industry as Statesboro’s Main Street District has over 200 businesses that employ over 1,700 people. Looking at these numbers, the economic impact of downtown is apparent. We must realize the importance of working with existing industry to ensure its viability.
- Downtown is a tangible symbol of the quality of life. A prosperous downtown, thriving with activity and business sends a positive message to industrial prospects and individuals searching for a home.
The reflection on the investment climate of a city may be the single greatest consideration in downtown development and it needs to give the impression that it is a good place to leave investment dollars.
Goals and Priorities for a thriving Downtown Statesboro
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, as part of the Georgia Main Street Program, works under a simple, yet effective Main Street Four Point Approach:
- Design – Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
- Organization – Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.
- Promotion – Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.
- Economic Vitality – Strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying developments.