Georgia Exceptional Main Street

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The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced on April 4 the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority is designated as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) Program for economic development efforts throughout 2016.

“Georgia Exceptional Main Street communities are united by common attributes that help make them the strongest commercial historic districts in the state- a commitment to historic preservation and planning, stable leadership and active municipal support,” said Jessica Reynolds, director of the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which houses the Georgia Main Street program.

Preceded by the National Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Award in May of 2016, the Georgia Exceptional Main Street designation further demonstrates downtown Dahlonega’s excellence in economic vitality, design, promotion and organization.

Investments in downtown Dahlonega in 2016 included 16 public and private construction projects totaling more than $1 million; $12,000 reimbursed through the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority’s historic preservation grant programs; 99 events produced; 20 special economic development projects completed; and over 4,000 community volunteer hours documented.

Read the entire 2016 Activity Report HERE

"The South's Best Small Towns 2017"

Southern Living featured Dahlonega as one of "The South's Best Small Towns 2017".  Click here to read the full article!

Announcement - Downtown Improvement Projects

During the months of January and February the City of Dahlonega will be replacing sewer and water lines along Park Street between Choice Ave and Warwick St and repairing downtown sidewalks. Daytime street closures will be kept to a minimum. Remember, BUSINESSES WILL BE OPEN and ACCESSIBLE during these projects.

Thank you for your patience as improvements are made to our city! Please call (706) 482-2707 for more information.

Parking Information

How do my customers find parking options? Through a simple Google search about "Parking in Dahlonega", customers can quickly find parking information via the DDA page and the Chamber page. Your more tech savvy customers are encouraged to download the Downtown App. The mapping resources in these tools help customers navigate directly to parking options as they approach town. These tools will help your customers choose the parking space that best fits their needs. If your customers prefer a more traditional approach to finding parking, the DDA has parking brochures available for distribution. Just give us a shout and we will deliver you some!

When are the 3-hour parking spaces enforced? To accommodate weekend customers as well as overnight guests there is no 3-hour parking enforced on weekends. The online parking map is a great tool to see the 3-hour parking spaces and unlimited parking space options for customers needing additional time.

Where should merchants and employees park? In order to reserve the most prime parking spaces for customers, we ask merchants and employees park as far away from the Public Square as you are able to. This is particular important during peak business hours of 11 AM – 5 PM. A great option is the old elementary school site on North Park Street, which is just a 5 minute walk from the heart of downtown. Each space your vehicle does not occupy becomes available for use by customers who are in town to spend money! Thank you for helping us change our parking patterns and choosing to park where it makes the most "CENTS"!

What about better connectivity and signage? The DDA is analyzing the pedestrian and vehicular experience. We will use this information to make recommendations about how to improve signage, sidewalk connectivity and lighting in order for everyone to have a more enjoyable experience walking around town!

Need to follow up with us? DDA staff contact information available HERE.

Shop Downtown for the Holidays

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Shop Downtown Dahlonega! The 65+ retail stores downtown offer everything from locally made art and specialty foods to home goods and brands such as Patagonia and Eno.

Reinvest your money in your community by shopping at small, locally owned businesses this Christmas season!

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with our Downtown Dahlonega Christmas video featuring some of our wonderful local merchants! Follow this LINK for the downtown business listing.

Christmas in Homestead

Enjoy the Hallmark Channel USA Christmas in Homestead! Filmed in Dahlonega, the movie features Taylor Cole (The Originals), Michael Rady (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Michael Nardelli (Revenge)! Happy watching from us at the North Georgia Film Office

Small Business Saturday

f28647c9 35af 4977 a796 ed5710827228Shop small on Saturday, November 26th for the 6th annual Small Business Saturday! Last year more than 95 million people across the country shopped small thanks to communities coming together to support locally owned businesses like those in Downtown Dahlonega. Kick off your holiday shopping by supporting the small, locally owned businesses in Dahlonega!

For a complete list of small businesses in Downtown Dahlonega check out the DDA Downtown Business Listing.

21 of the Best Small Towns in America

small towns 03While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isn’t for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a respite. Luckily, the U.S. is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapes—or to settle down in. Coming in proudly at #3 is Dahlonega, Georgia!  

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Downtown Dahlonega App!

ddapp home printCustomers can now explore downtown Dahlonega the way they experience everything else — via mobile! With over 80 retail shops, hotel establishments and restaurants along with coupons and events customers have all the information needed to plan and enjoy their time in downtown Dahlonega!

The app provides instant access to Google maps, a service that helps customers navigate their way around town. Integration with Twitter and Facebook allows users to easily share their favorite finds with family and friends.

The Dahlonega mobile app is brought to you by Mobile Mind Technologies, in partnership with the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices. Follow this LINK for more information.

Dahlonega Awarded Great American Main Street Award

The National Main Street Center, Inc. announced today that Dahlonega, Georgia has been chosen as a 2016 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winner. The City of Dahlonega and the Dahlonega Main Street program were recognized at the 2016 Main Street Now Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Downtown Dahlonega is a sparkling example of how careful planning, small business support and historic preservation can combine to create a thriving downtown,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Its downtown district, art galleries, restored theater and courthouse stand out in North Georgia, making Dahlonega a truly distinctive shopping and dining destination and a charming place to call home.”

In its 15 years of operation, Dahlonega Main Street distinguished itself as a vital downtown partner in several ways. When a fire devastated several businesses in 2014, the organization led the effort to assess the damage, create an action plan and relocate displaced businesses and 40 employees. In partnership with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, local and state government agencies, and the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega Main Street has facilitated 180 building rehabilitations, 108 new business openings and a reduction in retail vacancy rates from 20 percent in 2000 to 2 percent today.

The other two 2016 GAMSA winners are Shaw District in Washington, D.C., and Audubon Park in Orlando, Fla.

More Information:

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