Georgia Main Street LogosThe National Main Street Center was established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to address issues facing older and historic downtowns. The Georgia Main Street Program was one of the original pilot state programs, beginning with five local communities. Today, there are over 100 Georgia Main Street Programs. The Thomasville Main Street Program began in 1981.

The Main Street program focuses on the core principles of downtown revitalization, implemented through comprehensive work in four areas known as the Four Points. These Four Points are Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring.

Each year, the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial districts. This recognition is known as the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). Since the award’s inception in 1995, 100 Main Street programs have been honored. In 1998, Thomasville was the first Georgia city to earn this honor. Thomasville’s Main Street program has also been recognized as a Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) community, representing one of the best of the Georgia Main Street programs.

As a Main Street America Accredited program, Thomasville Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,500 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main street America Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

The Thomasville Main Street Program’s Mission is to foster and enhance the authentic identity and historic character of downtown Thomasville. Downtown Thomasville will be a dynamic and creative city center where people want to live, aspire to work, love to play and long to return.

For more information, please contact us at (229) 227-7020.