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Thomasville Main Street has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of Accredited programs to recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™.

“We are very proud to acknowledge this year’s 862 Accredited Main Street America programs, and their steadfast dedication to nurture economically and culturally vibrant downtown districts,” said Hannah White, Interim President & CEO of Main Street America. “The increase in the size and impact of our network speaks volumes to the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of local communities and drive innovative solutions.”

In 2022, Main Street America programs generated $6.2 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 7,657 net new businesses, facilitated the creation of 29,174 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 10,688 historic buildings, and leveraged 1,528,535 volunteer hours. On average, for every dollar that a Main Street program spent to support their operations, it generated $24.07 of new investment back into their downtown communities.

Collectively, two million people live or work within the boundaries of designated Main Street America districts. An estimated workforce of 1.1 million people contribute their skills and expertise to advancing the missions of these historic downtowns and commercial corridors.

Thomasville Main Street’s program performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Main Street program, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify the local programs that meet rigorous national performance standards. To qualify for Accreditation status, communities must meet a set of rigorous standards that include commitments to building grassroots revitalization programs, fostering strong public-private partnerships, nurturing economic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and actively preserving historic places, spaces, and cultural assets.

In 2022, 14 Downtown businesses opened or expanded, creating 82 net jobs, and over $9.8 million was invested in 10 building rehabilitation projects. “We’re always excited when new businesses open or expand in Downtown Thomasville,” said Brandy Avery, Main Street Manager. “That not only creates additional jobs throughout our workforce but attracts visitors to our area and builds on the success of our community.”

Thomasville Main Street continues to be one of the most successful programs in Georgia because of strong community support. “Our Downtown continues to thrive because of the commitment from our property owners, business owners, city government, and community,” noted April Norton, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications. “From driving tax revenue and business activity to providing a community gathering place and resource for small business growth, Downtown Thomasville plays an important role in our community’s long-term quality of life.”

The Thomasville Main Street Program began in 1981. Since that time, Downtown Thomasville has experienced a net gain of 351 businesses and over 1,300 jobs, with over $153 million in public and private reinvestment.

For more information about the Thomasville Main Street Program, visit or call (229) 227-7020.


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