Main Street Newnan recognized by Gov. Deal

by Celia Shortt

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Main Street Newnan was awarded a Georgia Downtown Conference Award of Excellence Gold Award for Economic Development. From left: Billy Peppers, director for the Office of Downtown Development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; Courtney Collins, Newnan Main Street manager; Harris Tessler, Property Owner/Developer; Hasco Craver, Newnan Business Development director; and Tommy Lowmon, president of the Georgia Downtown Association. Main Street Newnan was also awarded a bronze award for promotions. 


Main Street Newnan has received two Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence, highlighting the city department’s work in economic development and promotions.

“It’s a great testament to the work of the Main Street program, the business development office, the city, and the downtown development authority,” said Hasco W. Craver IV, business development director for Newnan. “We are excited and honored by these awards.”

Main Street Newnan won one of two gold awards in economic development. It also won a bronze award in promotions for its planned National Donut Day festivities.

The awards were handed out at the Georgian Downtown Conference, which promotes downtown and economic development through public awareness, governmental relations, and education, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence in a press release sent out on Thursday.

“Our downtowns are the heart of our communities, and these award-winning cities set the standard for downtowns across the state and nation,” said Deal. “A vibrant, economically robust downtown is a sign of an actively engaged community committed to enhancing its economic competitiveness and its quality of life.”

“The number and quality of awards for these outstanding projects reminds us that the hard work of each individual community, no matter how large or small, contributes to making Georgia a great state in which to live, work, and play,” Georgia Downtown Association President Tommy Lowmon added.

For Newnan’s awards, Craver was quick to point out they would not have been possible without all the workers, volunteers, board members, business and property owners, and everyone else involved with the development and events downtown.

“It just as much their award as ours,” he said.

He also commended Main Street Director Courtney Collins for her work.

“A lot of this is Courtney’s doing,” said Craver. “Since she’s come on board, she’s re-energized the program and taken a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization.”

He said the bronze award Main Street earned for its National Donut Day promotion was “all her.”

“She worked with the promoters, businesses, and everyone else involved,” he said.

Besides being excited and honored about these achievements, Craver feels they affirm Newnan is headed in the right direction.

“We will continue working to make sure Newnan remains the best downtown in Georgia,” he said.

More than 50 Georgia communities earned nominations this year, and 13 were selected for gold, silver, and bronze awards in each of the four categories – design, organization, economic development, and promotions.



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