Commerce Main Street

Commerce Main Street

Commerce, GA

Http://Commercega.org/downtown

Our Main Street deserves this award because we were once a vibrant mill town and when manufacturing left our downtown our local businesses suffered greatly. Over the years a bypass was built a group of outlet stores were opened just outside our downtown and our downtown began to dry up. Buildings were now empty and have not weathered well. I came in here 4 years ago and have been working to revitalize and bring new small businesses downtown for people to come to. Small businesses often dont have money to repair or redo facades. I would use the money to fund our facade grant program that used to be funded by our local banks. We dont have local banks anymore and they dont fund it so I am trying to get more funding but our area is mostly small businesses so it is a vicious circle. We are a small town 6,800. This award would be a jumpstart to an amazing potential downtown.