The Baldwin Lofts rehabilitation was financed in part by Georgia Cities and the Department of Community Affairs. The Baldwin received state and federal tax credits to make construction possible.
Georgia Cities Foundation President Michael Starr said The Baldwin was a big part of Milledgeville's tour recognition. He likes the town's infrastructure assets and nuance.
“We know there is a comprehensive planning process going on to keep downtown not only intact, but to revitalize it in a lot of different ways,” Starr said.
The foundation president described three things all successful downtown’s have —political will, private investment and visions turning into a developed plan.
Milledgeville ranks well considering these criteria, according to Starr.
“I think we find all of those in Milledgeville,” he said.
Starr noted a lot of things have changed for the better since the last 2002 tour visit.
The city's guests heard featured speakers representing Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority and the Greenway before a taste of the town at Aubri Lane's.
Private investment guests could help the community with funding down the line. Flaunting all the development efforts throughout the area might turn the tide with local projects.
“Downtowns are the heartbeat of our communities,” Bentley said. “We have a great interest in making sure our downtown survives.”
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