The Union Recorder

Opinion

August 21, 2013

Persistence pays off for downtown development

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville Main Street and downtown development took center stage among 96 Main Street programs at last week’s 2013 Georgia Downtown Association Conference held in Savannah.

The local Main Street program earned the 2013 Award of Excellence in Downtown Development Program of the Year. Additionally, Frank Pendergast, owner of The Baldwin Lofts, received the 2013 Award of Excellence Gold Medal presented by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Downtown Association. The gold medal award was in recognition of The Baldwin Lofts’ design and innovative use of financing streams.

The Main Street award garners the local program $1,000, while The Baldwin Lofts award earned a $500 prize.

The recent recognition is not only noteworthy, it is also a testament to the level of persistence needed to see great things in downtown come to fruition.

Georgia’s Main Street program, according to its website, “is a community-based development initiative that encourages public and private partnerships to create successful central business districts.” The recent Main Street program recognition for Milledgeville at the state level serves to draw greater attention from others around the state to the work being done here at the local level.

Statewide attention aside, the honors recently bestowed on the state level should remind us of what can be done not only in the downtown community, but that this level of recognition and success can spread through the reaches of Baldwin County with the same level of persistence and willingness to work toward the common goal.

Working through whatever the issues are for the sake of the common goal of seeing growth and development. These downtown development honors serve as a reminder to the local community what Milledgeville and Baldwin County has to offer and the potential for future projects and new ideas for development to come.

 

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