He is quoted as saying, “If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail.”
Douglasville Main Street Manager Stephanie Aylworth had the same philosophy when she took the position more than six years ago, she said.
That belief has helped make the Douglasville downtown area a showcase of revitalization, especially with the 2013 opening of the Douglasville Conference Center and upcoming renovations to the Welcome Center.
Although Aylworth departed Douglasville Friday to take the same position in Powder Springs, she left a legacy of leadership for the program which should continue to beautify the area and attract new business.
“These partnerships mean that our businesses and organizations in the downtown area have not only realized the value of a vibrant and attractive downtown but have dedicated themselves to it,” she said.
Main Street is a state-coordinated, community-based development initiative that seeks public and private partnerships to establish successful central business districts, according to the program’s web site.
Aylworth said that with Douglasville designated as a Main Street city, it is following an approach to downtown revitalization that has been successful statewide.
“The success of our program, which was initiated in 2000, can be found in the many partnerships this four-point approach has fostered with such groups as the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and the Douglasville-Douglas County Cultural Arts Center plus local businesses,” she said.
Aylworth said she believes the Main Street Douglasville program will continue to thrive, “because city officials and those in our downtown area have a vested interest in it and believe in downtown revitalization.”
She said another incentive which has helped downtown businesses endorse the Main Street program has been part of the city’s designation as an opportunity zone, which gives businesses state tax credits for relocating to the area.
She said it is her belief the individual who succeeds her in the Douglasville Main Street Program will be equally successful.
“From the outset,” Aylworth said, “the person coming into this position will have that unifying support of downtown revitalization already in place.”