Development Authority/Main Street Program
In 2008, City Officials confirmed their commitment to Tybee's Main Corridor by pursuing Better Hometown designation and achieving it in 2010. Since then, volunteers work with the program's board and committees to actively lead sustainable improvements through their input and hard work. The Georgia Office of Downtown Development merged Main Street and Better Hometown Programs in 2013, making Tybee Island one of the Georgia cities part of the largest MS (state) networks in the country. Read the media release announcing the merger here.
The program is led by a strong Board of Directors and Committee Members with assistance from the City's Executive Director Development Authority / Main Street and Volunteers to improve the community's quality of life through sound planning and implementation with private and public partnerships. Assistance comes from partnerships on a local, state, and national level to provide resources, technical assistance, and advice to stimulate quality revitalization. The "sense of place" is maintained to benefit Island businesses, residents and guests through understanding the local needs, opportunities and the island's unique assets year-round. Our approach is incremental in order to ensure a lasting effect with aspects of design / preservation, business assistance, promotion, and organization.
Since the program began, it has evolved and continues to flourish for the City of Tybee as a whole. From highly visible to the subtlest of changes, there have been a number of noteworthy successes due to strong partnerships and planning. A brief synopsis of the successes include:
- Obtained over $25,000 in grant monies to update the Historic Resources Survey in two phases. There are a total of 845 structures identified with this survey which totals approximately 40% of structures on the island.