Development Authority/Main Street Program

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The Development Authority/Main Street Program is an inclusive program through the City of Tybee Island that
focuses on economic development within the context of historic preservation in a balanced fashion.

The City of Tybee Island is an accredited National Main Street Community due to years of dedication by staff and partners working in collaboration with administration and elected officials to improve the sense of community, maintain a sustainable year-round economy, and preserve the architectural uniqueness of the barrier island.  The Department of Community Affairs' Office of Downtown Development oversees the State's Main Street program, which is one of the largest Main Street networks in the country.  

In 2014 City Officials strengthened their commitment to economic development and ensuring the authenticity of Tybee's character (architecture and business mix) by activating the (downtown) development authority within city limits by Resolution.  This commitment provides even more resources the city can access to complete goals identified in the Master Plan and to benefit merchants and citizens.  The development authority is woven into the economic development fabric of the city's Main Street Program, to serve as a clearinghouse for businesses, local organizations and for property owners to utilize financial and technical resources that are available.    
 
With assistance from a city staff person, seven (7) directors appointed by City Council and four (4) ex-officio directors whom represent the business community, non-profit organizations, and full-time residents govern the Program.  More information can be found here
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The city is proud to be a Georgia Exceptional Main Street Community!  A variety of accomplishments have been made since the city became accredited as a National Main Street Community in 2010.  Following is a snapshot of success that have been occurring since the balanced approach of the "4-points" have been adopted...

- Implemented, improved and maintain lines of communication among merchants, residents, and the city via monthly e-newsletters, meetings, and social media.
- Conceptualized, implemented, and promote the Buy Local Tybee concept.
* The logo was enhanced with the "Shop. Dine. Do" tagline in 2017.
- Conceptualized, implemented, and manage the Locals Appreciation Card program for 24 merchants and 300+ residents. 
- Successfully branded the Main Street “vibe” for the town by integrating art, history, commerce, nature, and community into our logo utilizing the town’s zip code (31328). 
- Obtained over $29,000 in grant monies to assist the City with an anti-litter campaign and y placing trash receptacles along heavily used sidewalks.
- Obtained over $11,000 in grant monies to build awareness and sustain the anti-litter campaignKeep Tybee Tidy.
- 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 is approximately 40% of structures on the island.
- Encouraging preservation activities and highlighting the importance and benefits of protecting the island’s unique architectural details and heritage. 
- Conceptualized, implemented, review, and award Facade Improvement Grants for commercial buildings.  As of FY 2017-18, the match has increased 80%!  This is the first increase in three years thanks to the city's commitment to preservation and enhancement efforts.   
- Coordinate Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, and the like, for new entrepreneurs / businesses celebrating a milestone anniversary with City Officials and the public.
- Initiated and manage the Tybee Island Information Providers Program at the Info Hut in Downtown Tybee and create materials for posting. 
* In partnership with Visit Tybee, staffing is provided to maintain this service created to assist visitors at the Hut (an estimate of 4,000+ ea. year). 
- Conceptualized, implemented, manage, and create materials for the Informational Kiosk at the Park of Seven Flags.
- Coordinate and host annual city-sponsored community events that highlight the arts, the businesses, and the community's well-being; process requests for organizations hosting events and/or companies doing productions; track and report the economic impact of events (2017 = $1.7 million) and productions (2017 = $3 million) throughout the year.   
  
 
Donations to assist in helping ensure the impact we have to keep Tybee Island strong and vibrant are appreciated.  The donation form can be found here.  
 
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