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Why a vibrant downtown matters

Main Street = Economic Impact

The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach® and Main Street America programs on the local level has earned Main Street the reputation as one of the most powerful economic revitalization tools in the nation. The National Main Street Center conducts research to document this by annually collecting statistical information on the preservation, revitalization, and economic activities in local Main Street programs throughout the country.

June 30, 2021 Downtown Homerville Awarded Vibrant Communities Grant by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Downtown Homerville public art projects representing two
indigenous plants of the Okefenokee Swamp 

Downtown Homerville is the county seat of Clinch County, Georgia. The heart of downtown is located at the intersection of US Highways 84 East and 441 South, both of which lead travelers to the three entrances of the Okefenokee Swamp. The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and is the largest "blackwater" swamp in North America. Stephen C. Foster State Park located in Fargo, Georgia is the local entrance for Clinch County.
 
In 2021, The Homerville Main Street Program received a Vibrant Communities Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts for two art installations downtown. Local Metalwork Artist Ron Morgan created two iron sculptures representing indigenous flowers found in the Okefenokee Swamp. Sheree Baldree, also from Clinch County, painted the installations.

Second only to Cypress trees, the next most common image of swamp vegetation is that of the “lily pad”. Like shiny green dinner plates floating upon black water, the white Fragrant Water Lily, Nymphaea odorata abounds in the Okefenokee. These verdant saucers are garnished with large, sweet-scented flowers. Not only is the White Water Lily a picturesque part of the swamp, but it is an important part of the ecosystem. Wildlife such as deer, beaver, and muskrat will eat the leaves and rhizomes; while the seeds are consumed by various waterfowl. The underwater parts of the plant also provide food and habitat for invertebrates, which are also sustenance for reptiles, amphibians, and avian life.

Some of the most distinctive-looking plants in the swamp are the pitcher plants, found growing in clumps around the swamp. The Sarracenia genus of plants has eight species, seven of which are found only in the southeastern United States. The pitcher plants hold small pools of water inside their long stalks, or "pitchers." Insects are attracted inside the pitchers, sometimes by the odor of decay or sweetness, and are forced downward by pointing hairs inside the lining of the plant. Trapped inside the pitcher's small pool where a narcotic helps drown them, bacteria then decompose the soft parts of the insect, and enzymes convert the protein into usable nitrogen. Slicing open the tube of the pitcher will reveal the black skeleton remains of many insects. Three varieties of pitcher plants are found in the swamp: the golden trumpet pitcher, Sarracenia flava; the hooded pitcher plant, Sarracenia minor; and the parrot pitcher plant, Sarracenia psittacina. The golden trumpet pitcher is recognized by its more open top. The hooded pitcher has a definite curving top, sometimes with small, transparent windows on the back of its hood which help trap insects inside the pitcher. Flying insects are attracted to the windows where they spend their last hours. The parrot pitcher has smaller, reclining pitchers. All have a remarkable drooping flower that helps attract insects.

Please visit Downtown Homerville and Stephen C. Foster State Park

May 13, 2021 The Homerville Main Street Program and the Downtown Development Authority are excited to share the new logo and icon for downtown! The "O" in Homerville and the icon contain a compass rose. The compass rose represents the fact that Downtown Homerville is located at the intersection of two US Highways that run North to South and East to West. Additionally, the compass rose is symbolic of the past, present, future, and infinite possibilities.
Developing a brand for downtown is part of the joint strategic plan. Main Street Manager Laura Nipper said "We are proud to announce the launch of the new logo as part of the ongoing evolution of our downtown area. We have altered our logo to reflect who are today and to symbolize our dynamic future. Homerville Main Street and Homerville Downtown Development Authority would like to thank the city leadership for all of their support during this exciting time in Homerville history."

Local Leaders Participate in Downtown Development Training and Vision Sessions



April 14, 2021 Representatives from the City of Homerville, Main Street Program, and Downtown Development Authority participated in Georgia Municipal Association's Downtown Development Authority Mechanics & Management training. The purpose of the training is to help all three organizations better understand how they can collaborate to revitalize downtown and maximize resources available to each.  







May 26, 2021 Local leaders representing community and economic development organizations met to develop a unified vision and plan for revitalizing downtown. This is the first of many sessions to collect input from residents, business leaders, property owners, and elected officials. Homerville Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority are working together to ensure that downtown Homerville is where preservation and progress meet.

Both meetings were advertised and open to the public. For more information contact Laura Nipper, Main Street Manager at MainStreet@CityofHomerville.com. 

March 2021 Homerville Downtown Development Authority Back in Business!

Great news for downtown merchants and property owners, the Homerville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been reactivated. Downtown is the origin of Homerville and plays a critical role in community and economic development. Our historic downtown is like an industrial park for small businesses. Having a managed and well-maintained downtown is critical for retaining and attracting young professionals, families, and industries. The DDA Board partners with the Main Street Program to offer incentives for entrepreneurs and property owners. "The DDA is a mechanism for revitalizing our downtown and ensuring the heart of Clinch County is vibrant. Now is the time to take action as we believe that the decisions we make over the next five years will dictate what we look like for the next 50," said Jenny Robbins, Chair of the DDA. The DDA meets every other month from 4-6 pm at the Historic Station No 11 Train Depot and welcomes the public to attend.  2021 Meetings are slated for April 14, June 17, August 3, and October 5, and December 7. For more information contact Laura Nipper, Main Street Manager at mainstreetmanager@cityofhomerville.com.

February 1, 2021 Homerville Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority Announce Facade Improvement Program