The Main Street Woodstock program began as a dream of the Downtown Development Authority in 2009. Downtown Woodstock had been hit hard by the economic downturn. By 2009, Woodstock had over 50 acres of development in foreclosure, vacant retail spaces and uninhabited residential units. Determined, the community decided Woodstock could not fail. The DDA convinced City Council to increase the tax rate on lodging from six to eight percent to fund the Main Street Program and help the city recover.
A committee of business leaders and residents was formed and Main Street set out to restart the transformation of Woodstock. An initial town hall meeting to re-envision downtown saw over 100 participants. The group created committees and started to create a renewed vision for downtown. By April 2010, the City had been officially designated as a Main Street Community by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street Woodstock program gained a 501(c)(6) nonprofit status from the IRS and became a full-fledged membership program.
Grounded in the National Main Street 4 Point Approach, the program’s volunteers focused their efforts on organization, design, business development and promotions all while engaging our downtown businesses, contributors, partners, ambassadors and benefactors.
Main Street Woodstock is nationally accredited through Georgia Main Street and Main Street America and offers many opportunities for investors, business owners and residents to get involved in their community.
Please explore our website to see all the advantages and opportunities this organization offers.