GDA is a non-profit statewide organization that connects communities and professionals that are committed to downtown vitality.

We provide accredited training programs for downtown development professionals, advocate for Georgia's downtowns, and educate private and public sectors on the economic benefits of a thriving downtown. GDA also hosts the annual Georgia Downtown Conference to offer top notch educational training and networking opportunities.

Benefits of Membership

If you are working to foster downtown revitalization or working within the field of downtown development, Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) membership provides you with access to the information and expertise you need to promote successful downtown revitalization efforts.

GDA Award Winners

Award of Excellence - Outstanding Community Transformation/Downtown of the Year - City of Moultrie
City of Moultrie

Award of Excellence - Best Adaptive Reuse - The Mill on Etowah
City of Canton

Award of Excellence - Best Adaptive Reuse - Hotel Forty Five
City of Macon

Award of Excellence - Best Public Improvement Project - Level Grove Sidewalk Project
City of Cornelia

Award of Excellence - Best Facade Rehabilitation - The Roe
City of Monroe

Award of Excellence - Best Placemaking Project - Flaunt 2022: Let's Play!
City of Thomasville

Award of Excellence - Outstanding Promotional Campaign - Suwanee Annual Report
City of Suwanee

Award of Excellence - Creative New Event - Atlanta International Night Market - Glow in the Park
City of Suwanee

Award of Excellence - Premier Special Event - Lights! Lights! Thanksgiving Night!
City of Moultrie

Award of Excellence - Premier Special Event - The Honeybee Festival
City of LaFayette

Award of Excellence - Best Creative Fundraising Effort- Downtown Dog Stations
City of Rome

Award of Excellence - Main Street Hero - Peggy Vickery
City of Hartwell

Award of Excellence - Premier Partner - Area Children's Theatre
Hometown Warrenton

Georgia's Downtowns Are Happening



Newnan, GA
October 7 5 PM
Our annual beer tasting event in downtown Newnan! Oktoberfest event will highlight craft brews from across the state of Georgia. Complimentary refreshments, retail sales specials and other treats will be made available for all participating attendees.
First Friday Sip & Shop

First Friday Sip & Shop

Downtown Thomasville, GA
October 7 6 PM
Join us for First Friday Sip & Shop! Mainstream Band will be playing at The Ritz Amphitheater 8:00-10:00 pm. Enjoy dinner, grab a beer or wine and free arm band from a participating Downtown restaurant or venue, and shop with us! Participating shops will have extended hours, with many bars and restaurants open until 10 pm. We'll have food trucks at The Ritz Amphitheater during this event (they'll be setup by 6 pm). For more information, call us at (229) 228-7977.
Canton Farmers Market

Canton Farmers Market

Brown Park ~ 251 E Marietta Street
October 8 9 AM
The Canton Farmers Market is a market promoting local farmers and food. All produce is Georgia grown and most is organic. The Market is held each Saturday June 4 through October 15 from 9am-12:30pm in Brown Park.

GDA News

Downtown Edge Scholarship

GDA pays tribute to our late friend and colleague Adam Edge by announcing the Downtown Edge Scholarship

Main Street Georgia - Heartbeat Video

Video provided by our friends at the Office of Downtown Development