GDA IS A NON-PROFIT STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION THAT CONNECTS COMMUNITIES AND PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO DOWNTOWN VITALITY.

GDA Mission
Connect communities and equip professionals through training and networking to strengthen and advocate for Georgia’s downtowns.

GDA Vision
A statewide network of thriving downtowns and equipped professionals that are recognized as Georgia’s most valuable economic engine

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 - Premier Special Event - Downtown Perry Wine Tasting
City of Perry

Award of Excellence - Outstanding Promotional Campaign - Treat Yourself in Thomasville
City of Thomasville

Award of Excellence - Premier Partner - Fox Theatre Institute
City of Americus

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

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

Award of Excellence - Main Street Hero - Connie Tabor
City of Toccoa

Award of Excellence - Creative New Event - The Ultimate Participation Trophy
City of Suwanee

Award of Excellence - Best Public Improvement Project - Better Buford Highway Project
City of Suwanee

Award of Excellence - Best Placemaking Project - The Chappell Street Community Space
City of Griffin

Award of Excellence - Best Facade Rehabilitation - JEC Development
City of Monroe

Award of Excellence - Best Creative Fundraising Effort- Tybee Island Polar Plunge
City of Tybee Island

Award of Excellence - Main Street Hero - Helene Jones
City of Dallas

Award of Excellence - Best Adaptive Reuse - Shelley Hall
City of Calhoun

Georgia's Downtowns Are Happening

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick

Downtown Brunswick
March 1 5 PM
First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick is a fun family event that happens the first Friday of each month. We close the streets from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM so you can come down and enjoy live music, special discounts from downtown merchants, a car show and so much more!
    First Friday Sip & Shop

First Friday Sip & Shop

Downtown Thomasville, Georgia
March 1 5 PM
Join us for First Friday Sip & Shop in Downtown Thomasville! Beginning at 5pm, you can sip and shop your way through the downtown. Enjoy dinner, grab a beer or wine and free wrist band from a participating Downtown restaurant or venue, and shop with us! Experience a live concert featuring local band, The Skinks, at The Ritz Amphitheater from 7:00-9:00 pm. Participating shops will have extended hours, with many bars and restaurants open until 10 pm.
2024 Ribbon Cutting: Hinesville Farmers & Makers Market

2024 Ribbon Cutting: Hinesville Farmers & Makers Market

Bradwell Park, Hinesville, GA
March 7 3 PM
Join us as we kick off the 2024 Farmers Market Season! We'll have live music from the Composition Band, delicious food, and of course local vendors!

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