Georgia Downtown Association

Georgia Downtown Association

    
    

President's Welcome


On behalf of the Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) and its board of directors, I'd like to say welcome! 2021 offers a new beginning and a gradual return to normalcy. Even with the challenges that 2020 presented, it was wonderful to see the GDA and Georgia’s downtown and Main Street communities stay active and engaged. It’s a great responsibility to be charged with the task of revitalizing and sustaining continued growth for our downtown districts, and GDA provides the support needed to carry out this important task. My work in Historic Downtown Brunswick over the last 15 has been supported, encouraged, and enhanced greatly through my membership with the Georgia Downtown Association. I am honored to be the Georgia Downtown Association President for 2021. Our outgoing President Sadie Krawczyk, from Monroe, has done an excellent job shepherding the GDA through 2020 and I will continue to rely on her sage advice. I am thankful to have a board made up of experienced and progressive downtown professionals to work with in guiding this organization over the coming year. 
 
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. Last year's conference was to be held in August at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.  Unfortunately, the conference could not take place due to COVID. In its place, the GDA board and membership put together a virtual conference that allowed us to attend from the comfort of our office or home. I look forward to continuing the exploration of the new potential that virtual channels and events present. The GDA board will monitor the COVID situation closely as it relates to the 2021 conference. 

During our annual retreat, we reviewed the accomplishments of 2020 and made plans for a successful 2021. As in the past, the board will work to grow our organization and will always welcome help from its members.  If you are interested in becoming a member or volunteering your time on a committee, please feel free to contact me directly. The 2021 workplans are available online, if you'd like to know more and see where you’d like to help. The membership application, among other useful information, can also be found on the home page of this website.  GDA membership gives access to professional development certification, networking, mentorship, achievement awards, public policy monitoring, and educational opportunities. GDA membership is not just for our State’s downtown professionals, but also for City officials, corporations, students and vendors with a desire to see Georgia’s downtowns continued revitalization and stability.
 
I’m looking forward to 2021 as the President of the Georgia Downtown Association and look forward to getting to know our members and those interested in our work even more. Please feel free to contact me at mhill@cityofbrunswick-ga.gov or (912) 265-4032. I strongly encourage you to check out the rest of our website and learn how much the Georgia Downtown Association has to offer!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mathew Hill
Executive Director
Brunswick Downtown Development Authority