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! 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. In the past seven years of my work for the City of Monroe, our downtown development has been supported, encouraged, and enhanced greatly through my membership with the Georgia Downtown Association. I am very excited to begin my term as President of GDA, succeeding the amazing leadership of our outgoing president Becky Smyth from Rome, Georgia. Our board is made of very experienced and brilliant downtown professionals, and we are looking forward to guiding this organization over the coming years. 
 
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 in order to offer top notch educational training and networking opportunities. This year's conference will be held on August 18-21, 2020 at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.  Go ahead and mark your calendar, because you won’t want to miss it!
 
During our annual retreat, we reviewed the accomplishments of 2019 and made plans for another successful year in 2020. As in the past, the board will continue 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 2020 workplans are available online, if you'd like to know more. 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.
 
I’m looking forward to 2020 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 sadiek@monroega.gov or (770) 266-5331. I strongly encourage you to check out the rest of the website and learn how much the Georgia Downtown Association has to offer!
 
Sincerely,
 
Sadie Krawczyk
Economic Development Director
City of Monroe​