Mentoring Program

In order to understand the complexity of a comprehensive downtown development program, new downtown professionals need quality information regarding the common practices, rules, regulations, expectations, values and core beliefs of Georgia’s successful downtown programs. The GDA Professional Mentoring Program provides a peer-to-peer mentoring opportunity designed to support newly engaged downtown professionals.

Since 2013, seasoned managers across the state have helped over 35 new downtown professionals navigate the field, grow their careers, and reach achievements for their respective communities.  

The goal of the Mentoring Program is to help those new to the field become successful members of Georgia’s downtown development team by:
  • Providing a positive and successful introduction / occupational transition for new professionals.
  • Promoting the professional well-being of new professionals.
  • Providing ongoing guidance, support, and reinforcement to new professionals through an organized, well-defined program.
  • Promoting excellence in management to improve Georgia’s downtowns.
  • Building awareness of the culture of the profession.
  • Increasing mutual respect and collaboration among professionals.
  • Increasing retention of new professionals.