Main Street

Main Street Overview:
The Georgia Main Street Program began in 1980 as one of the original pilot state coordinating programs of the National Main Street Initiative launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program launched with five local communities and has grown to serve 100+ communities statewide. Georgia Main Streets represent some of the strongest central business districts in the state and in the Southeast.

Our main street department attends training annually, to stay up to date on the most recent and best practices on the Main Street Approach.


The Economic Development Department, created in 2003, consists of both the Industrial and Downtown Development Authority.  The Economic Development Department is responsible for the development and coordination of economic growth projects in the City of St. Marys.  It also coordinates, through partnership with the Industrial Development Authority and St. Marys Downtown Development Authority, redevelopment of property owned or acquired by the City for the best economic use for the citizens of St. Marys.