Georgia Main Street of the Month

Hartwell’s Main Street Program will be named Georgia Main Street Program of the Month in January 2020. This is an incredible honor as there are 118 Main Street Communities to choose from. With this announcement, Hartwell will gain State-wide notoriety as the feature community on the Georgia Main Street website at In a statement to Georgia Main Street, Downtown Development Authority – Main Street Executive Director Jason Ford said, “Hartwell has been a Georgia Main Street community since 1997. The resurgence of Main Street can be highlighted in our community, and yet as we grow, Hartwell is still a quintessential American hometown. Hartwell has a spirit of volunteerism that is second to none. It is the collective effort of individuals guided through the Georgia Main Street Program that makes our program and our community thrive. Hartwell was designated as a Rural Zone in 2019, which has led to nearly $1.5 million dollars in private investment in the Hartwell Main Street District. 12 new businesses were started in 2019 creating over 60 new jobs downtown since January 2019! Six buildings have been purchased, revitalized or both. The City of Hartwell has matched that momentum by investing just over $1 million dollars in new infrastructure and streetscape upgrades in 2019, with revitalization of our historic train depot, and several business openings on the horizon. This wouldn’t be possible without partners like DCA, ARC, GMRC, and Archway. Additionally, over 20 events were held in the Hartwell Main Street district this year bringing thousands of people downtown. The Georgia Main Street Program is a meaningful supportive program for Georgia’s communities, and Hartwell looks forward to a continued partnership.”

Without the effort of our volunteers, our program would never achieve the great successes we have seen recently. There are over 25 people who currently volunteer with Hartwell’s Main Street Program. If you are interested in serving in the Hartwell Main Street Program, please reach out to staff at

Hartwell’s Main Street Program would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, City Administration, Sponsors, and Partners for their continued support.

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