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Live Well, Play Well, Hartwell!

Historic Downtown Hartwell is situated one mile from Lake Hartwell, the third largest Army Corps lake in the nation. The lake offers exciting water recreation with over 960 miles of shoreline, parks, campsites and several marinas. Located between Atlanta and Charlotte, in pristine Northeast GA, Hartwell is easily accessible from I-85 off exit 177.

Downtown Hartwell offers a wide array of retail opportunities with men and women’s boutiques, an outdoor outfitter store, arts and crafts, design and decorator shops and several restaurants from which to choose.

Please check out our events page for special events that occur throughout the year.

Hartwell Downtown Development Authority – Hartwell Main Street Mission and Vision
The Hartwell Downtown Development Authority – Main Street Program is an independent government authority in the City of Hartwell, Georgia.  A seven-member Board comprised of downtown business owners and City residents governs the agency and sets policy. The Board’s policy direction is implemented by the Executive Director’s oversight.

Mission Our mission is to work together to revitalize, promote, and beautify downtown Hartwell as the viable hub of our community. This will provide for feasible preservation of our historic and natural resources, encourage quality growth, economic prosperity, and further maintain our small town experience. We will be responsible stewards of community resources in order to enhance our quality of life and retain our sense of community.

Downtown Hartwell is a vibrant center for Hart County, with a mixture of business, services, government offices and venues for the arts, day and night, twelve months a year.

-Promote quality commercial/retail development within the City

  1. Work with potential new business owners to find and secure appropriate business space in downtown Hartwell
  2. Provide support for existing business owners to aid in retention and expansion opportunities
  3. Have updated information about downtown properties
  4. Work with City to ensure that we have ordinances that are fair to business owners and promote a beautiful and historic looking downtown area
  5. Work closely with the city and county governments to represent the interests of downtown

-Plan and implement events which will bring in new customers and provide exceptional experiences

  1. Partner with the Chamber of Commerce to aid in the facilitation of all downtown events
  2. Plan, promote, and run Scarecrow event – Mayor’s Monster Mash
  3. Partner with the Chamber of Commerce to plan, promote, and run Christmas Tree Lighting Event
  4. Research what other cities are doing and copy from the best

-Promote and market downtown Hartwell as great place to visit, locate a business in or live

  1. Initiate the creation of a tri-county tourism round table with Franklin and Stephens Counties to promote Hartwell as a tourism destination beyond “just a lake”
  2. Investigate and find potential funding for a billboard on 1-85
  3. Social Media campaigns that target residents and tourist alike
  4. Traditional media marketing through local access TV, local newspaper, kiosk displays, etc.

-Improve the look and feel of downtown Hartwell keeping its historic look and unique small-town experience

  1. Provide downtown plantings to beautify the square
  2. Work with the city to plan for the next streetscape project
  3. Work with the City and the Historic Preservation Commission to protect historic properties
  4. Provide appropriate signage and way-finding for downtown Hartwell
  5. Assists with all areas of the Railroad Street project

-Provide for the secure future of the Hartwell DDA by looking for new ways to fund projects and operations

  1. Analyze current funding to determine needs
  2. Find and use appropriate grant funding to complete projects and to assist business start-ups
  3. Create a new membership plan to help with private funding
  4. Raise private funding by finding business sponsorships

Executive Director Bio

Jason is from Marietta, Ga. and now lives in Harwell Georgia with his wife and eleven-year-old son. Jason completed his Undergraduate Degree in Human Services at Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Shorter University. Jason also has a Master’s Degree in International Policy Management from Kennesaw State University where he was recognized as Kennesaw States School of Government and International Affair’s Outstanding Scholar for 2018. Jason is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration. Jason also participated in two study abroad programs at Kennesaw State to Uganda and Geneva and received the Global Engagement Certification. Jason served the Kennesaw State community by working with CIFAL-Atlanta (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), as a Graduate Research Assistant, as Part-time Faculty in First-Year Studies and Leadership Studies, and as Supervisor of Supplemental Instruction. In Jason’s professional experience, he has worked as a Licensed Dispensing Optician for 20 years. In 2008, he was recognized with Lenscrafters Horizon Award for his contributions to OneSight, a nonprofit organization that provides eye exams and eyewear for those in need across the United States and around the world. Jason also served in the United States Army, Georgia Army National Guard where he deployed as a combat medic in support of Operation Vigilant Relief (Hurricane Katrina), Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jason was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Medical Badge, two Army Accommodation Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal, among others. Between his work with nonprofit organizations and service in the United States Army, Jason has served our global community across 5 continents. Jason is an advocate for equal access to education for all children as well as providing physical security for institutions of learning in areas of conflict. Jason is now the Executive Director of Hartwell Georgia’s Downtown Development Authority – Main Street Program.

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