DDA/Main street


2020 mainstreet

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Commerce Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center. 

Our Mission

The Commerce Downtown Development Authority is citizen driven organization given authority by the state of Georgia to improve the city and quality of life of its citizens through the establishment of guidelines for property, debt, and city involvement.

Our Vision

Commerce’s downtown is an irreplaceable historic and economic resource that provides a sense of place for all of its residents and it must continue to be recognized as such.  Citizens of Commerce will possess an understanding and appreciation for our shared heritage that provides a bridge from the city’s past to its future.  The continued revitalization and preservation of the downtown area will enhance the lives of Commerce’s residents.
2021 Work Plan

What Is A Downtown Development Authority (DDA)?

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is primarily a policy-making and major decision-making entity that plans and manages the downtown area. The DDA is a corporate body recognized by State law and used for the last three decades as an important tool in downtown redevelopment. The DDA is eligible to receive certain grant monies, whereas, a local business or mer

chants association may not qualify.  Monthly board meetings are held on the 4th Monday at 4pm at the Commerce Civic Center located at 110 State Street.  The meetings are open to the public. 

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Incentives offered for Downtown Businesses

Facade Grant Program (as made available)

Sign Program

Rural Zone Tax Incentive

Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive

Historic Tax Credits

Enterprise Zone

2017 - 2020 Work Plan

DDA Board of Directors

Wes Wilbanks  - Chair

Dylan Wilbanks - Vice Chair

Susan Stephenson

Johnny Eubanks (City Council Liaison)

Maria Blencowe

Brad McCook

Stacey Rucker