Agenda Item # 1

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

March 18, 2014

Agenda Report #89

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Georgia Classic Main Street Program MOU

INITIATED BY: David Arrington, Deputy City Manager


Recommendation: Approval is requested to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to maintain Columbus' Local Main Street designation by the National Main Street Center and appoint Uptown Columbus to serve as the Local Main Street Program Board of Directors.

Background: The Main Street program is a commercial district revitalization program. The program is a community driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States. The underlying premise of the Main Street approach is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today’s marketplace. The Main Street approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.

On April 18, 2006, Columbus Council approved a resolution supporting UPtown Columbus' efforts to become an Urban Main Street City by the National Trust Main Street Center. This resolution is for renewal of the certification obtained in 2006 and executes an MOU with DCA.

Analysis: In 2006, the UPtown Columbus Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the agency to pursue designation as an Urban Main Street City. The agency serves as the lead agency in the effort to obtain designation through the National Trust Main Street Center. The Consolidated Government actively participated as a partner with UPtown Columbus in this effort.

The downtown commercial district is the visual representation for our community's heritage. The architecture of the district is a physical expression of our community's history. The Main Street approach encourages forward-thinking economic development in an historic preservation context so our community’s legacy can be passed on to future generations.

Financial Consideration: UPtown Columbus agrees to fulfill the financial requirements as outlined in this MOU. In the event that this financial support is not available, CCG reserves the right to terminate this MOU which would result in the loss of the Main Street designation.

Legal Consideration: The City Attorney has reviewed this MOU and approved as to form.

Recommendation/Actions: Approval is requested to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to maintain Columbus' Local Main Street designation by the National Main Street Center and appoint Uptown Columbus to serve as the Local Main Street Program Board of Directors.




A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS TO MAINTAIN COLUMBUS' LOCAL MAIN STREET DESIGNATION BY THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET CENTER AND APPOINT UPTOWN COLUMBUS TO SERVE AS THE LOCAL MAIN STREET PROGRAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

WHEREAS, UPtown Columbus, Inc., desires to apply to renew Columbus' designation as an Main Street City by the National Main Street Center; and,

WHEREAS, the UPtown Columbus Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the agency to pursue designation as an Urban Main Street City; and,

WHEREAS, Uptown Columbus will serve as the lead agency in the effort to obtain designation by the National Main Street Center through Department of Community Affairs' Office of Downtown Development as the sponsoring state agency for the Georgia Classic Main Street program,

WHEREAS, the Consolidated Government will actively participate as a partner with UPtown Columbus in the effort to renew Georgia Main Street Program designation; and,

WHEREAS, the Main Street commercial revitalization approach encourages forward-thinking economic development in an historic preservation context, so our community’s legacy can be passed on to future generations.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the Council hereby authorizes the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to maintain Columbus' Local Main Street designation and to appoint Uptown Columbus to serve as the Local Main Street Program Board of Directors.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________day of _____________, 2014 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor