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Better Hometown


Hawkinsville Better Hometown Promotions Committee
will begin plans for our 2012 Harvest Fest.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer
please contact the Better Hometown office.

Also:   Please contact Kim Brown @ the COC to learn how to volunteer for the upcoming “Peaches to Beaches Yard Sale” event (March 9 & 10)  & for the 2012 Harness Festival (April 20 & 21).


Hawkinsville Better Hometown


This year, the efforts of Hawkinsville Better Hometownearned it recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting standards for performance set by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street Center. Hawkinsville Better Hometown joins 593 other Main Street revitalization programs nationally recognized as 2005 Accredited National Main Street Programs.

 "The National Accreditation means the Main Street program is meeting our national standards of performance for what a Main Street program should be doing," said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust's Main Street program. "The organizations we name each year as National Main Street Programs are those that have demonstrated the skills needed to succeed in Main Street revitalization."

 The annual accreditation process evaluates commercial district revitalization programs based on criteria ranging from having an active board of directors and paid professional manager to tracking economic progress and preserving historic Main Street buildings.

 "Rebuilding a district's economic health and maintaining that success requires broad‑based community involvement, active support from both the public and private sectors, and sound management," said Loescher.  “Having a solid organization at the foundation of that revitalization effort is so important to long term success."

 The organization's performance was evaluated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Downtown Development which is the coordinating organization for Main Street programs in Georgia.

 “We are so very proud of our Better Hometown supporters, our local government support and our wonderful volunteers who make this program work here in Hawkinsville, said Karen Bailey, Executive Director for Hawkinsville’s Better Hometown programs.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, DC headquarters staff, six regional offices and 25 historic sites work with the Trust's 200,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust's web site at www.nationaltrust.org.

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HPD's newest YouTube video is about tax incentives
Visit our new Youtube channel to view our ongoing Preservation 101 
series of presentations.  This week we added a presentation entitled Tax Incentives for Historic Rehabilitation by recently-retired Tax Incentives Coordinator Ced Dolder.

Visit Historic Middle Georgia, the most inclusive online resource about projects and events related to Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism in the Middle Georgia Region at www.historicmiddlegeorgia.org.