The mission of the Athens Downtown Development Authority (ADDA) is to promote, to maintain, and to enhance a safe and economically viable central business district by focusing both public and private resources on the fulfillment of downtown's potential to benefit the entire community.
To achieve this mission, ADDA focuses on several objectives. These include:
1. To acquire, construct, improve, alter, repair, and maintain properties within the Downtown Athens Area as set forth in the enabling legislation and to promote for the public good and general welfare, trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities.
2. To undertake and oversee the revitalization and redevelopment of the urban, central city areas located within the Downtown Athens Area and to use those powers as prescribed by law and as requested by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.
The ADDA is also part of the Georgia Main Street Program which is based on a comprehensive strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities, in four broad areas, called the Main Street Four Point Approach:
1. Design: Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
2. Organization: Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.
3. Promotion: Marketing the traditional commercial district's assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.
4.Economic Restructuring: Strengthening the district's existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities -- and challenges from outlying development.
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Formed by state legislation in 1977, the Athens Downtown Development Authority administers the revitalization and redevelopment of the Central Business District. Acting as a liaison between the Athens Clarke County Government and the Downtown Business community, the Authority coordinates planning and implementation of public facilities as well as assisting private investors and individual businesses.
The Athens Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors is a seven member volunteer board appointed by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Commissioners that governs the Downtown Development Authority.
ADDA Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month from 3:00-5:00 P.M. The Board Meetings are held at the Chamber of Commerce located at 246 West Hancock Avenue. All Board Meetings are open to the public.
ADDA Board of Directors
William Overend, Partner & Owner of McArthur, McArthur & Overend, L.L.P. - Chair
Work Phone Number: (706) 353-7736
Chris Blackmon, Partner & Owner of Atlas Real Estate Advisors - Vice-Chair
Cell Phone Number: (706) 207-5262
Erica Cascio, Owner of Square One Fish Co.
Cell Phone Number: (954) 592-9467
Regina Quick, Attorney and Owner of Regina Quick PC
Work Phone Number: 353-0166
Nancy Denson, Mayor, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County
Work Phone Number: (706) 613-3010
Mike Hamby, District 10 Commissioner, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County
Cell Phone Number: (706) 338-3970
Doc Eldridge, President & CEO, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Work Phone Number: (706) 549-6800
Pamela Thompson, Executive Director,
706-353-1421, extension 238 - Office