119 West Washington Street
Monticello, Georgia 31064

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Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority is managed by The Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is facilitated by a Board of Directors who act as catalysts for economic development in downtown Monticello. The Mayor and City Council appoint Board members. The Downtown Development Authority Board members serve in a leadership role on new improvement projects and programs within the DDA boundaries, and they raise money from the community for downtown events and revitalization efforts.

The Downtown Development Authority Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Council Room  at the Visitors’ Center. The public is welcome at all meetings and is invited to come and hear  about the exciting projects that the DDA is working on.


DDA Board of Directors
Wanda Cummings (Secretary)
Towonder Dennis  (Chair)
Judy Hunsucker
Martha King (Vice Chair)
Adam McGinnis
Larry Thurman (City Council)
Russ Watts (Treasurer)

Pam Mayer (Director)  [email protected]

Meeting Location and Time
Monticello Government Complex – 119 W Washington Street
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

2017 Meeting Dates
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 14, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 8, 2018
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018


Resources available for our Central Business District and Business District within the City limits of Monticello…


Monticello 2017-2018 Facade Grant   The Downtown Development Authority would like to thank you for investing in downtown Monticello!   Click here for Facade Grant Request Form

…..Five Downtown businesses will be awarded a façade grant during the DDA 2017-2018 calendar year.
…..Façade grants will be awarded to businesses that spend at least $800.00 on painting, signage, or awnings.
…..Before façade grants can be awarded, submit before and after photographs and receipts.
…..Façade grant award is $200.00  (one award per business per calendar year).

And The 2017-2018 Recipients Are:
1.  Tricia Armistead, CPA for painting building, adding new awnings, and signage
2.  Scott Smith/Big Chic for painting building, adding new awnings, and signage
3.  Adam McGinnis and Jane McGinnis for renovating, painting, awnings, and signage to Martha Jane’s Southern Cookin.
4.  Leon and Wendall Yoder for painting the Yoder Door Company building(s).


Historic Monticello, Georgia Design Guidelines  Developed in 2000 through a Certified Local Government grant, the Monticello Design Guidelines were created to assist decision makers — property owners, developers, contractors, and commission members — in developing design solutions which satisfy Monticello’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. The guidelines provide guidance for rehabilitation of both residential and commercial structures as well as direction for new construction and site changes. Monticello Design Guidelines booklets are available free of charge from City Hall.

Certificate of Appropriateness  Residents and owners of property within the Monticello historic districts are required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for any exterior changes to their property.  Download a copy of the COA here:   Page 1    Page 2


Downtown Design Services  The Georgia Main Street staff is trained to assist in this effort by recognizing opportunities and developing design solutions that stimulate interest and investment. For a nominal fee, the design assistance is available for Main Street communities both large and small.

Please review their menu options, and let one of the designers from DCA’s Downtown Design Studio speak to you about your next downtown project.   Disclosure: The below fees apply to Main Street Cities only. Non Main Street affiliated government entities and business owners are charged double the Main Street rate.


Georgia Cities Foundation  was established in 1999 by the Georgia Municipal Association as a 501(c)(3) organization.   In December 2010, the Foundation was designated as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the United States Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund.  In 2008, the Foundation was awarded the Main Street Ally Award from the National Trust Main Street Center.

The mission of the Foundation is to assist cities in their community development efforts to revitalize and enhance under served downtown areas, by serving as a partner and facilitator in funding capital projects, and by providing training and technical assistance.


Local Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund  the Monticello Downtown Development Authority currently has four $20,000.00 revolving loans available to the downtown business district.    More information coming soon….


Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund    the goal of the DD RLF is to assist cities, counties and development authorities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas by serving as a partner and facilitator in funding capital projects in the core historic downtown area and the adjacent historic neighborhoods where DD RLF will spur commercial redevelopment.

Since 1999, this fund has helped finance projects in Downtown’s across the state, helping property owners, local governments and entire communities rebuild, reuse and preserve pieces of our state’s heritage and history.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants under this program shall be municipalities with a population of 100,000 or less, counties with a population of 100,000 or less proposing projects in a core historic commercial area, and development authorities proposing projects in a core historic commercial area in municipalities or counties with a population of 100,000 or less.  The ultimate user of funds may be a private business or a public entity such as a city or development authority.
Loan Amounts: The maximum loan is $250,000 per project, not to exceed 40% of total eligible project costs.
Eligible Use: Applicants must demonstrate that they have a viable downtown development project and clearly identify the proposed uses of the loan proceeds. Once approved, funds may be used for such activities as: real estate acquisition, development, redevelopment, and new construction; rehabilitation of public and private infrastructure and facilities; purchase of equipment and other assets (on a limited basis).
Loan Terms: Interest rates are below-market with Main Street cities currently receiving a 2% rate and all other cities receiving a 3% rate. Repayment period is typically ten years with a fifteen-year amortization. Security is usually project collateral and personal guarantees.  For more information, click here
Application: Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Application


Green Communities Fund


Tax Incentives For Restoring Historic Properties   information about the Georgia 20% tax credit for historic properties


The Georgia Trust


National Register of Historic Places – the Monticello Historic District (city of Monticello) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.  Georgia – National Register of Historic Places

City of Monticello’s National Register Nomination Form from 1997

Monticello Historic District (added 1997 – – #97000812)
Roughly bounded by College, Eatonton, Forsyth, Hillsboro, and Washington Sts. and Funderburg, and Madison Drs. , Monticello
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: MULTIPLE
Architectural Style: Mid 19th Century Revival, Late Victorian, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Area of Significance: Politics/Government, Community Planning And Development, Commerce, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1800-1824
Owner: Local , Federal , Private
Historic Function: Agriculture/Subsistence, Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Education, Funerary, Government, Industry/Processing/Extraction, Religion, Transportation
Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Funerary, Government, Recreation And Culture, Religion, Transportation

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