Economic Development : Downtown District

A city’s Downtown is a reflection of how a community sees itself. When large industries consider a location, one key factor they look at is the Downtown area – is it alive and viable? The Downtown District is often a major tourist draw as well. Heritage tourism has increased substantially across the U.S. because people are naturally drawn to the character and history of the Downtown Districts. In addition, the Downtown District is the pulse of the City. It is typically where you will find the City’s government buildings, like City Hall, law enforcement, library and the post office, as well as, other institutions like banks and churches. It is also a critical employment center, in many cases, serving as an incubator for start-up small businesses. A successful Downtown offers a variety of businesses and institutions, as well as, a residential component and gathering space for special events and recreation. All of these components create an attractive, successful live, work and play environment! Industrial Historic District Map

Although there is still much to be done in East Point’s Downtown, great milestones have been made because of the City’s focused commitment to revitalize the Downtown District. The City has grown a development staff to facilitate this process, including an Economic Development Specialist that has a focus on the Downtown District, Economic Development Director, Senior Planners, Downtown Architectural Review Board (DARB), the East Point Business and Industrial Development Authority (BIDA). In addition, the East Point Main Street Association’s (a non-profit) mission statement is the revitalization of the Downtown District. Working together, they all have a role in the success of the Downtown District. For more information visit the Downtown East Point website.

The Downtown Newsletter is produced by the Department of Economic Development in partnership with the East Point Main Street Association. This publication serves as a resource for businesses, and includes invaluable information that can be utilized by residents and visitors as well. Features include Business of the Month, Flashback Feature, Downtown Events Calendar, Welcome New Businesses, Available Downtown Properties, “Help Wanted” Downtown and more! In addition, businesses can advertise their products and services.

East Point’s Downtown District is like the “heart” of the City, and it is a central gathering area that speaks to the history and future of East Point. The link below provides access to the Main Street Business Directory

The Economic Development Department co-hosts a meeting with the Police Department on the first Thursday of every month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, at Debbie’s Delight Restaurant at 2801 East Point Street in East Point. It provides businesses an opportunity to learn about programs that may be beneficial to their respective business, discuss potential issues and needs, and engage in dialog regarding public safety concerns with the East Point Police Department and network with other businesses.