The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority strives to promote, revitalize and beautify the historic downtown area in an effort to support downtown LaGrange as the heart of our community. Through these efforts, we work to encourage retail and professional business growth in the downtown area, which will benefit the members of our community and enhance the quality of life found in LaGrange.
As a Main Street AmericaTM Accredited program, Downtown LaGrange Development Authority is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street AmericaTM Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Chairman – Gordon “Skip” Smith
Vice chair – Tripp Penn
Treasurer – John Westmoreland
Secretary – Liza Fritchley
Past Chairman – Edward Smith
The Design Guidelines Committee serves to guide physical improvements in the downtown area so as to maintain the historical and traditional architecture of LaGrange. Emphasis is placed on keeping downtown LaGrange viable and inviting to shoppers, investors, business owners and visitors. The Design Guidelines Committee oversees the Façade Grant Program and the Downtown Bench Project.
Marketing & Promotions
The purpose of the Marketing & Promotions Committee is to promote downtown LaGrange as the center of commerce, culture, and community for life for residents and visitors alike. Residents enjoy traditional events through out the year, along with new campaigns, promotions, and events that provide enjoyment in LaGrange’s beautiful downtown setting.
The Economic Development Committee identifies new market opportunities for the traditional commercial district, finds new uses for historic commercial buildings, and stimulates investment in property. The economic development committee develops a thorough understanding of the district’s economic condition and its best opportunities, focusing on incremental changes that gradually improve the area’s economic foundation and eventually make large-scale investment possible.