Formed by state legislation in 1977, the Athens Downtown Development Authority (ADDA) administers the revitalization & redevelopment of the Central Business District. The ADDA encourages and promotes the economic improvement, redevelopment, and rehabilitation of the downtown area and makes long-range plans in cooperation with the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.

The ADDA mission 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.¬†ADDA exists to create an economically sustainable, vibrant, and viable downtown; to create an environment that attracts people and investments; to be an advocacy group for downtown constituents; and to promote downtown to residents, businesses, and visitors.

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