Albertville officials seek information for potential future Main Street application

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The "Main Street Alabama" designation has proven to revitalize cities and communities across the state by utilizing local assets. As of now, the designation doesn't have a strong presence in the northern part of the state, however, one Marshall County city is doing its research to find out if it is a good fit for them.

Albertville city leaders, inspectors, law enforcement officials, and members of various committees spent some of their afternoon in Athens Tuesday - a city which was given the Main Street certification in 2014.

Mayor Tracy Honea appreciated their hospitality and enjoyed seeing their accomplishments.

"I think they've had great success. They had several things that they shared with us, but it's one of those things that takes time, and it takes a lot of people working together to get it accomplished, but I think it would certainly enhance our downtown area."

The Main Street programs not only improves the look of the downtown area, but it is also a good economic tool. While the aspect is appealing to city officials, the application would be down the road.

Director of Economic and Community Development Melody Whitten says, "In order to become a designated community for Main Street Alabama, we would have to be in a position to hire a full-time director, and we simply aren't at that point in the process at this time."

The Main Street designation process may still be a ways down the road, but in the meantime, city officials plan to continue to do their research, and make improvements.

"The adoption of a master downtown plan, the streetscape project that will begin in 2016 and private investment that has already resulted in several new businesses along Main Street," adds Whitten.

Albertville is currently a Main Street Network member, which allows officials to have access to information about the programs, and steps to become a designated city. The designated cities in north Alabama include Florence, Athens, Decatur, and Fort Payne.

"It's a good thing, and I think if we can make it work it would give Albertville a good shot in the arm," adds Honea.

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