Downtown Dalton is the heart and soul of Dalton and Whitfield County. An eclectic and impressive array of shops, restaurants, attractions from the Civil War era, and the region’s leading professional businesses and financial institutions offer the perfect setting to play, learn, work and live. Our historic and picturesque downtown district is home to over 300 businesses, has been a national Main Street City since 1985 and is managed by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA).
Businesses that choose to locate in the DDDA district enjoy many incentives that simply cannot be found in other locations. In addition to charming surroundings and competitive lease rates, businesses in downtown Dalton are eligible for marketing assistance complimentary from the DDDA. Each year funds are allocated to marketing efforts, special events and business recruitment. The DDDA management program includes several tools to support efforts to attract and retain businesses and visitors, including:
• Special events- downtown businesses are encouraged to stay open during events and have free booth space at events like the Liberty Tree BBQ & Music Festival, Saturday Market, Party Downtown, and more
• Consistent advertising programs- radio, television (free infomercials), interstate billboards, newspapers
• Community awareness- press releases and media mentions
• Business Directory- online and in brochure form
• Social media assistance- Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and more
There are several financial incentives for locating a business in downtown Dalton as well. The DDDA sponsors a façade grant program that allocates funds to individual exterior projects within the district on a first come first serve basis. Facade grants will pay for half the cost of a project up to $5000! This is one of the largest facade grants offered in the state. The reimbursement goes to those that do the work, not just the building owner. As a Main Street City, downtown Dalton businesses are eligible for low interest loans to acquire property through a partnership with the DDDA, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Next, downtown Dalton’s census tract allows for a $3500.00 tax credit per employee in new businesses or businesses that are expanding into the district and adding jobs. In addition, there are state and federal tax credits for historic preservation projects in our Nationally Registered Historic District.
Downtown Dalton’s revitalization continues with the addition of new businesses, infrastructure and streetscape improvements, and an increasing night life. As of June 2013, downtown Dalton has added nine new businesses with three in progress. If you are interested in locating your business in downtown Dalton contact the DDDA at 706-278-3332 or visit http://www.downtowndalton.com.