Downtown Development Authority

Just minutes from I-75, located along what was a part of the original historic Dixie Highway route, Historic Downtown Acworth is the perfect blend of the past and the present. At the time of its incorporation in 1860, Acworth prospered as a typical Georgia railroad town. Today, Acworth is a vibrant and diverse downtown with a wide variety of chef driven restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. Acworth was designated as a Georgia Main Street City in 2000 and is a member of the National Main Street Program. Committed to preserving its heritage the Historic Downtown District has retained its Victorian Era architecture and charm.

Whether you are in the mood for down-home southern cooking, a quick sandwich, spicy Cajun cuisine, Italian Trattoria, seafood, Sunday brunch, or parlor style ice cream, you will find a wide range of dining choices. In its unique shops and boutiques you can find women’s apparel, jewelry and gifts, books, art, wine, antiques, home decor and flowers. The Historic Downtown features two art galleries as well as offering professional services ranging from physician care to accounting and legal services.

As you stroll the streets of Historic Downtown  be sure to stop, take a break and relax in the shade of Frana Brown Park or sit under the Acworth Depot and wave as a train passes through town.

Click here for more information on the variety of shops, restaurants, and things to do in downtown Acworth! 


To play an integral role in creating a vibrant, diverse and relevant downtown.


Facilitate the process of Economic Development in the Downtown Development Authority District while preserving its historic downtown heritage. We will accomplish this through establishing a culture of cooperation and consensus by building partnerships, promoting a positive image of our downtown, creating a safe and inviting environment, and by providing a balanced commercial mix.

The Acworth DDA is managed by a nine member Board. The members are appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for staggered terms of five years.

Board Members must be:

  • Taxpayers residing in the City of Acworth
  • Owners or operators of businesses located in the DDA district holding a valid Acworth Business License
  • Owners of real property located within the DDA district
  • Persons having a combination of the qualification specified above

The DDA has four standing committees:
The Promotions and Marketing Committee is responsible for promoting the downtown to shoppers, investors, new businesses and tourists. Effective promotion creates a positive image for the downtown with retail promotions, special events and ongoing programs that continue to build positive perceptions of downtown Acworth.

The Design Committee provides guidance to property owners during renovation processes to ensure the downtown maintains its historic character while accommodating modern necessities. They are also consulted during planning of downtown streetscapes projects. 

The Organization Committee strives to continue communications between the general public merchants and the local government.

The Economic Restructuring Committee explores creative ways to strengthen the economic base through diversification of downtown businesses. The DDA seeks ways to expand the downtown economy and to recruit new businesses through available incentives. The committee also focuses on business retention through ongoing survey and educational opportunities for business owners to improve their daily operations. 

The Current Acworth Downtown Development Authority Board Members are:

  • Liaison - Alderman Gene Pugliese 
  • Chairman - Kim Wigington            
  • Vice Chair - Marvon Williams
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Mindy Newman
  • Jay Clark
  • Garrett Reidy
  • Danielle Hilderbrand
  • Kevin Marcy
  • Andrew Payne
  • Miranda Sanders
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The DDA meets the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. at the Acworth Community Center.

Click here to view the DDA/Main Street Program Budget.