The Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA), a public corporation created in 1981 by the General Assembly of Georgia for the purpose of revitalizing Dalton's downtown area, is responsible for the development and promotion of trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities within the central business district. The preservation of Downtown Dalton's heritage and the expansion of its role as the economic, technological, professional, and cultural center for the Northwest Georgia Region have created a favorable climate to attract new businesses and support those already located in Downtown Dalton.

The city of Dalton is a National Main Street City. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed in 1980 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save historic commercial architecture and the fabric of American communities, but has since become a powerful economic development tool as well. Georgia was one of six original pilot states chosen for the Main Street Project and Dalton was among Georgia's earliest cities to gain national certification. The DDDA's Main Street program recently celebrated 30 consecutive years as a designated National Main Street City, distinguishing it as one of the oldest programs in the country.

The Main Street program utilizes a four point approach to downtown management which includes design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring. An annual accreditation process ensures the program's credibility and success by evaluating commercial district revitalization programs based on stringent criteria covering the program's four point approach and proven methods of downtown management.

 

 

          Staff

                                Garrett Teems                                Tanner Jaco

Director Garrett Teems is originally from Ringgold, GA, and previously worked for the Dalton Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau. He and his family now reside in Dalton. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Berry College, and has recently graduated from Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College earning his Tourism Marketing Professional Certification. 
Phone: (706) 278-3332
Email: garrett@downtowndalton.com

Marketing & Communications Manager Tanner Jaco was born and raised in Dalton, where she completed her college education at Dalton State College with a bachelor's degree in Communication. 
Phone: (706) 876-2557

Email: tanner@downtowndalton.com

 

Location:                                                  Phone:
Historic Freight Depot                             (706) 278-3332
305 S. Depot St.
Dalton, GA 30720

Mailing Address:                                     Hours:
PO Box 707                                              M-F 9 am to 5 pm
Dalton, GA 30722

                                                                             Board of Directors

By law, there are seven Authority Board members, three elected by business owners and three elected by property owners in the central business district. One member is appointed by the Mayor & City Council. All meetings (see ”News“) are open to the public.

T.J. Kaikobad (BO) ('17)                                                                           Katie O'Gwin (BO) ('16)                                        Caleb Carnes, CPA, MAcc (PO) ('18)  
Chair                                                                                                         Vice-Chair                                                             Treasurer
The Dalton Depot                                                                                    Katherine L O'Gwin, Atty                                                   Carnes & Company, CPA, PC
110 Depot St.                                                                                            210 N. Hamilton St.                                                 230 N. Hamilton St.
Dalton, GA 30720                                                                                    Dalton, GA 30720                                                  Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: 706-217-8677                                                                               Phone: 706-260-2772                                           Phone: 706-226-5507


Juan Lama (PO) ('16)                                                                              John Davis (PO) ('17)                                            Meagen Shepard (BO) ('18)
Dalton Stamp and Coin                                                                                          Affordable Sales & Rentals                                               Tease Salon
110 W. Waugh St.                                                                                                    309 N. Hamilton St.                                                            226 N. Hamilton St.
Dalton, GA 30720                                                                                                  Dalton, GA 30720                                                              Dalton, GA 30720  
Phone: 706-278-2321                                                                                            Phone: 706-259-7474                                                        Phone: (706) 529-7895


                                                                                                                 Denise Wood
                                                                                                                 City Council Liason
                                                                                                                300 W. Waugh St.
                                                                                                                Dalton, GA 30720
                                                                                                               Phone: (706) 272-4933