Rochelle welcomes new downtown development authority
ROCHELLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — For the first time in years, the City of Rochelle will have a downtown development authority.
The Rochelle Marketplace Downtown Development Authority selected its board members at a meeting Monday.
According to the DDA, its mission aims to reduce poverty, improve living conditions, and create a sense of place.
Residents and business owners say they hope the DDA can draw new businesses to the city to revitalize downtown.
Rochelle resident Jo Pittman says they have seen a change in neighboring communities.
“Cordele is close by, we have Hawkinsville, Tifton, and Fitzgerald,” Pittman said. “A lot of these places have done some revitalization in their downtown areas. Several of them have downtown development authorities already established. We had just let ours lapse.”
The Rochelle Marketplace Downtown Development Authority’s board of directors will receive training for their new positions. After that, they will start writing grants for state and federal funding.