Downtown Dahlonega is one of Georgia's foremost historic downtown centers and is a winner of the Georgia Downtown Association's Award for Excellence in Downtown Development. Shopping and dining choices are abundant with 65 retail stores, 18 restaurants, charming inns and boutique hotels, salons, spas, arts, and professional service businesses. Downtown is also the home of the University of North Georgia and the Dahlonega Gold Museum.
The downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places. Dahlonega is a National Main Street City, a Preserve America Community, a National Tree City, and a designated Appalachian Trail Community.
Dahlonega is internationally known for its historical and architectural resources. Because those resources have been protected and promoted, downtown is a major economic engine of North Georgia. It is home to 127 businesses, and when viewed as a whole, it is one of the region's largest industries with more than 400 employees. Downtown’s economic activity averages more than $300 million dollars annually. During the past seven years, downtown has seen $47 million dollars of private and public investment, adding 57 new businesses, 29 expanded businesses, and 176 new jobs to Lumpkin County's economy.
The mission of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is to stimulate and sustain economic development in Downtown Dahlonega by encouraging cooperation and building leadership; by advancing a positive image of downtown and promoting it as an exciting place to live, shop, and invest; by sustaining and improving the appearance of downtown; and by strengthening and expanding the economic base of downtown.
Joel Cordle, Executive Director
Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority