The Authority (DDA)
was established in 1981 by the City of Montezuma in accordance with the
Georgia Downtown Development Authority Act. The mission statement of the
Authority is as follows:
The mission of the Montezuma Downtown
Development Authority is to plan and develop the designated commercial
district to its fullest potential, through economic development and
The purpose of the Authority is to revitalize and
redevelop the designated Downtown Development District of the City of
Montezuma; to develop and promote trade, commerce, industry, and
employment opportunities for the public good and general welfare; and to
promote the general welfare of the state of Georgia by creating a
climate favorable to the location of new industry, trade and commerce
and the development of existing industry, trade and commerce within the
City of Montezuma, Georgia.
Contact: Tommy McKenzie, Downtown Development
Board Members: Susan Easterlin, Judy Reid, Dwain Middlebrooks, Angie Mathews, Stuart Rumph, Camille Bielby
Façade Grants Now Available!
What is the purpose of this program? The
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) developed this program to partner
with downtown property owners in order to enhance and maintain the
beauty and charm of the downtown area.
How does this program work? Matching grant
funds are available for façade improvements in the downtown Montezuma
district. The downtown district is defined as the Central Business
District (C1) on the City of Montezuma Official Zoning Map. Commercial
tenants or property owners may receive reimbursement of 50% (not to
exceed $500) of the cost of an approved storefront renovation.
What type of project is eligible? Eligible
projects will visibly improve the unique historic character of the
storefront. Examples include but are not limited to appropriate signage;
awnings; exterior painting; and window, door, and storefront feature
restoration. These funds are available for exterior improvements only
and may be applied to a front, side or rear facade, provided the facade
faces a public street or parking area. The DDA must approve projects
before construction begins. The DDA reserves the right to reject any
What must I do to receive the grant?
- Determine if the project will require a
building permit or any other permit and obtain the necessary permits.
Information is available at City Hall.
- Complete a facade grant application and turn it
in to the Clerk / Administrator at City Hall. If you are a tenant, include a
letter of permission from the property owner.
- The Downtown Development Authority will review
the facade grant application and notify you of their decision.
- Start and complete facade improvement work
within 60 days of approval of your application.
- After the completion of facade improvement
work, turn in all appropriate receipts, invoices and canceled checks.
- The Montezuma Downtown Development Authority
will review these items and the completed project and then will
disburse grant money.
Are there any restrictions? Because limited
funds are available, the DDA reserves the right to reject any project
that it determines inappropriate or does little to achieve the purpose
of this program. Properties with existing violations of zoning or sign
ordinances are not eligible. Properties with past-due City taxes are
also not eligible for this program.
for an application form in the Adobe Acrobat format. Completed
forms may be submitted through the Clerk / Administrator's office at City Hall.