GADSDEN CO., Fla. (WTXL) - Florida's Secretary of State has selected Chattahoochee Main Street as the Florida Main Street Community of the Month, and community leaders say they have big plans in store for the area.
The Chattahoochee Main Street was selected because it brought in $25,000 in public/private reinvestment, three new businesses and 10 new jobs to the area since it became accredited for the Main Street Program two years ago.
During the 1820s, Chattahoochee was established as a ferry landing on the Apalachicola river, eventually growing to become a thriving riverboat port.
Many buildings along Washington Street were built as the river-based economy prospered. It's this history that Chattahoochee Main Street is hoping to preserve with upcoming projects.
"We've been working for the last couple of years to develop a strong, strategic plan," said Ben Chandler, Executive Director of Chattahoochee Main Street, "That we can build from to help revitalize the community not just economically but what we look like from a design stand point and things like that so, there's a lot of little projects we've been working on."
The Secretary of State's Main Street designation is not the only honor the town has recently won. This August at the annual Florida Main Street conference, Chattahoochee Main Street received two other Secretary of State honor awards.