Main Street Jefferson is one of five organizations in the nation to receive a Main Street in 3D grant. This grant is co-sponsored by Google and Igloo Studios.
Winners of this grant will be trained to create a 3D model of their historic downtown and use that model as a marketing tool, to assist in revitalization projects and for economic development.
The winning towns receive a free day-long on-site training from Google SketchUp experts, free access to Igloo Studios online school, free publicity from the National Trust for Historic Preservation through print and media channels, including Main Street Now and PreservationNation.org, as well as recognition at the 2011 National Main Streets Conference Opening Plenary, and one free registration to the 2011 National Main Street Conference.
Partners that will be involved in the project include: City of Jefferson, city manager John Ward; Jackson County government, county planning director Gina Mitsdarffer; county GIS manager Joel Logan; Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, chamber president Shane Short; Jackson County Tourism Council, tourism council chairman Kay Parks; Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, Mark Zoeller (a commercial and industrial engineer); Georgia Power, Bo Braswell, Jefferson High School principal Dr. Kevin Smith; East Jackson Comprehensive High School teacher Tommy Palmer; Department of Community Affairs Design Services, community design specialist Carmine Fischetti; Sky Lark Enterprises, Don Lohmeier; Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and Steve Cumblidge.
More information on the Main Street in 3D program can be found at www.preservationnation.org.