One of the things that makes the City of Norcross so special is that it is truly an authentic southern town, with roots that go back well over 100 years. While many other communities are trying to create a vintage look and charm, Norcross' is real, and that authenticity is evident in the architecture and patina of the town. Like all small towns of its kind, it has a hub, where originally residents came not only to shop for necessities, but also to gather and socialize. This original downtown district still thrives in Norcross, now serving residents and visitors with upscale, modern businesses housed in century-old buildings.
Downtown Development Authority
Norcross' Downtown Development Authority (DDA) focuses on making sure that the downtown district remains a thriving economic element for Norcross. Every effort is made to ensure building exteriors have been restored in keeping with their original architectural style and are properly maintained. In addition, the DDA works to support local merchants by promoting the downtown area with special events and advertising dedicated to bringing visitors into town on a regular basis. The DDA is as much concerned with preserving the history of Norcross' downtown hub, as it is about promoting economic growth and revitalization. In doing so, it ensures a clean, comfortable, attractive, and safe downtown environment, and maintains a high standard for Norcross as an economically desirable place to live, work, and visit.
Norcross' downtown manager, Cate Kitchen, provides an essential link between the DDA board and the downtown merchants, and she also represents the views of merchants to the city council.