About the DDA

The DDA consists of a seven member Board of Directors appointed by the Blairsville City Council. These dedicated individuals meet monthly to discuss issues relating to the revitalization of Downtown Blairsville. The DDA Board works closely with Program Manager Darren E. Harper, committee chairs, and volunteers. Please feel free to contact the DDA Board, Darren E. Harper, or one of the committee members for more information. They are open to input from the community and welcome creative suggestions. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Please read about the various committees - they welcome all newcomers! Several DDA programs are available to help with various projects including grants and loans. See DDA programs for more information.

Our Mission

The mission of our Better Hometown revitalization effort is to help the city of Blairsville fulfill its potential, by using our combined talents and resources to create opportunity and prosperity fitting the special character, heritage and historic preservation of this mountain community.

Our Vision

Our vision for the revitalization of the city of Blairsville is an inviting and thriving downtown full of enthusiastic people in an appealing landscape of well-kept buildings, green space, sidewalks, and streets. We envision that the revitalized downtown will draw residents and visitors alike to the shops, restaurants, businesses, museums, attractions, and special events at the heart of our mountain community.

Chronic Volunteer
Fixer of Things
Occasional Elf

Program Manager

Darren E. Harper is a native of Blairsville and a graduate of Young Harris College. Raised in Fayette County, Ga., Darren spent every summer and most every holiday with family in Blairsville. After 20+ years in the financial services industry, Darren decided to move back to the mountains he has always called home.

Board Members


Paul Thompson
Union Realty

 Vice Chair

Rhonda Mahan
Robert M. Jones, Insurance Agency


Judy Jolley
Cabin Coffee


Daniel Davenport
Akins & Davenport, P.C.


Ricky Abercrombie


W.C. Nelson
Nelson Tractor Company