The City of Franklin Department of Community Development is responsible for supporting the community and voluntary sectors in Human Resource Management. Specifically, developers facilitate the building of healthy, sustainable and empowered communities that are better equipped and skilled to tackle their local concerns and to relate positively with other communities.

Franklin's Main Street Program aims to make downtown viable and fun and is critical to the future of downtown revitalization efforts. Our Main Street Program has the vision of building on downtown's inherent assets such as its rich architecture, personal service, traditional values, and most of all, its great sense of place. Our annual Harvest Moon Festival and Black Bear Festival accentuate these core values and highlight the best of Franklin, La.


As a Main Street America Affiliate™, Franklin Main Street is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.




Arlana Shields
Community Development Director

Main Street Program Manager

Voice:  337-828-6345


Responsibilities as Director: Capacity Building and Leadership

  • Provide assistance to increase skills and capacities of residents and organizations to plan and problem-solve issues
  • Facilitate action at local level to improve community conditions and outcomes
  • Design strategies to build relationships, address diverse needs, and manage complex community issues
  • Liaise with other service providers, business leaders and government organizations to address identified needs and achieve positive community change

Responsibilities as Main Street Program Manager

  • Coordinate activities of Main Street Program Committees
  • Develop in conjunction with Board and committees, downtown revitalization strategies, ongoing public awareness and education programs
  • Assist business and property owners with business and property improvement projects
  • Serve as an advocate for downtown issues
  • Encourage a cooperative climate with other downtown or community organizations.
  • Build public-private partnerships