City of Franklin 
300 Iberia Street 
Franklin, LA  70538 
Voice:  (337)828-3631  

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.

The mission of the Main Street Program is to revitalize downtown Franklin by preserving the local historic architecture, creating aesthetic appeal and promoting commerce through the elimination of building vacancies, improvements to building facades and by staging Main Street events to stimulate public involvement and a sense of community identity.



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
  • Foster voluntary sector networks

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
  • Win the hearts of minds of many; have thick skin