According to Steve Rigdon, co-president of the Tifton Heritage Foundation, the benefits of being added to the registry are numerous.

"It gives you national recognition," Rigdon said. "It means you have a neighborhood deserving of preservation and protection and it fosters renovation."

Other communities who have the recognition include Savannah, Thomasville, Madison and Newnan. Rigdon said that when a community is named to the registry, property values tend to rise and it gives incentives for homeowners to redevelop their property.

"People who own property in the historic district become eligible for a lot of tax credits and incentives for redeveloping and preserving," Rigdon said. "It directly comes back to benefit them financially if this area is named to the national registry."

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