Downtown Developers Take Advantage of Incentives in First Year of RURAL Tax Zone

The Post Searchlight | 5/7/2019
More than a year after being designated as a Georgia R.U.R.A.L (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas Legislation) Zone, Bainbridge developers have seen a combined $285,401 in various tax credits thanks to the piece of legislation.

In Memoriam: Mike Starr 1949–2019

Georgia Municipal Association | 4/10/2019
Mike Starr, who served as president of the Georgia Cities Foundation since its inception in 1999, died suddenly Saturday, April 6. Under his leadership, the Foundation grew from a low-interest loan program for downtown projects to a robust organization that provides training, consulting and design services and a variety of resources for cities.

Tapas, Lofts, Beer Garden and More: All the New Development Coming to Downtown Macon

The Macon Telegraph | 4/3/2019

Some of downtown’s charming but long-vacant century-old buildings are being renovated at a steady pace, drawing new businesses, events and more people to the heart of town.


New Downtown Athens Building to Feature Roof-Top Eatery

Athens Banner-Herald | 3/14/2019

Downtown Athens is getting another tall building; tall by Athens standards, at least. The six-story building soon to begin construction at the corner of Lumpkin and Broad streets, called “115 Broad,” is designed for office and retail space. And according to real estate brokers NAI Elrod Group of Watkinsville, it will feature Athens’ first rooftop restaurant, with a view overlooking the eastern side of UGA’s north campus.

Welcome Center Coming to Downtown Moultrie

The Moultrie Observer | 2/13/2019

After two and a half years of planning and obstacles, the Downtown Moultrie Tomorrow has completed the purchase of the old Citi Trends building downtown. The property on Main Street at Central Avenue, across from the Colquitt County Courthouse, was tied up in an estate problem involving laws in different states, City Manager Pete Dillard said, but now the deal is done and officials can move forward with a planned downtown welcome center.

Master Plan for Downtown Dalton to be Released Tuesday Night

Daily Citizen-News | 2/4/2019

For almost a year, experts from the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute have been crunching the numbers and interviewing local residents and business owners, developing a master plan to revitalize downtown Dalton. On Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at Stage 123 at 123 W. Gordon St., that plan will be unveiled

Tale of Two Downtowns: Valdosta Seeks Growth; Thomasville Remains Gold Standard

The Tifton Gazette | 1/31/2019

Less than an hour west of Valdosta sits Thomasville, a town known for its Rose Festival, historic plantations and booming downtown. From bagel shops and bakeries to antique stores and art galleries, Thomasville is a not-so-hidden gem of Southwest Georgia. The small town brings more than 100,000 people — some from Valdosta — to its many events held in the downtown area.

Former Main Street Manager Named Interim Manager

The Tifton Gazette | 1/8/2019
Bruce Green has been named as the interim Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Manager, according to a press release from the City of Tifton.

New Downtown Dalton Development Authority Director Starts on Monday

Daily Citizen-News | 12/18/2018
Members of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority board say incoming director Catherine Edgemon will have a bigger and broader task than any director before her but they are confident she has the skills and experience to succeed.

Mayor Unveils Plans for City Center

Forsyth Herald | 11/27/2018
Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow is working to fulfill his campaign promises, and he just committed to the biggest one yet — a new City Center near downtown Cumming.

New Hotel Planned for Downtown Dalton

Dalton Citizen-News | 11/27/2018

A trip to Albany in 2014 during his time in Leadership Georgia set Dalton businessman Kasey Carpenter on a path leading to his businesses in Dalton. Carpenter, who owns The Oakwood Cafe and Cherokee Brewing + Pizza Company in downtown and the Walnut Hill Farm wedding venue in the northern end of Whitfield County, hopes to soon have another venture downtown. 

Urban Planning Expert Talks About Placemaking Opportunities

The Newnan Times-Herald | 11/5/2018

An urban planning company visited Newnan to talk about placemaking and possibly doing a project in town. Andrew Howard, co-founder and director of Team Better Block (TBB), of Dallas, Texas, described placemaking as turning “somewhere you want to drive through to somewhere you want to get out and enjoy.” 

Is a New Downtown in Peachtree City's Future?

The Citizen | 10/26/2018
A downtown could be in Peachtree City’s future, according to Mayor Vanessa Fleisch and City Manager Jon Rorie in the City Council meeting Oct. 18.

Microbreweries Get Green Light in Calhoun

Rome News-Tribune | 9/26/2018

Add Calhoun to the list of smaller cities across Georgia that want to take advantage of a rapidly expanding craft beer industry.

Andrew Tierce got the green light for development of his Coosa Valley Brewing Company microbrewery Monday night when the Calhoun Council approved an amendment to its alcoholic beverage ordinance

Stockbridge Main Street's Possible Future Unveiled

Henry Herald | 9/26/2018

A few years from now, Stockbridge’s downtown area could look a lot different than it does now.

That message was sent at a presentation Thursday evening in front of Stockbridge’s old fire station on Martin Luther King Sr. Trail, an old fire station that could be repurposed into a town center of sorts.

City Weighs Allowing Brewpubs

Valdosta Daily Times | 9/12/2018
Valdosta City Council will consider changing the alcohol ordinance to allow brewpubs to sell and pour alcohol malt beverages.

Bainbridge Couple Reviving Past of Iconic Downtown Building

The Post Searchlight | 9/12/2018
Doug and Sherry Young have finally gotten the opportunity to bring their vision and passion for downtown Bainbridge to life. After years of waiting for the right building to become available, the Youngs have purchased the one at the corner of Broad and Water streets.

Business Owners to Renovate Historic Location in Downtown Bainbridge

The Post Searchlight | 7/24/2018

Heather and Tyler Thomas, owners of the American, purchased the second floor of the original Park Hotel from the Downtown Development Authority this week. They plan to restore the building and use it for its original purpose. The building has been vacant since the late 1950’s, according to the couple, but was once a thriving lodge and hotel. 

Newnan Considers Establishing "Entertainment District"

The Newnan Times-Herald | 7/24/2018

Establishing a downtown “entertainment district” could possibly streamline future event planning, according to city officials.  Councilman Ray DuBose proposed the idea during the last meeting of the Newnan City Council. 

Slow Ride - Take It Easy: Augusta Seeks to Adopt Golf Car Ordinance for Downtown

The Augusta Chronicle | 5/24/2018
Street-legal golf cars could be shuttling tourists and workers throughout the central business district by year’s end under a plan that will be presented to the Augusta Commission on May 29.
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