Covington City Council Gives Final Approval to Entertainment Districts

The Citizens | 12/13/2019
Ordinances allowing for the open consumption of alcohol on the Historic Square and at Legion Field were given final approval by the Covington City Council Monday night.

Many Divided on Proposed Downtown Athens Historic District

Athens Banner-Herald | 11/19/2019
A new downtown historic district proposal under development could include places important in Athens history — the building that houses the 40 Watt Club and the Hot Corner African American businesses at the intersection of Hull and Washington streets.

Study Shows Potential for Downtown Brunswick

The Brunswick News | 11/19/2019

A study commissioned by the Coastal Georgia Foundation has determined downtown Brunswick could absorb more than 60 rental and for-sale housing units per year over the next five years. The results of the study, unveiled Wednesday at the College of Coastal Georgia’s Southeastern Conference Center, confirm what many business leaders in Brunswick have believed for months.

Housing Study for Downtown Brunswick to Be Released

The Brunswick News | 10/22/2019

A group of community and business leaders traveled to Macon earlier this year to look at the successful revitalization of the city’s downtown.

They learned hundreds of new residents moved into lofts and apartments above vacant storefronts over the past seven years, attracting dozens of new businesses, restaurants and shops to open to create a thriving downtown district, day and night.

What Will Soon Be Built on the "Fourth Side of the Square?"

The Gainesville Times | 9/19/2019
Downtown Gainesville could be getting a three-story mixed-use building as soon as early 2021, according to the developer of the "fourth side of the square."

Nonprofit to Help Spur Downtown Growth

The Brunswick News | 9/19/2019

A new nonprofit organization has been created to raise private capital as a way to add new residents and businesses in downtown Brunswick.  NewCity Brunswick is modeled after a nonprofit organization in Macon that is credited with the revitalization of the city’s downtown district.

Session to Focus on Importance of Small Business, Downtown Thomasville

Albany Herald | 9/19/2019
The city of Thomasville will host the final session of a three-part public outreach series designed to help citizens understand the multiple components that contribute to a strong local economy.

Kennesaw Okays Downtown Residential Project

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | 8/16/2019
The Kennesaw City Council voted Aug. 5 to approve a Central Business District project for a residential project to be known as Prichard Park at 2974 Moon Station Road.

Flowery Branch Strikes Agreement for Downtown Developent

Access North Georgia | 7/25/2019
The city of Flowery Branch has reached a formal agreement with a developer for the construction of two major projects in and near the city's downtown area.

Sugar Hill brings moon'SHINE' to entertainment district

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | 6/27/2019
Sugar Hill is embracing the city’s history of moonshining on the Chattahoochee by affectionately calling their downtown entertainment area “Sugar Hill’s Intersection of Neighborhoods and Entertainment,” or the SHINE District.

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.

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.

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.” 

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