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.

Providing the Support: Often behind the scenes, the Callaway Foundation has led the effort to revitalize LaGrange's downtown

The LaGrange Daily News | 5/3/2018
Ten years ago, there was a lot of potential for a lasting, community-focused downtown LaGrange, but at that point, it was little more than a vision.  After 5 p.m., downtown had little to no activity, and many of the amenities enjoyed today were years from becoming a reality.

In a Historic Downtown, Disaster Becomes a Chance Build Something Better

Citylab | 4/4/2018
A 2014 fire in Clarkesville, Georgia, was “the worst nightmare for someone who’s in downtown development.” But the recovery launched an essential conversation about what the town square should be

Clearer Timeline Released for $200M Downtown Lawrenceville Megaproject

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | 4/4/2018

A clearer timeline for the construction of a $200 million megaproject near downtown Lawrenceville has emerged. 

City of Lawrenceville spokesman Lisa Sherman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that demolition work to pave the way for the so-called South Lawn project — which will include retail and greenspace in addition to more than 600 residential units  — is now slated to begin in late summer

Downtown Canton Project Zooms Toward Conclusion

Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News | 2/13/2018
A project to transform a large chunk of downtown into a work-play destination should be open for business in six months or less, developers said this week. 

Rural Zone designation for downtown Jonesboro to incentivize new businesses, revitalize area

Clayton News-Daily | 1/23/2018

City Manager Ricky Clark said that with the Jonesboro downtown district’s recent designation as a Rural Zone, the city now has another tool to incentivize development and revitalization.

The entire downtown district along North and South Main Street has been designated by the Department of Community Affairs under the Rural Zone Program and is eligible for certain tax credits for businesses and investors that create new jobs, invest in properties and rehabilitate existing structures.

Jonesboro is among the first nine communities to receive such designation since the Rural Act was adopted by the Georgia legislature last year and went into effect Jan. 1. The purpose, according to DCA, is to “provide tax credit incentives to promote the revitalization of vacant rural Georgia downtowns by encouraging investment, job creation, and economic growth in long-established business districts by the designation of ‘Rural Zones.’”

Historic Preservation Ordinance has been critical to reinvestment in downtown Rome

Rome-News Tribune | 1/23/2018
Rome businessman Ira Levy, probably responsible for more historic rehabilitation projects in Rome than any other individual, believes the importance of Rome’s historic preservation ordinance is hard to understate. Without it, Rome could not have received more than $9.5 million in extremely low interest loans to provide gap financing for projects that have resulted in $46.8 million in reinvestment in downtown Rome over the last 17 years.

Schulte to Serve as the 2018 GDA President

Union-Recorder | 11/21/2017

Carlee Schulte, Milledgeville Main Street/DDA executive director, has been named president of the Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) Board of Directors for 2018. Schulte previously served as secretary/treasurer of the organization and is currently vice-president.

Downtown Housing Development Receives Approval from Planners | 10/2/2017
A proposed housing project in downtown Alpharetta passed a major hurdle Thursday on its way to a final vote before the City Council later this month.

Tyrone Downtown Development Possibilities Unfold

The Citizen | 10/2/2017

The Tyrone Town Council on Sept. 21 got a look at possible enhancements to the downtown area that stemmed from citizen requests during the recent comprehensive plan update.  Planning and Zoning Director Phillip Trocquet said the town applied to the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fellowship for assistance after citizen input was received and the update to the town’s Comprehensive Plan was completed earlier in the year.

Downtown Renaissance Partnership Helps Boost Economic Vitality in Northwest Georgia

UGA Today | 8/1/2017
Downtown business districts in some northwest Georgia cities are getting a facelift, thanks to the University of Georgia and funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Green Vision for Downtown Brunswick

The Brunswick News | 6/12/2017

Representatives from the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government laid out a short-term vision plan to the Brunswick City Commission last week on how to transform core downtown areas into destinations.

Danny Bivins, senior public service associate, and Clark Stancil, with the Vinson Institute, shared short-term plans the city could put in place right away.

“People want to see more people living, working and playing downtown,” Bivins said. “We’ll focus on things that can be achieved without a lot of money.”

Gainesville Brings "Parklet" to Downtown Square

Gainesville Times | 6/12/2017

The married couple liked what they saw as they sized up the platform extending from the sidewalk outside their craft beer establishment on the Gainesville square.

Gainesville city officials introduced the structure — called a parklet — with a ribbon-cutting Friday outside Downtown Drafts, which is owned and operated by Aimee and Nick Hoecker.

Built in sections from mostly salvaged and repurposed wood, the platform features wooden benches on the corners, chairs and counter where food and drinks can be placed. The non-smoking public seating area also has built in planters.

City of Fairburn joins Main Street program

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | 5/3/2017
The city of Fairburn has joined the Georgia Main Street network as an affiliate. The program, which follows the National Main Street Center’s approach to downtown revitalization, is a management strategy helping activate volunteers in breathing life into main streets across America.


$53M of retail, restaurants, housing, offices coming to downtown Gainesville

Gainesville Times | 5/3/2017
Downtown Gainesville is about to undergo a $53 million makeover.
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