27 Decatur-based Businesses Qualify for Small-Business Loans

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | 6/17/2020
The city of Decatur announced that 27 businesses are receiving loans from the Emergency Small Business Loan Program the city created in April. The loans range from $5000 to $25,000, and according to data provided by Adam Schick with The Wilbert Group, the average amount delivered to loan recipients is $20,185.

DDA Emergency Grants Given to 15 Businesses

The Union-Recorder | 5/27/2020
The Downtown Development Authority has awarded 15 emergency grants to local businesses to support them during the COVID-19 crisis.

We Need to Save Main Street. Here's How.

Best Cities | 5/5/2020
As the pandemic grinds on, the future of Main Streets and commercial neighborhoods across the country—and the restaurants, bars and shops that bring them to life—is in peril, as with so many aspects of business and life. So what are the vital steps to solving the crisis?

A Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff

CNN.Com | 4/9/2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Jennifer Knox would walk into her bar and soak in the sounds of people chatting while sipping on their drinks and listening to local musicians strum along on their guitars.

Now, her restaurant, The Sand Bar -- located in Tybee Island, Georgia -- is quiet, with no customers or employees in site.

Officials seek thriving downtown without affecting identity of surrounding neighborhoods

The Brunswick News | 2/20/2020

f things go as planned, Justin Callaway envisions an eclectic, energetic community to bubble in downtown Brunswick in five years.

“I think you will see a proud population continuing to work on highlighting the historical and cultural assets of the city and playing an important role alongside the islands in attracting visitors to the area,” he said.

Callaway is director of NewCity Brunswick, an organization created to encourage new residents and businesses to move downtown. The privately funded nonprofit organization will provide revolving loans and other creative funding, including assistance for state and federal grants. A housing study developers typically pay for before committing to a project will be available for use by anyone expressing an interest in downtown.

Committee recommends first TAD grant: $188,365 for West District

Statesboro Herald | 2/12/2020
The South Main TAD Advisory Committee recently approved its first recommendation for granting a private developer’s request for Tax Allocation District funding.

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.

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