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.” 

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.

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.
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