In addition to wealthy farming lands, Bainbridge serves as one of Georgia’s two inland ports. Bainbridge has its own boat basin and is close to Lake Seminole, making the river an important economic and recreational resource. Watersports, particularly bass fishing, have recently attracted new visitors and commerce to Bainbridge. In 2011 and 2012, the city profited more than $1.5 million from the popularity of bass fishing tournaments. City residents are beginning to recognize the growing power of these fishing tournaments and are excited to harness that power to enliven their downtown. If residents, city officials, and community leaders can develop ways to attach the city to its greatest resource, Bainbridge’s charming and historic downtown will be well on its way.