Oct. 24, 2017
TIFTON AN 'EXCEPTIONAL
MAIN STREET' COMMUNITY
CITY'S AWARD ONE OF ONLY EIGHT THIS YEAR
The City of Tifton received
a 2017 Exceptional Main Street award -- one of only eight this year -- at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) fall conference recently in Savannah.
Tifton now joins 15 other Main Street programs in the state that have been
as proven leaders with a strong economic impact along with a strong historic preservation ethic. The eight
year join eight existing programs as proven leaders in downtown development, the DCA said.
Each of these 16 cities has been carefully selected because of the "overwhelmingly positive impact that the Main Street program has had on its local historic district. From new businesses and job creation, to rehabilitation projects and downtown housing, these communities have set themselves apart with their annual economic impact numbers and focus on historic preservation," according to the DCA.
Of the 94 Main Street programs that participated in the highly competitive annual assessment process, the state said only 16 cities stand out amongst the rest to be designated as Georgia Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) communities.
"We attribute the remarkable growth and improved quality of downtown to successful public-private partnerships, courageous private-sector leadership, a commitment by small business owners, and the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton to invest in our downtown's future through strategic projects intended to leverage private sector investments," said Lequrica Gaskins, Tifton's downtown director.
"We are so appreciative of both the city and county who have provided their continued support for the Main Street program since its inception. These partnerships have afforded Tifton an opportunity to formulate a methodology that works while yielding a healthy, vital and growing downtown that embraces sustainability, a great quality of life and future economic growth," she said.
In addition to Tifton, the other GEMS communities named this year are Brunswick, Columbus, Madison, Moultrie, Newnan, Statesboro and Tybee Island. Previous existing GEMS communities are Bainbridge, Dahlonega, Greensboro, Milledgeville, Rome, Thomasville, Toccoa and Valdosta.
"These communities are
common attributes that help make them the
strongest commercial historic districts in the state: A strong commitment to
historic preservation and
leadership and active
municipal support," said
Jessica Reynolds, director of DCA's
Office of Downtown Development, which houses the
Georgia Main Street program.
Tifton gets access to special one-on-one
technical services offered by the Office of Downtown Development, such as strategic planning sessions, board retreats and work-plan development, along with
scholarship opportunities and
discounted rates for
City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr., who serves as vice chairman of Tifton's Downtown Development Authority, accepted the award on behalf of the city and its Main Street program.
WATCHDOG GROUP HONORS REP. HOUSTON
FOR HER CONSUMER WORK
At a recent event in
anniversary, the nonprofit
organization presented its
Consumer Champion Lifetime Achievement Award
to state Rep.
, R-Nashville, for her work to
Houston, whose district includes part of
Tift County, has served in the
General Assembly since
1997, and has been a
"the little guy" and a "particularly
good friend to consumers,"
Georgia Watch said.
During her tenure,
Houston has helped defeat multiple attempts to reintroduce
predatory lending practices in Georgia, including in the title pawn and debt settlement industries; supported Georgia Watch's efforts to
protect Georgia Power Co.
ratepayers from paying a "nuclear tariff;" called attention to EMC member recovery of
refund checks; helped identify possibly
unscrupulous tax preparers; and introduced a resolution
honoring Georgia Watch's advisory board member
Clark Howard, the organization said.
Georgia Watch is proud to recognize Rep. Houston with our
highest organizational honor for standing up for the interests of
Georgia consumers and helping protect their
legal rights," said Georgia Watch Executive Director
Liz Coyle. "We owe her a debt of
gratitude for the energy she put forth every day to make
2002, Georgia Watch is a
statewide nonprofit organization working to
protect and empower Georgia
consumers on matters that affect their quality of life, particularly focused on those most affected by predatory business practices, the cost of utilities and healthcare and restricted access to the civil justice system.
NEW 100 POINTERS
Sixth-graders Gabby Vargas, Emily Alexis and Julie Funk are the newest members of Tiftarea Academy Middle School's 100 Point Club.
The trio earned more than 100 Accelerated Reader points in just the first nine weeks of school.
They received a T-shirt and special prize pack from Middle School literature teacher Haley Crosson.
CHAMBER OFFICIALS VISIT ROTARIANS
At a recent meeting of the
Rotary Club of Tifton,
Tyron Spearman, who is this year's
chairman of the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, along with
Chris Beckham, Chamber
vice president, spoke to
Rotarians about the
continuation of the
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) on the
November ballot and about local business initiatives.
In the photo, from left, are
Darian Peavy, who introduced the Rotary program; Rotary President
Shaundra Clark; and
'Tis the Season
Students from both
Tift and Cook counties
learned about topics relating to
agriculture and the environment.
Pictured is Tift County fourth-grader Lily Robinson waling through some "South Georgia snow" in a local cotton field.
BLUE STAR MEMORIAL DEDICATION
The Magnolia Garden Club of Tifton and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College recently sponsored a Blue Star Memorial marker dedication ceremony in the Baldwin Gardens on the ABAC campus.
The Blue Star Memorial
serves as "A tribute to the Armed Forces who have defended the United States of America." The ceremony was another segment in the ABAC Veterans Initiative
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