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Admin

USA
1484 Posts
Blairsville.com Administrator

Posted - 07/09/2006 :  11:18:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Downtown Revitalization group met on June 12, and a new survey was done of what the priorities to focus on were. That list was documented by the facilitators Paul Kreager and Kathy Papa and is made available for viewing here: <click here>

The participants then divided themselves into committees aligned with particular areas of interest or expertise. Those committees are:


  • Organization, chaired by Mayor Jim Conley

  • Economic Restructuring, co-chaired by Britt McAfee, Jim McAfee, Bob Jackson, and Beverly Jackson

  • Promotion, co-chaired by Teresa Dorton and Buddy Moore

  • Design, co-chaired by Paula Paris Johnson and Carol Nix


The committees have been getting together since the first kick-off meeting on June 12th. Each is working on the areas of focus identified and setting the stage, with Jean Oakley's help, for this revitalization effort in conjunction with the City of Blairsville and the Downtown Development Authority. Jean Oakley is the Program Manager for the effort, providing direction on program objectives and limitations, and coordinating the interaction with the different groups and committees involved with this initiative.

Admin note: I will post the regular monthly meeting schedules for the committees once I've confirmed that information.

I'd like to reiterate something that Jean told me early on: "It takes us all to bring about the improvements we want for Blairsville. The basis of the Better Hometown program is grassroots action; it's a self-help program that requires community-wide participation." It's easy to grumble about things we don't like about this or that in our city, but it only becomes meaningful when we take real effort to step forward and help to be an agent of change towards that vision.

These committees are made up of concerned and interested citizens that want to be involved. They're public meetings and you can join in anytime. If you've got a vision of what Blairsville is and should be, I urge you to join in and be a part of this process. Thanks.

Admin

USA
1484 Posts
Blairsville.com Administrator

Posted - 07/09/2006 :  11:58:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Original priorities list identified by the meeting participants, as documented on Septemer 12, 2005:
http://blairsville.com/news/articles/200606/priorities.asp

Updated priorities list identified by the meeting participants, as documented on June 12, 2006:
http://blairsville.com/news/articles/200607/priorities2.asp

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Lake Runner

USA
305 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2006 :  10:00:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would have to agree with most of the priorities. Anyone know what the next steps are for this?

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Admin

USA
1484 Posts
Blairsville.com Administrator

Posted - 07/10/2006 :  4:14:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Next steps are being defined by each of the different committees. For example, the Promotion committee is focusing on two upcoming events (Southeastern Bluegrass Festival, and Hometown Halloween On The Square) as targeted events that will help, in the work involved in the coordination, planning, and preparation for them, towards achieving the goals laid out.

As we get information on projects, plans, and activities planned for the Downtown Revitalization initiative, we'll will post it here or ask committee members to post it here. We're creating separate topics for the committees as we get information from them.

It is our hope that this forum (or one like it) can provide a bridge between interested citizens, committee members, government officials, and business leaders to interact with each other and with the readers here, who really represent the people who have been in Blairsville, are currently in Blairsville, or who want to be in Blairsville.

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auntsue

USA
52 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2006 :  10:01:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Big writeup in the News this week.

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nelly

USA
2816 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2006 :  07:14:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The NGN did a good job covering the Downtown Development Authority and the revitalization efforts. Maybe the publicity will help get people motivated to pitch in to make Blairsville grow in the right direction.


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Mr Bill

USA
1390 Posts
Local Business Leader

Posted - 08/17/2006 :  8:51:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Revitalization News for August
Blairsville's Downtown Revitalization Team has been hard at work! Though much of that hard work doesn't show yet, it will certainly pay off down the road.

The goal of our "Better Hometown" program is "Economic development through downtown revitalization, heritage preservation, and restoring a sense of place." The Revitalization Team consists of the seven-member Downtown Development Authority of Blairsville and four revitalization committees -- Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring. Committee membership is open to any and all who want to volunteer for this long-term revitalization effort.

Streetscape Planning. A safe and inviting streetscape was one of the highest priorities voiced at our town meetings. To that end, the designers at the Department of Community Affairs are currently working on a streetscape concept that will be used to get feedback from the community on what our final streetscape should look like and include. The DDA will use that streetscape plan as the basis for a DOT Transportation Enhancement grant application; if awarded, the funding will be used to implement the streetscape plan.

Gardening on the Square. As a first step toward enhancing town square, the Design Committee hosted a work day on July 15. A dozen volunteers spent a very hot summer day picking up litter, weeding flower beds around the perimeter, and planting wooden barrels placed at the main entrances to the square. Most of the flowers that were planted are cultivated versions of native perennials, paying respect to the glorious natural heritage of our mountain community. Perennials become larger and healthier over successive growing seasons, so the barrels should be fuller and more colorful in coming years. And, since they're native, they are well adapted to our seasonal conditions.

Many thanks go to United Community Bank for funding the plantings, Nelson's Ace Hardware for assistance and discounts on the planters and perennials, Rick's Rental for providing a heavy-duty wagon, and especially the many hard-working volunteers who sweated and strained to make it all possible.

Operation Clean-Sweep. The next step toward enhancing the downtown is an upcoming project to encourage building and business owners to clean up and decorate for our fall visitors. The Design Committee is in the planning stages on this project, and details will be announced in the very near future.

Building Face-Lift Guidelines. The Design Committee is developing recommendations for building face-lifts that owners can use to improve the facades of their buildings. Designer Marcie Culpepper is lending her expertise on this project, which will include manageable upgrades such as suggested paint colors, awnings, signage, etc.

Special Events. The Promotion Committee is working on two upcoming community events, both free and open to the public in downtown Blairsville:


  • First is the SEBA Bluegrass Festival coming up Fri.-Sat., Sept. 22-23. This major event is being coordinated by "Music Man" Sam Ensley and will include at least two performance stages downtown, plus music-related workshops, music vendors, musicians jamming around the square, and lots of great bluegrass music.

  • Next is an old-fashioned Hometown Halloween on the Square on Tues., Oct. 31. This wholesome family event will feature a costume contest, storytelling, craft activities, games on the Old Courthouse grounds, and of course trick-or-treating around the square.


Website. The Promotion Committee is also working on a website to let people know what's happening in historic downtown Blairsville. The idea is to celebrate what is special and unique about our downtown and to let everyone know about our revitalization effort. Website designer Janice Boling is volunteering her time and talent to this project and is donating the domain name as well.

Other Projects. Various DDA and committee members are researching other areas of interest such as historic preservation measures, facade grant funding, building histories, building plaques, wall murals, and the list goes on, as do the possibilities.

For more information about what the Revitalization Team is doing and how you can help Blairsville fulfill its potential, please contact Janet Hartman at ddaofb2005@alltel.net

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coosa creek

USA
39313 Posts

Posted - 09/05/2006 :  6:12:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is going on at nelly's old building, anyone know?

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justamom

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 09/30/2006 :  5:10:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That building sure looks great with all the new crown moldings and the new face lift! I hope some others follow the leader!

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mad4martinis

USA
13730 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2006 :  10:51:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where'd you get that hat Mister!!! LOL

I love Nelly's building! I was praying they wouldn't paint it brown. (too boring!) It's a very beautiful updated look and I do hope too that others will follow the same design.

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coosa creek

USA
39313 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2006 :  6:12:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

well, i love the way the building looks and I love the color! It really looks good!

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GrayEagle

USA
9966 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2007 :  9:25:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
How is the program(s) progressing? Is there anything going on? Haven't seen any updates for some time. Just wondering how the group is progressing.

GrayEagle
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Mr Bill

USA
1390 Posts
Local Business Leader

Posted - 03/06/2007 :  10:12:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's proceeding great, Gray. The fault is more mine for not putting anything out here. The info at the top is stale now and I'm a bit stymied in what I should do to keep it fresh. Post new ones with the updated info? Or edit the originals with the current information? The history is kind of nice.

Also, don't forget to check out the Blairsville Downtown Development Authority's website at http://www.downtownblairsville.com/ . Janice has been working hard with Janet Hartman, the program manager, in making it current and topical. In fact, it's really THE place to go for information about the Downtown Revitalization program. These forums were really a stopgap measure while the website moved from vision to reality.

The DDA meets this Thursday night for their regular monthly meeting. I can tell you that Janet is doing a great job as program manager and really providing an effective bridge between the DDA board members and the committee heads and members.

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xy

USA
174 Posts

Posted - 05/13/2008 :  08:48:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

Also, don't forget to check out the Blairsville Downtown Development Authority's website at http://www.downtownblairsville.com/ . Janice has been working hard with Janet Hartman, the program manager, in making it current and topical. In fact, it's really THE place to go for information about the Downtown Revitalization program. These forums were really a stopgap measure while the website moved from vision to reality.


The Tour de Georgia slideshow on this web site is impressive.
(go to the home page, scroll down and click on the link in the left column)

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