Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Main Street Toccoa Awarded 2018 TPD Grant

Stefanie Harper
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia Tourism awards funding to 16 tourism projects
Grant program provides financial support for new and expanding tourism projects 

ATLANTA, September 11, 2018 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division announced today that it has awarded $116,744 in product development grants to 16 new and expanding tourism projects across the state. 

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding for communities that have participated in our Tourism Product Development Resource Team program,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The grant recipients reflect a variety of exciting and creative tourism projects that will attract and serve visitors throughout the state.”

Since its inception, Georgia Tourism’s Product Development team has served 60 counties, cities, private for-profits and non-profits throughout the state in areas ranging from agritourism to downtown development.

“Funding is one of the greatest needs in fortifying tourism product development,” said Cindy Eidson, Director of Tourism Product Development for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “By making grants available to support projects that our Resource Teams help inspire, we are investing in the growth of tourism and jobs in communities across the state.”

Recipients of the Cycle I 2018 Tourism Product Development Resource Team Grant Funding Program include:

·         Athens Downtown Development Authority—Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle
·         Brooks County Development Authority—A Camellia City Festival: Winter in the Garden Event
·         Chattooga County—Paradise Gardens Foundation Air BnB
·         City of Cuthbert—The Magic of Murals
·         City of Darien—Kumbaya Book and Marketing Materials
·         City of Kingston—The City of Kingston Heritage Tourism Project
·         City of Stockbridge—Green Front CafĂ© Identification Project
·         City of Toccoa—Downtown Wayfinding Signage: Phase II
·         Dublin Downtown Development Authority—Telfair Street Building Renovation (Gallery, DIY Painting Event Space & Youth Arts Outreach Program)
·         Eatonton Putnam Downtown Development Authority—Briar Patch Pocket Parks Phase 3
·         Liberty County Development Authority—Dorchester Kiosks – telling MLK, Jr.’s connection to Dorchester
·         Pike County Board of Commissioners—Pike County Map
·         Sandersville School Building Authority—Fall Movie Series
·         Senoia Downtown Development Authority—Senoia Tourism Branding Initiative
·         Washington County Board of Commissioners—Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center Improvements
·         White County Board of Commissioners—Yonah Preserve Trails

The Georgia Tourism review panel consists of members from the public and private sector as well as fellow professionals who are experienced in the tourism industry or the type of grant being reviewed.
About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Historic Plaque Dedication: McNeely & Company

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777
RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony Held at X-Factor Grill on September 6, 2018

TOCCOA, GA – The first historic plaque in the 2018 – 2019 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings was unveiled on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 5 p.m., at the X-Factor Grill, located at 27 East Doyle Street, celebrating the legacy of McNeely & Company.

The ceremony brought out a large crowd, including members of the McNeely family, city officials, including Mayor David Austin, members of the Toccoa Historic Preservation Commission, members of the Toccoa Planning Commission, and historically-minded local citizens. Poignant stories were told about McNeely & Company and its founder, and the community came together to celebrate this very special occasion.

 The historic plaque program highlights historic buildings in Toccoa, and the remaining plaques are set to follow each month. Once all plaques have been installed, they will be added to Main Street Toccoa’s Historic Walking Tour Guide. The next historic plaque will be unveiled on October 4, 2018 at 114/118 North Sage Street to celebrate the history of the Standard Telephone Company office.

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding the Historic Plaque Program. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


Monday, August 13, 2018

City Hall Selfie Day Coming Up

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Date: August 9, 2018
Contact: Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator
RE: City Hall Selfie Day

August 9, 2018 – Toccoa GA – The City of Toccoa is once again proud to participate in the 2018 City Hall Selfie Day. Taking place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, staff of City Hall will take “selfie” photographs that will be posted on Facebook via the official Main Street Toccoa page.

The community is encouraged to come and take “selfie” photographs in front of City Hall or within the building. Show the staff at Main Street Toccoa, located on the third floor of City Hall, your “selfie” photograph to receive a free gift, while supplies last.

City Hall Selfie Day is a yearly event hosted by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) that promotes civic pride and mutual understanding between your local government employees and the citizens of this wonderful community.

For more information, please contact Sharon Crosby, Special Events Coordinator, at or via phone at 706.282.3309


Monday, August 6, 2018

Open Mic Monday Begins in September

For Immediate Release

Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039
Date: 08/06/2018
RE: Second Annual Open Mic Monday Competition Begins

The Ritz Theatre is pleased to host the second annual free Open Mic Monday beginning on
September 17th and continuing on the third Monday of every month through to the grand finale in
January 2019. The first 12 performers to either sign up by email at
or show up at the Historic Ritz Theatre on the evening of the show before 6:30 pm will be
accepted. Only musical acts are eligible and contestants will play 2 songs or perform for 10
minutes, whichever comes first. The winning performer will get a paid gig as the opening act for
the first Ida Cox Music Series performance in June 2019.

Winners from each of the four nights will be invited back for a “Final 4” competition on January
21 st to determine the ultimate Open Mic Monday winner. The remaining dates are October 15 th ,
November 19 th , and December 17th. 

For more information about Open Mic Monday, contact Danita Gaudette, General Manager,
Historic Ritz Theatre at 706.244-0039.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ida Cox Music Series to feature Hometown Tour from Radio 106.1 Georgia Country

News Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Sharon Crosby
Date: 7/24/18
RE: Ida Cox Music Series

A Local Hometown Hero is Recognized at Saturday Concert

Toccoa, GA, July 24, 2018 – Radio 106.1 Georgia Country will be broadcasting live from 6 pm –
8 pm at this week’s Ida Cox concert. Announcers Walker and Macie will be set up on Doyle St.
and broadcast the program live. It is part of their Hometown Tour which travels around the area
celebrating local heroes. Toccoa Stephens County’s award will go to Danny Yearwood. Danny is
the Chaplain at the Stephens County jail and has made it his life’s mission to help others addicted
to drugs and alcohol. As a recovering addict of 20 years, Danny wants to help others overcome
their addictions. Danny will be receiving his award during the program. The community is invited
to come.

Hunter Callahan is this week’s featured artist at the concert. This is Hunter’s second year
performing at the Ida Cox Music Concert. He and his band perform blues, rock, and country
music. Conrad Moore will be this week’s opening act.
August 4, the Grassland String Band will perform.

The concerts are held every Saturday night in June, July, and August from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
in downtown Toccoa on Doyle Street from Sage Street to Pond Street. Admission is free.

In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the Historic Ritz Theatre on Doyle St.