Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Open Mic Monday's October Winners

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Keith Kozicki, 706.282.3232
Date: 10/17/2017
RE: Open Mic Monday October Winner

The Historic Ritz Theatre selects October Open Mic Competition Winner

Clint Coker (left) and Daniel Mack (right) perform at the Ritz Theatre
Toccoa, GA, October 17, 2017

Daniel Mack of Martin, GA and Clint Coker of Habersham County have won the October round of the Open Mic Monday competition that took place this past Monday night, October 16th at the Historic Ritz Theatre.

The three-judge panel consisted of veteran Atlanta radio personality Kelly McCoy, Ritz Theatre General Manager Keith Kozicki, and Toccoa musician David Shabat.  Mack and Coker were the unanimous first place choice of the judges. The performances included a variety of live music, poetry and even stand-up comedy.

“It was another strong showing by our local area talent. We expect the next two Open Mic Monday events in November and December to continue showcasing some really outstanding performers.” according to Open Mic Monday emcee McCoy.

The next competition is Monday, November 20th at 7 PM.  Open Mic Monday is held every third Monday of the month through December and is a free event. Interested performers can sign up by email at ritztheatretoccoa@gmail.com or at the Historic Ritz Theatre on the evening of the show on a first-come, first-up basis. Contestants will play 3 songs or perform for 15 minutes, whichever comes first. Winners from each of the four nights will be invited back for a “Final 4” competition on January 22nd to determine the ultimate Open Mic Monday winner. The winning performer will get a paid gig as the opening act for the first Ida Cox music series performance in June of 2018.

The remaining dates are 11/20 and 12/18 with the final competition to be held on January 22nd, 2018. 

For more information about Open Mic Monday, contact Keith Kozicki, General Manager, Historic Ritz Theatre at 706. 282.3232.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Historic Resources Survey: Phase II- Bidding Begins

Press Release
Release: Immediate

Contact: Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 09/19/17

RE: Request for Proposals for HPF Grant

TOCCOA, GA, September 19, 2017- The City of Toccoa is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bids for the Historic Resources Survey, Phase II: Northwest Quadrant, a project funded in part by the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (HPD).
Qualified consultants are asked to submit bids for an historic resources survey of approximately 500 resources in the City of Toccoa’s Northwest Quadrant.

Sealed bids may be submitted to Christian Hamilton at the Main Street office via mail or hand-delivered. No emailed bids will be accepted. An official bid opening will take place on September 28, 2017 at 2pm in the Third Floor Conference Room of City Hall.

For more information, please refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP), located online at http://www.cityoftoccoa.com/bidops.cfm, or contact Mr. Hamilton via email at chamilton@cityoftoccoa.com. The completion of Phase II of the citywide Historic Resources Survey will allow the City of Toccoa to further understand its historic resources, as well as work toward Category II of Certified Local Government (CLG) status.

This Historic Resources Survey: Phase II: Northwest Quadrant has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, through the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. However, the contents, opinions, and recommendations expressed in this Historic Resources Survey: Phase II: Northwest Quadrant do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or consultants constitute endorsement or recommendation by these agencies. This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, or disability in its federally-assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.

For more information about the project or RFP, please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

City Hall Selfie Day Arrives in August

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, Main Street Manager

Date: 08.07.17

RE: City Hall Selfie Day- August 15, 2017

TOCCOA, GA, August 7, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is proud to participate in 2017’s “City Hall Selfie Day,” which will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. As part of the festivities, Main Street Toccoa will be posting “selfies” from various city hall employees on its official Facebook Page intermittently throughout the day.

Main Street Toccoa encourages local residents to stop by City Hall on August 15, 2017 and take “selfie’ photographs in front of City Hall. Sharing these photographs to the official Main Street Toccoa Facebook Page will enter participants in a drawing to win a special prize from Main Street Toccoa.

City Hall Selfie Day is sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), a non-profit dedicated to empowering the next generation of local government professionals.
For more information about City Hall Selfie Day, please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Commissioner Wins APWA Elected Official of the Year

Release: Immediate

Contact: Christian Hamilton, Main Street Manager

Date: 08/01/17

Re: Commissioner Terry Carter Wins APWA Award

Toccoa, Georgia, August 1, 2017- The City of Toccoa is proud to announce that Commissioner Terry Carter has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 American Public Works Association (APWA)- Georgia Chapter Elected Official of the Year Award. This coveted award puts Commissioner Carter in a very elite group of winners.

Commissioner Carter received the award at the annual APWA-Georgia Chapter Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, July 26th at the historic Jekyll Island Club in Jekyll Island, GA. In his role in public service, Commissioner Carter has overseen and played an instrumental role in countless city projects, including construction bids for a new city pool and pool building, the streetscape project, and renovations at Toccoa’s Historic Ritz Theatre. Commissioner Carter’s spearheading of the pool project also won the APWA-Georgia Chapter Award for Small Cities/Rural Communities previously. 

As Mayor of Toccoa, Commissioner Carter secured LWCF funding for a grant of $100,000 for upgrades at Henderson Falls Park. Commissioner Carter’s work at Lake Toccoa must also be mentioned, as with his aid, the City of Toccoa’s clubhouse also won an APWA-Georgia Chapter Award for Small Cities/Rural Communities. Most recently, Commissioner Carter helped to secure another LWCF grant for $163,000 to improve recreational opportunities at the Lake. Commissioner Carter has proven to be absolutely crucial to the success, survival, and longevity of the City of Toccoa. His achievements serve to further the success and long-term viability of the public works implemented in the city. The City of Toccoa is honored at the receiving of this prestigious award.
The APWA was chartered in the United States in 1937 to make a difference both on an individual and professional level. With a worldwide membership of over 28,500, APWA serves as an effective voice of public works throughout North America and across the world.

For more information, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street Office at 706.898.5777.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

HPF Grant Awarded

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact: Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 07/10/17

RE: HPF Grant Received

TOCCOA, GA, July 10, 2017- Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that it has received a 2017 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division.

Funds from this grant will be used to complete Phase II of the City of Toccoa’s citywide historic resources survey. Phase I of this survey was completed in 2015 and focused on Downtown Toccoa. Phase II will focus on Toccoa’s Northwest Quadrant, which is bounded by the railroad tracks and the Toccoa Main Street Project District on the south, the Big A Road and Prather Bridge Road on the east, and the Toccoa city limits on the north and west. The City of Toccoa was one of seven cities to be awarded HPF grant funding in the State of Georgia.

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia.  HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.  

For more information about funds received, please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777.