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.


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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.


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GCA Grant Awarded

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 07/10/2017

RE: Main Street Toccoa Awarded 2017 GCA Grant


TOCCOA, GA, July 10, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2017 Partner Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) for the purpose of programming at its Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center.

This grant will be used to fund “Night at the Ritz,” a performing arts series that will showcase 6 artists over 6 months. “Night at the Ritz” will feature a diverse selection of artists and genres and will establish a regular schedule of programming at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Stay tuned to Main Street Toccoa’s official Facebook page and www.ritztheatretoccoa.com for programming announcements. “Night at the Ritz” would not be possible without the assistance of the Georgia Council for the Arts.  
The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding its awarding of the GCA Partner Grant. Please contact Main Street Manager Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

South Arts Grant Awarded

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact: Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 07/03/17

RE: South Arts Grant Received


TOCCOA, GA, July 3, 2017- Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce that it has received a Launchpad grant from South Arts for programming at the Historic Ritz Theatre and more.

Funds from this grant will be used to send Main Street staff to network at the annual Performing Arts Expo (PAE) and to book a 2017 PAE juried showcase artist at the Ritz. Additionally, Main Street Toccoa staff will have the opportunity to work with a mentor in continuing to develop programming at the Ritz. According to the official South Arts website, “The arts are integral to the robust economic, social, cultural and educational vitality of the South. This belief guides the activities of South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization with a mission to advance excellence in the arts, connect the arts to key state and national policies, and nurture a vibrant quality of life. We invite you to join us in building a better South through the arts.”

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


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