Contact: Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777
RE: Rural Business Development Grant Awarded
TOCCOA, GA, June 19, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is happy to officially announce that it has been awarded a Rural Business Development Grant in the amount of $50,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for infrastructure upgrades at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Funding for this project will be used to complete balcony upgrades, plaza upgrades, and dressing room upgrades.
Upon receipt of the grant, Community Development Director Connie Tabor said, “The City of Toccoa has made it a 2017 goal to complete infrastructure improvements at the Ritz. This additional seating and renovation work will continue to promote the Ritz Theatre as the economic anchor for Downtown Toccoa.”
In 2016, the Ritz Theatre held 123 shows with 19,444 in attendance. This doubles 2015 show numbers and triples 2015 attendance numbers. Continued renovation work at the Ritz Theatre has contributed to the quality of life and economic vitality of Historic Downtown Toccoa. Upon completion of these infrastructure upgrades, patrons of the Ritz Theatre will be able to use the renovated balcony to view performances. It is expected that approximately 90 seats will be added to the capacity of the Ritz Theatre, which is currently able to hold 362 individuals.
For more information regarding the receipt of the RBDG grant, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street office at 706.898.5777