Monday, September 24, 2018

Joe Gransden to Perform at Night at the Ritz

Press Release

Release: Immediate
Contact: Danita Gaudette, 706.244.0039
Date: September 24, 2018
RE: Joe Gransden Brings Big Band to the Historic Ritz Theatre

Toccoa, GA – September 24, 2018 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to present Joe Gransden as part of its Night at the Ritz series on Thursday, October 4 th at 7pm. Performing in conjunction with CurraheeMilitary Weekend, Gransden and his Big Band-style of music will showcase Songs of Sinatra and Friends.

According to the January 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine, Gransden, a trumpet virtuoso, vocalist, and
band leader, regularly tours the country and performs at Atlanta and New York City clubs. Based in
Atlanta, he also runs a jazz camp for young musicians, gives private lessons, and collaborates with
musicians as diverse as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Kenny G. As evidence of his rising star,
Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood reportedly enthused, “Joe is a young man with an old soul and a
classic voice. He is a great new talent with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don’t forget, he
plays a hell of a trumpet!”

Night at the Ritz, a regular event series at the Historic Ritz Theatre, is funded, in part, by a generous
grant received from the Georgia Council for the Arts. Tickets for all shows may be purchased online, atthe Toccoa Welcome Center, or at the theatre box office before showtime. Adult tickets are $10, and
children under 12 are $5.

For more information on Joe Gransden’s performance or Night at the Ritz, please contact Ritz Theatre General Manager Danita Gaudette at or via phone at 706.244.0039.


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.