Check out all the great media coverage and other news and happenings downtown by reading the July 2014 Monthly Recap.
- WBHF Radio Interview on July 2
- Article in July 6 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Farmer’s Market
- Article in July 7 Hometown Headlines regarding National Main Street Program designation
- Article in July 9 issue of The Daily Tribune News about the People’s Choice Voting (several downtown businesses mentioned/interviewed)
- Article in July 9 issue of the Rome News Tribune about Cartersville Main Street National Accreditation
- Article in July 9 issue of The Daily Tribune News about Cartersville Main Street National Accreditation
- Article in July 15 issue of The Bartow Trader about the Tomato Festival
- Article in July 19 Daily Tribune News about the Tomato Festival
- Radio interview on WBHF regarding the Tomato Festival
- Article in July 22 issue of Bartow Trader regarding First Friday
- Article and several photos in July 23 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding the Farmer’s Market
- Article in July 23 Daily Tribune News about the First Friday event
- Article on July 24 Hometown Headline regarding free Wi-Fi downtown
- Mention in July 25 Today’s Fax about the free Wi-Fi downtown
- Radio interview on WBHF regarding the Wi-Fi downtown
- Extensive coverage of various events and downtown work plan items in July 27 ‘Arts & Entertainment’ section of The Daily Tribune News
- Mention in July 29 Hometown Headline regarding First Friday event
- Article in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding First Friday event
- Article in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor regarding free downtown Wi-Fi
- Several photos with captions in July 30 issue of Bartow Neighbor from the Farmer’s Market Tomato Festival
After receiving feedback from DDA board, downtown stakeholders, City elected officials, City Department Heads and survey responders, City Planner Richard Osborne has completed a Downtown Parking Management Report. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact the DDA. The board will be reviewing the document and making recommendations about parking based on feedback which has been received. In the meantime, it is still requested that all able-bodied business owners and their employees park away from their storefront as much as possible.
The August 1 First Friday event, “Summer of Love” has been postponed to Friday, August 15. City Council did approve the August 1 First Friday event as being a Community Festival, which would allow for the sale of beer and wine at the event. DDA Manager Tara Currier will be requesting that the August 15 be a Community Festival at the August 7 City Council Meeting.
The promotions committee did not formally meet, though various members communicated with each other regarding the August First Friday, and plans for the upcoming Bluegrass & Folk Festival.
The design/outreach committee met on July 10 and was attended by Earline Burke, DDA/Design Chair; Jim Haigler, Haigler Architecture Systems; Trey Gaines; Bartow History Museum; Linda Evans, Booth Museum/Master Gardner; Lisa Stone; and Tara Currier and Catherine Woods, DDA. Three grants were reviewed; an update of the Downtown Design Plan was given; and a recap of the Art Committee efforts was shared. Much conversation centered around the idea of having a competition between downtown business owners to plant flowers in small pots near their storefronts. Linda Evans will take the lead on this, and arrange meetings with the City and County Extension Agent on other ways to get more plants put in downtown.
With the recent approval of the amended Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) budget, downtown Wi-Fi was one of the first projects DDA board wanted to see implemented, based on feedback from downtown business and property owners, as well as survey responders and key stakeholders during our Downtown Master Plan process. The Wi-Fi accessibility is mostly available from Church Street to Main Street, and Public Square to Wall Street. You may be able to see it and join the network, which is titled ‘Free City Wifi’ from other areas. It is on the 2016-2017 B.I.D. Budget to install more antennas in other areas of downtown to offer broader accessibility.
The July Monthly Mixer was held at The City Loft on July 23. Those in attendance included: Dan Kramer, It’s About Time Boutique; Nancy Jackson, Jax Supply/DDA Board; Jill Mitchell, Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse/DDA Board; Pat Taff, Bartow History Museum; Robert Adams, Cartersville Antique Gallery; Bob Smith and Julie Putz, The City Cellar; L.B. Berry, Mellow Mushroom; Nancy Childs and Deborah Ballew, Meg Pie; Kathy Bibbings, Cartersville Florist; Earline Burke, GMI/DDA Board; Jim Ballew, The Olive Branch/DDA Board; and Catherine Woods and Tara Currier – DDA. Information about upcoming events and activities were shared. The next Mixer will be Wednesday, August 13, from 5:30-7:00 PM at The City Cellar.
AUGUST DOWNTOWN CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
**Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 5-8 PM; Saturday from 7AM-Noon in Founder’s Oak Parking Lot**
August 5 – Design Committee Meeting at 2 PM at Bartow History Museum
August 7 – Promotions Committee Meeting at Train Depot at 8:30 AM
August 13 – Monthly Mixer at The City Cellar from 5:30-7:00 PM (drop in as able)
August 14 – DDA/Main Street Board Meeting at 8:30 AM at train depot
August 15 – “Summer of Love” festivities in Friendship Plaza from 5-9 PM
Keep informed on all things happening downtown by visiting the website at www.downtowncartersville.org.
Downtown Cartersville is located just a few miles north of the new LakePoint Sport & Town Center in Emerson, GA. Conveniently located off I-75, it’s a short 45 minute drive to downtown Atlanta, and 50 minute drive to downtown Chattanooga. Come see us in downtown Cartersville to shop, dine and play!