Valdosta is First Stop on Heart & Soul of Georgia Tour

| May 14, 2014

Valdosta Downtown-AerialVALDOSTA, GA – Valdosta is the first stop of the 2014 Georgia Cities Foundation “Heart & Soul of Georgia” Bus Tour, which will be traveling to three cities in Southwest Georgia, May 14-15. The purpose of the tour, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation, is to educate and inform local government leaders and downtown developers on the importance of successful downtown development and its role in supporting economic development efforts for regions and communities. This is the third time Valdosta has been a stop on the bus tour, since the foundation began the tours in 2001.

The two-day tour will bring approximately 50 state and community-building professionals downtown on May 14 to showcase the best practices in downtown development. Valdosta city officials and Main Street staff will take the visitors on a downtown walking tour which will highlight three downtown development projects: the Ashley House redevelopment project, the CJB/Cotton Corner Building, and the restaurants, living quarters and special occasion rentals at 306–310 North Patterson Street.

“We are proud that downtown Valdosta is once again showcased as an excellent example of successful public-private partnerships,” said City Manager Larry Hanson. “Our downtown validates the principle that progress and preservation can take place simultaneously through proper planning, economic sustainability and revitalization programs, culture and community emphasis, and with a focus on preserving the best of our community for future generations.”

Each year, the Georgia Cities Foundation selects cities to participate based on their efforts to create vibrant and strong communities. In support of their mission to assist cities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas, the foundation serves as a partner and facilitator in funding capital projects through a revolving loan fund which has provided nearly $25 million to support downtown projects valued at more than $100 million. The 2014 bus tour will also feature the downtown programs in the cities of Moultrie and Thomasville.

“It is an honor to host the Heart & Soul Bus Tour in Valdosta,” said Howard Dasher, Chairman of the Central Valdosta Development Authority.” We are proud to welcome this influential group of people to our community and for the opportunity to highlight some of the key projects and success stories of our downtown.”

Source: City of Valdosta

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