Toccoa Represented at Downtown Development Day

March 19, 2013

Toccoa is among the municipalities represented at the Georgia Downtown Association’s annual Downtown Development Day.

The event took place last Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor is President of the Georgia Downtown Association board this year.

She said that the day included a number of meetings with state leaders.

“It was a day of celebration for downtown development and the importance that it plays in economic development throughout the state,” said Tabor. “We had approximately 35 downtown professionals and board members, as well as local elected officials, that participated in the day.”

Speakers included Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty, Macon-area State Representative Allen Peake, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Homer Bryson, and Georgia Municipal Association Deputy Executive Director Paul Radford.

The Downtown Association also met with Governor Nathan Deal and was recognized on the floor of the State Senate by 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson.

According to Tabor, one of the topics that those in attendance focused on was the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act. That proposed legislation, which remains in a state House committee, would provide tax credits to promote development in downtown areas.

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