Volunteers with a Purpose
Promotion Committee – celebrates the downtown through marketing, events and image; markets a unified, quality image of the downtown business district as the center of activities, goods, and services in the community; markets to retailers, shoppers, investors, and visitors. Projects include:
- Identify the special character of the downtown
- Develop a logo and “image”
- Publish an events calendar
- Create a business directory
- Develop a world class web site
- Organize advertising opportunities
- Install banners in downtown
- Co-sponsor historic tours
Downtown Blairsville is a great place to host special events like the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, Hometown Halloween on the Square, and Christmas on the Square. Special events don’t just happen. It takes planning, cooperation, and leg work. If you have a love for this small town in the mountains, then join us in shaping the future of Downtown Blairsville.
The Promotion Committee welcomes new members. We celebrate the revitalization of downtown though marketing, events, and hometown atmosphere. Our goal is to enhance the image of downtown Blairsville and help it become the center of activities in the community with appropriate goods and services available.
Design Committee – creates an attractive, pedestrian-friendly downtown by capitalizing on the unique assets and heritage of the community; promotes improvements that are compatible with the community’s historic and cultural heritage. Project include:
- Conduct a survey of downtown buildings and parking
- Identify assets and detractors in the downtown
- Develop design guidelines publication
- Provide information on design services
- Provide information on facade grant program
- Identify priorities for public improvements
- Promote storefront improvement and building renovation projects
- Assist owners with National or State Register nominations
The Design Committee is involved in creating a master plan for Downtown Blairsville. Its goal is to revitalize the designated area by creating an atmosphere that is inviting to everyone.
The Design Committee has worked on cleaning up the Downtown through various projects including the Great American Clean-up. Some projects are as simple as placing plants in front of a building. Larger projects include a new streetscape, adding awnings, and new seating. There are a number of building owners that are now seeking input on what they can do make their buildings more appealing.
Renovation can be costly. The DDA offers assistance in obtaining low interest loans and finding matching grants. Many owners will renovate in phases so as not to stretch the purse strings too much.
Organization Committee – builds consensus for the downtown revitalization program, provides an appropriate organizational framework, manages the overall program, and raises funds. Projects include:
- Develop a mission statement
- Publish a newsletter
- Develop printed informational pieces about the Better Hometown Program
- Hold educational events about the program
- Secure funding sources for local program
Economic Restructuring Committee – develops a market strategy that results in an improved retail mix, a stronger tax base, increased investor confidence, and more stable economy in the downtown; recruits and retains businesses. Projects include:
- Inventory businesses in the downtown
- Inventory buildings in the downtown
- Survey downtown customer base and trends
- Develop a color-coded map showing building usage in the downtown
- Develop a business recruitment packet
- Identify potential business prospects
- Identify sources for business and real estate development
- Locate building rehabilitation financing
- Educate realtors and others about the revitalization program