DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Dahlonega City Councilwoman Helen Hardman was asked a tough question during Thursday’s Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Board meeting regarding council’s vote that allowed Roberta-Green Garrett to move forward with demolition of the Parks and Butler buildings to make room for a new hotel.
The 4-2 vote did not sit well with many long time Dahlonega residents and Hardman was asked if she felt the board had caved to pressure from Green-Garrett and her attorney Joey Homans.
Hardman expressed confidence the decision was the right one.
“I didn’t cave,” she said. “I know how much we need hotel rooms. Our visitor expenditure shows we are 10th out of 17 counties in our region. We’ve got a lot of work we need to do. We need help and that is going to help. That is going to increase business. Just having people stay in the hotel and visit the retail shops. We also will get increased corporate business which we need. “We think it’s something we need badly.”
Hardman said it was hard to sit and listen to the criticism council was getting. “But that’s the way it is, I guess. That’s the way politics are. The four of us who voted for it felt we needed to get that behind us so we came up with some strong stipulations that we’re going to make her do a certain way.”
Downtown Development Authority members approved the April financial report and the first reading of the first reading of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget.
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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – After years of planning, conducting focus groups, surveys, stakeholder interviews and town hall meetings to gather public input, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce will unveil the results of its Project Vision Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building, 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega.
The purpose of the project was to develop a clear vision for the economic success of the community, the development and prioritization of goals and a plan for implementing, monitoring and assessing the results.
When Dahlonega and Lumpkin County residents were asked what would make the community a better place to live, work, play and learn, more than 600 responses were received and they were woven into an Economic Development Vision and Implementation Plan.
The final vision is the result of that input as well as the engagement of government leaders, the Chamber of Commerce, Lumpkin County Development Authority, Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and the University of North Georgia.
Carl Vincent Institute of Government at the University of Georgia was contracted to work with the Steering Committee to ensure the plan included action steps and funding options to achieve the community vision.
Come see what the future looks like Wednesday at 6 p.m.