Cave Spring and Cedartown are among the 13 communities that will share more than $75,000 in tourism product development funds through an Explore Georgia grant.
Joyce Perdue-Smith, chairman of the Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corp., said the historic African-American school in Cave Spring received $8,000 to help enhance access to the restored school grounds off Padlock Mountain Road.
The funds will be used to a build an ADA-compliant ramp, sidewalks and porches.
Perdue-Smith said the organization decided to apply for the grant after being included in an Economic Development Assessment of the Cave Spring area performed by state officials for the city a year ago.
Edward Guzman, assistant city manager in Cedartown, said his city received $7,000 to purchase a mobile stage and lighting.
“The portable stage will allow us to enhance our outdoor festivals and concerts,” Guzman said. “If we are still dealing with this virus into 2021, then the portable stage will also allow the performing arts center to hold outdoor events where we can space out people better.”
The portable stage and lighting equipment will also be used by the Cedartown Performing Arts Center for their shows/concerts.
The tourism division of the state’s Department of Economic Development announced the awards last week.The program helps communities boost their appeal as a tourist destination and leverage that as a driver of economic impact.
“While Georgia’s tourism industry has felt the painful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing funding for these 13 projects the tourism product development grants will support the safe recovery of the industry throughout the entire state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.
Other recipients of the 2021 Tourism Product Development Community Funding Program are:
6th Cavalry Museum African American WAC Mural – Fort Oglethorpe
African American Cultural Center – Brunswick
Banner & Cemetery – Randolph County
Centennial Trail & City Park – Twin City
Chickamauga Canoe Launch Park – Catoosa County
River Water Trail – Meriwether County
Historic District & Trail Signage – Dallas
Madison Morgan Conservancy’s Madison Morgan Meander Bike Tour – Madison
Mulberry Riverwalk Signage – Braselton
Wayfinding – Hawkinsville
Wayfinding – Griffin
This year, Explore Georgia worked to provide more grants to more communities to assist in the tourism industry’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.