Greensboro Staff Receives Scholarship to Attend for Southeastern Festival and Events Association Conference
Kendrick Harris, Greensboro Better Hometown Program event coordinator, was recently awarded a scholarship to the Southeast Festival and Events Conference. The conference will take place February 18-20 in Auburn, Alabama. Harris manages downtown Greensboro's events, including the annual heritage arts festival, Southland Jubilee.
The Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) was created to serve the needs of the festivals and events industry in the Southeast United States. Created in 2009, SFEA morphed from a small state group to a regional association with hundreds of members. Their mission is to strengthen, educate and unify the festivals and events industry throughout the Southeast.
Each year, only five communities are selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing following a competitive application process. During the three-year program, each community housing team receives facilitation, instruction, and technical assistance as they design and implement a housing program to improve both the quality of life of its citizens and the communities’ economic conditions.
Program would provide technical assistance to the city in addressing neighborhood concerns
(Greensboro, GA – September 7, 2012) Greensboro City Council voted in its regular session on September 4 to support an application to the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program. If accepted into the program, the city would benefit from technical assistance provided by a variety of state agencies.
GICH is a partnership of the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association. The Initiative offers communities in Georgia a three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance in addressing their housing and neighborhood revitalization needs.
Acceptance into the program is competitive; only five cities are selected each year. Across the state, more than twenty communities have completed the program. These towns have benefited from strengthened city ordinances, beatification programs, and infrastructure improvement grants.
“We are hopeful the GICH program can provide Greensboro with the guidance needed to address the challenges identified within our neighborhoods,” explains Better Hometown director, Cail Hammons. “Many areas of the city struggle with aged or failing infrastructure. Others are far from atheistically pleasing. These issues hurt our town as a whole and ultimately hinder the growth and development of our business community.”
Community involvement is a critical part of the GICH program. The city is seeking volunteers who are interested in working to address neighborhood challenges within the city. Greensboro residents who are interested in being part of the city’s GICH Team may contact Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Development professionals learn about Festival Hall
Representatives from the City of Greensboro were invited to share the success of Festival Hall at the Georgia Downtown Conference in Lagrange with a presentation titled “Greensboro’s Festival Hall: Bringing a Main Stage to Main Street”.
The Georgia Downtown Conference is the annual training and networking conference for Downtown Professionals from across the state. The conference hosts more than three hundred participants and representatives from state and local government in Georgia.
“We were thrilled to be invited to present at this year’s Downtown Conference,” says Greensboro’s Better Hometown Director, Cail Hammons. “I have learned a great deal about downtown development by hearing lessons learned from other communities. It was an honor to be able to talk about the success of Festival Hall with other leaders from across the state and hopefully help other communities as they deal with similar issues in their towns.”
A panel discussion about the hall was lead by Hammons along with Festival Hall House Manager, Gene Yaws and Better Hometown Event Coordinator Kendrick Harris.
Greensboro’s presentation focused on the planning efforts that took place over the years for Festival Hall, forming partnerships, fundraising, and the day-to-day operations of the hall.
“We heard so many positive comments about what Greensboro has accomplished with Festival Hall,” says Harris. “People are especially impressed that a smaller city like Greensboro is able to bring about a project like Festival Hall.”
Festival Hall is a performing arts facility and event venue located in the heart of downtown Greensboro. The hall is owned by Greensboro’s Downtown Development Authority was rededicated to the arts in 2010 after a $2.5 million renovation project. The renovation of Festival Hall pulled together groups from across the community including Reynolds Plantation, the Oconee Performing Arts Society, the Greene County Board of Commissioners, the City of Greensboro, and the One Georgia Authority. In addition, more than $500,000 in private donations was raised from the community.
Today, Festival Hall provides a home for area arts organizations, enhances the quality of life for area residents, and serves as a vital tool towards Greensboro’s downtown revitalization efforts through support of the surrounding business community. The hall is available for rent as a venue space for private events including weddings and business meetings.
For more information about Festival Hall, contact Gene Yaws at (706) 453-0905 or visit www.festivalhallgreensboro.com
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