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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