2013 Accomplishments

By monroedowntown

What a year of progress in Downtown Monroe!  Here is a recap of some of our prouder moments:

• Grant award of $10,250 for Project Road Share trail head & update of the Historic Wellness Walk
• Increase email database from 1300 subscribers to 2611 subscribers with a 40% open rate
• Increase Downtown Monroe business owner connectivity and communication by growing our email list from 83 to 175 members and creating a Facebook group for our Downtown businesses, currently 63 members and growing
• Began monthly merchant coffee hosted by local businesses and organizations throughout downtown, around 35 attendees each month
• 2,058,210 people reached in 2013 through our Facebook page
• Facebook page likes increased to 2,980 (as of 4/2/14)
• Awarded $4,500 in façade grants in our first year, which was matched by $64,000 in private investment.
• Received a Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund (DDRLF) for the Sparrow Hill Inn development.
• Applied for and received a Georgia Cities Foundation State Small Business Credit Initiative for local investors.
• Partnered with the Walton County Chamber of Commerce to launch the Walton Proud education campaign to encourage economic development in our county.
• 2013 Christmas parade was the largest to date featuring the Monroe Girls Corp and created news exposure on two different Atlanta news stations prior to the event.
• Farmers Market showed continued growth in vendor participation and customer base increase; ranked nationally as America’s 19th best farmers market by the American Farmland Trust.
• Held “Taste of the Market” event, raised $500 for Athens Tech Culinary Students.
• 1 of 9 communities selected by the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to host the Inspired Georgia State Art Exhibit.
• Awarded a $2,000 grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts to host gloATL performance arts group for a 3-day residency in conjunction with the state art exhibit.
• Finished the pocket park project under budget with the help of local volunteers and the Walton County Juvenile Court System
• Updated the downtown website with a business resources page with incentives for local businesses to locate in downtown; includes downtown financing details, how to claim the opportunity zone tax credit, downtown dollars program, and façade grant application.