2014 Accomplishments

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We are proud to celebrate our award-winning downtown! 

• Monthly eNews sent to 3000 subscribers twice a month with a >44% open rate
• Downtown Monroe business owner Facebook group grew to 84 members
• 11 monthly merchant coffee gatherings & business trainings were hosted by local businesses and organizations
• 484,000 people reached through Facebook posts in 2014; Facebook page likes increased to 3,867
• Awarded $3,887.50 in façade grants to local businesses, matched by over $65,000 in private investment.
• Introduced the Community Event Grant program which encourages local non-profits to host events downtown; 1st grant was awarded to the Monroe Culture & Heritage Museum for the Movies at the Mill event in July.
• Project Road Share trailhead installed using grant funding and Eagle Scout project.
• Held 1st Paws in the Park fundraiser for dog park in Childer’s Park – raised target amount to begin dog park construction.
• Partnered with the Walton County Chamber of Commerce to further the Walton Proud education campaign and the Antiques Capital of Georgia tourism promotion.
• First installation of SCULPT Monroe – 4 original sculpture art pieces in downtown.
• 2014 Christmas parade was the largest to date honoring local veterans for their service; over 1500 people participated in the parade with thousands in attendance to watch.
• Farmers Market showed continued growth in vendor participation and customer base increase; ranked as 2nd best farmers market in Georgia by the American Farmland Trust.
• Held 2nd “Taste of the Market” event to raise funds for Athens Tech Culinary Students.
• Received an Excellence in Design Award from the Georgia Downtown Association for the pocket park project.
• 1st summer of hosting 12 college interns in Monroe who helped with downtown redevelopment projects and mentoring.
• Introduced BOOST Monroe – a local grant funding program to small businesses; first grants will be awarded in 2015.
• Sparrow Hill Inn opened adding more overnight lodging options in downtown.
• Local Monroe resident, Janice Rowe, was recognized by the Georgia Downtown Association as Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in reuniting the Monroe Girls Corps.
• Sponsorship in 2014 was the highest ever collected with the largest number of participating businesses in downtown history.