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Good News in Warm Springs GA.

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on July 25, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Renovations have begun at the Best Western White House Inn on the crest of the mountain in Warm Springs. The sign in front of the hotel and the roof of the portico have been removed as well as other parts of the building.

 

The hotel was destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and has set deserted and deteriorating ever since. It was recently purchased by Presidential Properties who lost no time in beginning renovations. Mr. Neal Patel, a principal of Presidential Properties, says they would like to reopen the hotel under the Best Western flag by May of 2017. Mr. Patel's brother and wife will be the resident managers.

 

Mr. Patel and his wife, Kathy, own the Best Western Hotel of Braselton, Georgia. They have been in the hotel business for more than 14 years. The Braselton property is an older hotel with doors opening to the parking lot where the property in Warm Springs will have rootms opening to enclosed corridors, as did the original. The Patels say the room configuration will be very much like the White House Inn.

 

Structural engineers have said that the foundation, outer walls and floors are safe. The roof and interior walls, ceilings, carpet, etc., will have to be replaced.

 

Mayor Bob Prater said, "We are very excited to have Presidential Properties and the Best Western in our community. The area has suffered greatly since the 2011 tornado and this is one more step forward. This endeavor fits into the tourism plan written by the visiting team several years ago. This will benefit our whole area, not just the city of Warm Springs."

 

Mayor Prater continued by saying, "It was my pleasure to spend a night in the Patel's property in Brazelton and I was greatly impressed with the operation there and feel the Patel's will give us the same quality, here."

 

The Patel's have some far reaching goals for the property on top of the mountain which they will be sharing with the community in the future.

Blackbird Cafe' Woodbury GA awarded "100 Plates Locals Love"

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on June 14, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

CONTACT: Emily Murray Communications Specialist Georgia Department of Economic Development 404.962.4078 or 404.640.3195 emurray@georgia.org Pimento Cheese Burger at Blackbird Cafe has been named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love” ATLANTA, June 07, 2016— Blackbird Cafe has been awarded the 2016/2017 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division (GDEcD). Georgia Tourism’s second annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats. “Georgia’s cities, towns and backroads are filled with authentic restaurants and culinary specialties that visitors love to experience when they travel,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The list of ‘100 Plates Locals Love’ is our way of providing visitors and locals with suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends.” The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division highlights the state’s culinary greatness in the official guide, Georgia Eats. Following the success of the culinary guide in 2015, the Tourism Division decided to recreate this informative and inspiring guide that entices visitors to sample the state’s world-class cuisine. As a part of the “100 Plates Locals Love” designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats culinary guide, which is distributed via the 12 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org; and on Explore Georgia’s social media channels. Add in a quote from your city and more about the restaurants and culinary offerings. Georgia’s culinary initiative focuses on showcasing the state’s authentic experiences that revolve around food. The state launched a new culinary landing page that features our culinary blogger, the Georgia Flavors videos, flavor tours and more. The second-annual Georgia Restaurant Week will take place July 18-24, 2016 at participating restaurants throughout Georgia. The event will showcase Georgia’s restaurants to consumers and attract new visitors by showcasing the state’s many culinary tourism assets. During this week-long event, patrons, both local and from out of state, will be able to explore the numerous dining options throughout Georgia for a special price and sample locally grown products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants. The dishes were selected from nearly 600 nominations that were submitted on ExploreGeorgia.org in November 2015 and evaluated by a panel of judges, who selected the final list of “100 Plates Locals Love.” About GDEcD The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

HOPE Scholarships Information updates

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week the House of Representatives passed two important educational bills. HB801 would add GPA weight for HOPE Scholarship recipients to take certain science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. This measure is intended to help bridge the skills gap in Georgia. Also passed was HB 801, modeled after Georgia’s Drug Free workplace program, by offering businesses a discount of up to 5% on their worker’s compensation premiums for participating in workbased learning programs. These programs allow students 16 and older to participate in a structured learning environment at an employer’s job site for a portion of the school day while receiving academic credit.



Head Start Meriwether COunty Georgia

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We also welcome Head Start at Child Care Network. The program is part of the federal Head Start program, which promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local agencies. Services are provided to children from one and a half years to 4 years of age, with a mission of bringing a relentless, collective focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families and communities. The program is headquartered in Lagrange at 301 Broome Street, with its Greenville location at 2024 Moreland Street. You are invited to visit them on February 19th from noon until 4:00 p.m. for a Family First Expo with educational activities, face painting and free food. Please RSVP to lwatts@shineearly.com You can find out more about the program by contacting Leona Watts, Family Services Coordinator at 706-817-8403. You can also visit their web site at http://www.cniheadstart.com



Greenville Historical Society Mobil App

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Greenville Historical Society and the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism launch new mobile app!! Congratulations to the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. The project has been led by Jack Couch and Sallie Mabon, but it could not have happened without all the work done by the Meriwether Historical Society. Tourists will be able to find a link on the tourism web site soon, but you can go your app store and search for Greenville Ga Driving Tour and download directly. We are currently working on a rack card which will be used to further promote the app and the tour. Not only does it feature many historical sites in Greenville, it also includes audio descriptions of each of the featured locales.



Capital Day In Atlanta for Meriwether County

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Meriwether County had a great representation at a recent Capitol Day in Atlanta. The visit included this photo op with the Governor; presentations from Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and opportunities to meet with local congressional delegation. We had four of five members of the Board of Commissioners, four of our city Mayors and members of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce.



Career Day in Meriwether County Georgia

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Unity Elementary is preparing for its School’s Career Day on April 29th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The goal is to expose the children to as many lines of work as possible and this can only be done with a diversity of speakers. Speakers will be asked to provide a 15-20 minute presentation/ explanation about their job and will speak to four classes. Props and/or uniforms are a great way to illustrate what it is that you do! As educators, it is important that children be aware of many careers....we will not always grow up to be a doctor, actor, or lawyer. Some of you work as ministers, school system personnel, construction workers, waiters or waitresses, retail salespeople, plant operators and convenience store clerks. We want the children exposed to all of these careers! If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please call Erika White at 770-927-6488 or email at erika.white@mcssga.org.

Tax Credit Information for New Employers

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on February 16, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

New for employers: Beginning this year, employers have an opportunity to sign up for a tax credit to promote employer participation and sponsorship of activities that increase educational attainment and the acquisition of a GED credential. Participating employers can earn $400 or $1,200 per qualifying employee in one of the two tax credit categories. To learn more about this -program, contact Kim Learnard, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at kim.learnard@westgatech.edu or call 706-678-0515



USDA, Meriwether County and City Local Representatives heard official announcement of parking lot grant.

Posted by Lisa Thompson City Clerk on November 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

On Friday,November 6, 2015, the sun shone brightly at the site of the new public parking lot in Warm Springs as Mr. Quinton Robinson, State Director for US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program, made the official announcement that the City of Warm Springs had been awarded a $71,000 grant for the parking lot.

In accepting the grant, Mayor Robert Prater said, "Several years ago, Mayor Sheila Conley and the Warm Springs City Council purchased this land with the idea of a downtown parking lot. They took a lot of criticism for the purchase, but today we are seeing the wisdom of that decision as the Bulloch House completes the renovations of the old Victoria Tea Room to relocate, temporarily in downtown Warm Springs."

Mayor Prater continued by saying, "With the assistance of the Meriwether County Public Works Department, and donations, the parking lot should be ready to use by the time the Bulloch House opens. We will use the USDA money for engineering, paving, stripping and landscaping.

Pictured at the event are (left to right): Carolyn McKinley, President of the Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce;Meriwether County Commissioner Rosla Plant; Warm Springs City Council Member Margaret Long; City Council Member Gerrie Thompson; Chip McGaughey, representing the city's engineering firm, EMI; City Council Member Sabra McCullar; Meriwether County Commission Chair Beth Hadley; Evette Jones, Regional Director, USDA Rural Development; State Representative Debbie Buckner; Mayor Robert Prater; Meriwether County Commissioner Shirley Hines; Sandy Lampert, President of the Warm Springs Downtown Development Authority; Kevin Wiley, Regional Manager for Georgia Power; Collin Martin, Representative of US Representative Lynn Westmoreland; Mr. Quinton Robins




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