Grant & Loan Awards: Terrell County
Equity funds to assist with the renovations of two buildings located in the historic downtown district that will be converted into a 180-seat dinner theater that includes kitchen facilities, dressing rooms, actor's studio and gallery with meeting rooms. The City is partnering with the Better Hometown Task Force, who will oversee day-to-day operations of the theater. The theater has built a strong regional following with its dinner theater productions over the last five years and is seen as a complimentary attraction to Swamp Gravy productions in Miller County. Swamp Gravy's initial budget in 1991 was $2,000; its current budget exceeds $2.1 million. The Main Street Theatre has outgrown its current facility, and a larger theater is expected to promote regional tourism, increase job creation and retention, educational enhancements, add to the tax base and strengthen the overall economy.
Equity funds to assist with the cost of a feasibility study to determine the economic impact of promoting Nature-Based Tourism within the four county area. The JDA's strategy includes marketing the region's hunting plantations and other natural settings in the four county area. The study will be conducted by the Tourism and Regional Assistance Center at Ga. Tech.