The Winder Downtown Development Authority at a meeting Tuesday indicated that it is ready to try and rescue the city’s failing downtown. In addition to rerouting traffic, the group is rethinking city codes that may be discouraging business activity. Chairman Mike Rice announced that G.W. Steed, one of the former members of the DDA, had closed the hardware and appliance portion of Larry’s Easy Pay on Chandler Street. The outdoor power tools and sporting goods departments are remaining open at their current location on North Jackson Street.
During the two-hour DDA meeting, the authority passed motions authorizing Rice to request from the Winder City Council funding for a new position of “downtown development coordinator.”
The coordinator, to be paid about $30,000 under contract, would provide staffing for the all-volunteer DDA, would work with the downtown events contractor, and also be the point person for any inquiries from people interested in opening a business downtown. The DDA has not had a dedicated staff person since 2009, when the Mainstreet program ended.
For the full story, see the Feb. 22 issue of the Barrow Journal.
Not that I know everything, but maybe the DDA members, volunteers, , etc need to find out what the Monroe Downtown Develpoment folks did to help their downtown area thrive. I mean have you been to downtown Monroe lately? they have all lighted areas, trees, shrubs and quaint little shops. In fact, several movies have been filmed in Georgia using the Monroe area and downtown shops and scenery. maybe if the Winder DDA asked the Monroe folks how they did it, maybe we (Winder ) could attract Hollywood our way and boast the local economy and attract more business to downtown!