Welcome to Downtown Dalton, the heart and soul of the City of Dalton and Whitfield County, Georgia, nestled in the valley between the Cumberland and Blue Ridge Mountains! Downtown Dalton is Georgia’s fifth largest downtown district, with approximately 3,000 employees and 300 businesses. This historic and picturesque downtown district has been a national Main Street City since 1985 and is managed by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA). An eclectic and impressive array of one-of-a-kind shops and dining choices, attractions from the Civil War era, and the region's leading professional businesses and financial institutions offer the perfect setting to play, learn, work and live.
June 25, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: George Woodward
DDDA BOARD RESPONDS TO CITIZEN INPUT, ENHANCED DEVELOPMENT ROLE
Over the last year the Downtown Dalton Development Authority board has been involved in reviewing survey responses from the community, specifically requesting the creation of a Destination District in Downtown Dalton. An overwhelming number of respondents called on us to enhance our ability to advance our mission to lead and promote the preservation and revitalization of the Downtown Dalton District.
As part of the process it became evident that in order to achieve those aspirations the DDDA would have to be adequately resourced. The board asserted its commitment to ensure the funding necessary to recruit and retain professional staff. As a result the board acted last Wednesday to increase the millage rate by 1.55 mills.
This is the first millage increase since 2005 and the millage rate since 2010 has been .95 mills which has not been sufficient to adequately fund DDDA staff. Given current property values, the DDDA can now move forward developing a 3 year budget plan and have it in place to meet the enhanced development role necessary to drive the new master plan. That plan being facilitated by the Carl Vinson Institute and in collaboration with Believe Greater Dalton will be implemented next year.
Let's be clear. No government or board likes to raise taxes. But a closer look into what this increase means in real dollars important. The current millage rate brings in approximately $ 57,000. per year. With the increase we will realize an additional $ 93,000.
” That increase will put us in position to maintain a professional staff to support DDDA programs. Among those programs are administering facade grants, marketing downtown properties, facilitating special financing programs, coordinating downtown events and most importantly serving our constituency,” said Jane Marie Wilson, Board Chair.
There are many positive signs with respect to downtown already. We are indeed experiencing a renewed energy and excitement in downtown. Burr Park is certainly a major component of that. However, to really address the long term aspects of economic restructuring and ensuring the vibrancy of Downtown Dalton, the DDDA board must make the decisions today that will enable proactive actions and results in the future.