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The Georgia Cities Foundation

October 20, 2009
On December 7, 2006, the Foundation closed a $250,000 loan to the Rome Downtown Development Authority for the acquisition and renovation of the historic Cherokee Lodge building in downtown Rome. The Lodge, built in 1901, was originally designed for, and used as, a Masonic lodge.

On December 7, 2006, the Foundation closed a $250,000 loan to the Rome Downtown Development Authority for the acquisition and renovation of the historic Cherokee Lodge building in downtown Rome. The Lodge, built in 1901, was originally designed for, and used as, a Masonic lodge.

We are very fortunate to be involved with the Georgia Cities Foundation.  This Foundation has made extraordinary accomplishments to preserve historic buildings in walkable environments.  The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a non-profit subsidiary of the Georgia Municipal Association. The mission of the Foundation is to assist cities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas by serving as a partner and facilitator in funding capital projects through a revolving loan fund.  More information can be found at www.georgiacitiesfoundation.org.

The foundation is focused on smaller capital constrained markets.  Major Foundation project impacts include:

  • 185 new downtown businesses,
  • 927 new jobs in Georgia downtowns,
  • $65 million in additional private investment,
  • 7 cultural facilities, and
  • 136 downtown housing units.

When was the last time you went to a historic Georgia city an hour or so outside of Atlanta? The Georgia Cities Foundation has provided loans totaling $11,690,020 for 65 projects in 36 Georgia cities. Many of these cities have great history and vibrant communities – such as Toccoa, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, Canton, Rome, Valdosta, Macon, etc. A trip to see projects funded by the Georgia Cities Foundation makes a lovely weekend getaway.

Please contact us about sponsorship opportunities.

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