Convention bureau wants to beautify Augusta

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The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau is on a mission to help The Garden City live up to its name.

On Thursday, the board of directors approved a plan to allow the organization to work with the private sector to beautify Augusta’s entryways.

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau has requested to form the Garden City Development Fund through the Community Foundation of the CSRA. The fund is designed to assist with beautification improvements, including landscaping. wayfinding signage, public art and visitor product development, according to a release.

“There is an overwhelming swell of support in the private sector to beautify our city,” said president and CEO Barry White in a release. “The creation of the Garden City Development Fund will enable businesses and private citizens to make charitable contributions which will support beautification efforts.”

Board chair Dayton Sherrouse said that it’s important to make a good first impression in order to continue attracting visitors.

“We need to ‘wow’ them at our front door and provide an arrival experience our visitors deserve and expect,” Sherrouse said in a release.

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau will create a beautification plan that will include designing beauty spots at selected gateways, creating corridors with landscaping features and striving to improve the appearance of interstate interchanges. It will also recommend a detailed maintenance plan to ensure quality upkeep, said Jennifer Bowen, the vice president of product development.

The organization plans to seek public funds through grants and programs that are related to gateway beautification.

Bowen complimented the city of North Augusta for its successful beautification efforts and said that Augusta will strive to mirror these aesthetics.

 

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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WideOpenSpaces
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WideOpenSpaces 10/21/10 - 01:49 pm
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Great initiative and the

Great initiative and the timing seems good too with the recent announcement of improvements around the 15th Street corridor. North Augusta's done an amazing job with their city entryways. Look forward to seeing progress on our side of the river!

grinder48
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grinder48 10/21/10 - 01:50 pm
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It would be a huge help just
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It would be a huge help just to pick up the litter and keep the grass cut around Augusta's entryways. And paint the guard rails. I've been told we don't have the budget. That's absurd; we have jails full of people watching television, weight training, eating free meals. Put them out there and clean up ! ! !

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 10/21/10 - 01:57 pm
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"The organization plans to

"The organization plans to seek public funds through grants and programs that are related to gateway beautification."
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And there it is! Another bureaucratic organization requesting taxpayer dollars to perform a function of government that is currently not doing the job their department is funded to perform. Classic.

MysteryWriter
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MysteryWriter 10/21/10 - 03:59 pm
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ruudvonbaron wrote: And there

ruudvonbaron wrote:

And there it is! Another bureaucratic organization requesting taxpayer dollars to perform a function of government that is currently not doing the job their department is funded to perform. Classic.

It may be taxpayer funding but if anyone is going to get MY taxpayer funding, I'd rather it come back to the Augusta area than to be used in another city or state I've never heard of. Good for the CVB recognizing this funding and doing what needs to be done to go after it!

Chillen
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Chillen 10/21/10 - 04:07 pm
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You know what would be a

You know what would be a great program? Offer a city federal money. Say $10 million for a project or for an education grant, whatever.

Give the city residents the option to have the money used for the project or they can have the money as a tax refund (for only folks in that city who actually paid taxes).

Watch folks line up to reject the projects and get their refund.

floridasun
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floridasun 10/21/10 - 04:16 pm
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Thank you CVB for stepping up

Thank you CVB for stepping up to the task to do something about the ugly roadways and entranceways into Augusta. I have never understood why Augusta is called the Garden City
Roadway beautification will not only be enjoyed by visitors but also all of us who live here everyday.My suggestion....please plants trees along the major corridors like Washington Rd and Wrightsboro Rd and work to eliminate the overabundance of signage .

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/21/10 - 04:24 pm
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Well, all of your taxes

Well, all of your taxes didn't come back. Some of them are being used for similar things all over the country. People don't seem to understand that the majority of "grants" are taxes that working citizens have paid. It's not free money that falls out of the sky.

bailmeout2
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bailmeout2 10/21/10 - 05:08 pm
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stop calling are roads

stop calling are roads parkways, more like weedways.

bailmeout2
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bailmeout2 10/21/10 - 05:09 pm
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if you have a convention

if you have a convention here, need more things to do. Tax breaks for downtown development.

trimmy
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trimmy 10/21/10 - 06:25 pm
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Great idea. Plant a lot of
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Great idea. Plant a lot of flowers. When someone is shot and killed there will be plenty of flowers around to throw on the corpse. Just putting lipstick on a pig.

wafflehead
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wafflehead 10/22/10 - 07:56 am
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Exactly trimmy. 31 murders so

Exactly trimmy. 31 murders so far this year, shootings and robberies everyday, terrible schools, high unemployment and high teenage pregnancy rates will look a whole lot better if flowers are planted.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/22/10 - 08:58 am
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I think the Commission should

I think the Commission should hire a consultant, commission a study, spend say, oh about $250,000, no wait.....$500,000. Then have the consultant come back in about 8 or 9 months tell us what to do but give us absolutely no ideas about how to pay for it. Then in the media the very next daythe consultant could say something like, "It doesn't mean a fiddle fart of no one backs the idea".....Wait a minute. The city already did that. Oh well, maybe someone else has a better idea. Anyone?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 10:05 am
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bailmeout2 wrote: if you have

bailmeout2 wrote:

if you have a convention here, need more things to do.

Now there's a "glass half-empty" guy!

Harrisburgsurvivor
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Harrisburgsurvivor 10/22/10 - 11:43 am
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Visitor product development

Visitor product development ??? What is that ? What does Dayton Sherrouse do to earn over a hundred thousand dollars a year?

Harrisburgsurvivor
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Harrisburgsurvivor 10/22/10 - 11:50 am
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That 15st Kroger parking lot

That 15st Kroger parking lot had beautiful bald cypress trees and some ignorant person who had the power, thought that they were "dead" because they were winter dormant, and he had them removed! Why weren't they replaced? Part of our tree ordinance calls for shade trees to be put in parking lots. Again the Harrisburg area gets the short end of the stick. No wonder that area is blighted. The blighting seems to be coming from the top down. Maybe MCG wants to buy that area and agencies are working in tandem to blight it.??

ameliaf
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ameliaf 10/22/10 - 11:58 am
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"Grants" could also be from

"Grants" could also be from charitable foundations, not just government. In fact, I would rather the city decline any federal money and just go for money from non-government foundations. The Garden City Development Fund can accept donations from you, local business, even in-kind donations like shrubs, flowers, and other plants from local nurseries - all tax deductible.

This is a good idea, folks. If it doesn't attract tourists at least the rest of us get to enjoy it!

corgimom
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corgimom 10/22/10 - 08:55 pm
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For their first project,

For their first project, clean up the abandoned buildings' parking lots along Walton Way. They look terrible.

Then do Wrightsboro Rd.

That would be a huge improvement right there.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/22/10 - 08:56 pm
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“We need to ‘wow’ them at our

“We need to ‘wow’ them at our front door and provide an arrival experience our visitors deserve and expect,” Sherrouse said in a release.

I had an arrival experience last June in Augusta.

I literally cried when I saw how awful downtown Augusta looked.

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