City of Athens offers Downtown Façade Improvement Program again

This downtown property: 221 E. Tyler St. and owner, Jon Garrett, received funding from the 2017 Downtown Façade Improvement Program to do major improvements to this property. Improvements included mortar joint repair, tuck pointing, waterproofing, painting, and awning repair. (Courtesy photo)

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For the second consecutive year, the City of Athens is pleased to offer the Downtown Façade Improvement Program to qualifying downtown property owners. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Athens City Council approved the creation of the Downtown Façade Improvement Program. This new and exciting program is designed to help improve aesthetic qualities and preserve historic structures in the Athens downtown area.

“The first year of the program was a huge success,” said Community Services Coordinator Adrianna Hinds. “The City received over 10 applications for requests for improvements ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and, after administrative review, was able to fund 6 of them.” She added, “we look forward to another successful year in 2018 and encourage downtown property owners to take advantage of this funding opportunity.”

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Get your tickets now for the Athens Chamber Gala set for Jan. 19

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN

It’s party time in Athens.

The annual Athens Chamber of Commerce Gala will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at the Athens Country Club. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 8:30 p.m. The theme for this year is “Run for the Roses,” from the Kentucky Derby.

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Home building industry leaders convene at Clayton Athens facility open house

Jeaneane Lilly, AEDC Board President, presents Clayton representatives Rick Boyd, COO and Keith Holdbrooks, President with an incentive check for job creation, fulfilling the terms for year one of a five year performance agreement. Clayton currently employees 185 full time team members at the Athens facility. (Courtesy photo)

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Clayton home building group, a national home builder and Manufactured Housing Institute’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year, hosted an open house in Athens last week to showcase its newest, most innovative facility and discuss topics impacting the home building industry.

The 160,000-plus square foot Clayton Athens home building facility was designed to transform industry standards with a focus on team member experiences, sustainability and innovation.

“As the preeminent company in our industry, we have a responsibility to lead the industry,” said Rick Boyd, Chief Operations Officer for Clayton home building group. “What we wanted to do was create an environment that showed the best way to lead our team members, to treat our customers and to build our homes.”

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AEDC announces call for Business Assistance Grant applications

AEDC’s Business Assistance Grant program encourages exterior improvements to properties located within the designated beautification area, along the western and northern corridors of Athens. Businesses must apply by February 1 to be considered for 2018 funding. (Courtesy photo)

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Athens Economic Development Corporation has awarded nearly $90,000 in matching grant funds to eligible businesses located along the western corridor of Athens, since the Business Assistance Grant program’s inception in 2014.

AEDC Board of Directors approved new additions to the program that will allow properties located on the north corridor to be eligible to apply for the grant. Furthermore, first-time applicants will have an opportunity to receive a higher percentage of matching funds.

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Economist to speak at upcoming chamber luncheon

Dr. Ray Perryman

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Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of the Perryman Group, will be the guest speaker at the Athens Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon in December, sponsored by Athens Economic Development Corporation.

Dr. Perryman has been called a “genius” by The Wall Street Journal, a “world class scholar” by Business Week and “the most quoted man in Texas” by Texas Monthly. Perryman writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column, hosts a daily radio commentary, and appears regularly on National Public Radio.

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