AEDC awards job creation incentive to Clayton Athens

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director

Athens Economic Development Corporation officials presented Clayton Athens with an $80,000 incentive check for year two job creation on Thursday.

Clayton’s operations began in Athens in October 2016, after purchasing an existing facility on Highway 31 West. The 168,000-plus square foot, first-of-its-kind facility is one of the largest of Clayton’s 40 home building facilities in the United States.

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Athens Farmer’s market to host evening Holiday Market at the Texan Saturday

The market will be open December 15 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Texan, both before and after the annual Christmas Parade.

Press release

The Athens Farmer’s Market is hosting an evening Holiday Market at the Texan venue in Athens on Saturday, December 15, from 5-9 pm. The City of Athens Christmas Parade will start at 5:30 pm.  This Christmas shopping event has been overwhelmingly received by local artisans and small local businesses, with over 75 vendors expressing a desire to present their offerings. Many of your favorite market vendors will be there with their seasonal foods and products including locally sourced meats (Red Wattle Pork and Beef), jams & jellies, goat milk soaps, local honey, baked goods, jewelry, leatherwork, personalized gift baskets and so much more!

Door-prizes for shoppers will be awarded every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Alongside the 75+ vendors, there will be at least 5 food vendors, including Mow’s BBQ (a long time market favorite), Dough Balls Pizza, Fizzy Swig, Hot Diggity Dog, and Tilo’s locally famous street tacos! There will also be live music featuring 4 local musicians, Shane Rendon, Tyler Matthews, and — with Drake Grammer. We haven’t forgotten about the kids! There will be free cookie decorating every 30 minutes with Matthew of Lakeland House to sign up for (limited quantities). Bring your camera or phone and take your own pictures with Santa sponsored by Reigning Jewels and Athens Army Navy & Pawn.  Coupled with our wonderful community and lots of love for all things local, we will make this inaugural event one you don’t want to miss!

The Texan will be filled wall to wall with wonderful holiday inspired shopping with many more vendors outside to shop from as well. We would like to also thank Athens Screen Printing for providing shopping bags for our first 100+ customers; come early and get yours! Big thanks to Come and Take It for their sponsorship in shedding some light on our situation with their sponsorship of lighting for our event! Lastly, thank you to Paul Benson with Virtual Communications for his continued support, sponsorship, and for our beautiful holiday banners!

The market will be open December 15 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Texan, both before and after the annual Christmas Parade.  With over 75 vendors, this is not a shopping event you will want to miss!

AEDC announces call for Community Development Grant applications

The Community Development Grant program has helped fund projects such as the Coleman Park initiative to upgrade the baseball fields to a tournament facility. Eligible projects must create an economic impact on the city of Athens. The deadline to apply for 2019 funding is January 4.

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director

Athens Economic Development Corporation has announced its call for Community Development Grant applications.

The Community Development Grant program is designed to provide grants for eligible projects which promote sports, cultural, entertainment and community projects that attract tourism and contribute to the quality of life, business development and growth of Athens sales tax revenue. All projects must be located in the city of Athens, in addition to creating an economic impact on the city.

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Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry brings back diamonds from Antwerp

Press release

Traci and Jackie Wilkes of Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry in Athens recently returned from a buying trip to the Diamond Capital of the World, Antwerp, Belgium. While there, they had the unique opportunity to examine huge parcels of exquisitely cut diamonds to find the very best selections for their inventory.

Pictured above, Traci Wilkes checks a diamond for sale to one of their customers. “We hand-select each and every diamond that comes into our store,” Wilkes says. “Some people think one can look at a piece of paper on the internet and select a stone, but there’s no way to tell if that stone has fire, has life – I need it to say something to me. If I’m going to put my name and my reputation behind a diamond, I’m going to be certain it’s the quality for which Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry is known.”

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AEDC announces call for Business Assistance Grant applications

AEDC’s Business Assistance Grant program encourages exterior improvements to distressed properties located within the designated beautification area, along the western, northern and southern main corridors of Athens. Businesses must apply by November 30 to be considered for 2019 funding.

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Marketing Director

ATHENS — Athens Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has awarded more than $130,000 in matching grant funds to eligible businesses located along Athens’ main thoroughfares, since the Business Assistance Grant program’s inception in 2014. To date, eligible businesses have invested $910,745 in capital improvements.

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