Freeport Tax Exemptions relieve 95 percent of tax rate on qualifying inventory

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director

After a year and a half of perseverance, AEDC has leveraged community buy-in from Athens’ three highest taxing entities to grant the Freeport Tax Exemption.

On May 1, the Henderson County Commissioner’s Court voted to rescind the court’s 1989 resolution to deny exemption of Freeport goods to businesses in Henderson County, after approving revenue protection agreements with 12 qualifying companies in Henderson County.

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AEDC announces second 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 May 4 to be considered for 2018 funding.

By Sherri Skeeters/AEDC Business Development and Marketing Director

Athens Economic Development Corporation is announcing a second call for Business Assistance Grant applications due to grant funding that remains available following approval of the first round of eligible projects.

AEDC has awarded nearly $90,000 in matching grant funds to businesses located along the western corridor of Athens, since the Business Assistance Grant program’s inception in 2014. AEDC Board of Directors has approved new additions to this year’s program. Furthermore, first-time applicants will have an opportunity to receive a higher percentage of matching funds.

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CCL Area Chamber of Commerce schedules awards banquet

Press release

The 2018 Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is slated for March 19 at Cedar Creek Country Club.

The winners of all the awards are chosen from nominations submitted by their peers and are representative of the spirit of volunteerism in our community and in the chamber family. According to Jo Ann Hanstrom, CCLACC President, nominees for the Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award and the 2017 Citizen of the Year award aren’t limited to chamber members or to chamber volunteerism. The public is invited to submit nominations for deserving individuals or couples. For those wishing to submit a nomination, you may obtain a form by calling the chamber office at 903-887-3152 or by emailing info@CedarCreekLakeChamber.com. You may also pick up a form at 604 S. Third St. Ste. E Mabank.

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Athens Chamber to host business speed dating at luncheon

The Athens Chamber of Commerce has your Valentine’s date.

With this month’s chamber luncheon falling on Feb. 14, organizers are putting something a little different together: a business speed dating session.

Chamber President Marisa Gunstanson said a bell will ring every 3-5 minutes to allow everyone to get up and meet new people. The goal is to meet five new business contacts.

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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)

Press release

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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