Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority

The DDA works to keep downtown vibrant and attractive while helping its existing and new businesses.

The Downtown Development Authority of Hiawassee, GA is composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council and recognized by the State of Georgia as a public corporation with a specified set of powers and a specific purpose and mission to:

• Revitalize and redevelop the commercial corridor of the city, particularly the Hiawassee Enterprise Zone Area.

• Develop a

Blue Ridge Ga businesses damaged by fire, organized by Pam Fink 11/21/2023

Blue Ridge needs our help,

The Blue Ridge Business Association (BRBA) is raising funds to help the businesses impacted by the fire that happened on Saturday, Nov 18, 2023.

BRBA is meeting with individual business owners to assess needs and disburse funds from the 501 (c) 3 associated with the GoFundMe account. And business owners in Downtown Blue Ridge will be raising funds throughout the holiday season to support their neighbors; let's help them with moving forward.

https://bestofblueridge.net/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/blue-ridge-2023-fire/donate?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=widget

Blue Ridge Ga businesses damaged by fire, organized by Pam Fink Several businesses in Downtown Blue Ridge were devastated by a fire that tore throu… Pam Fink needs your support for Blue Ridge Ga businesses damaged by fire

10/11/2023

Okay, admit it. Who wouldn’t want one of these machines? Could have watched it all day but didn’t.
Renovation of the two downtown historic buildings marches on — with a nifty remote control.

Seriously things are progressing, even if the work is not visible from the street. For all you construction geeks here’s the project manager’s summary (translation — it’s all on schedule!)

Building A –
• Interior first floor framing is approx. 75% complete.
• The remaining interior structure demolition is complete
• Remaining interior foundations are scheduled for 10/30/2023

Building B –
• Interior first floor framing has started and will be complete by 10/27

Patios –
• Underground utilities has started
• Backfill of patios has started

Photos from Georgia Downtown Association - est. 1999's post 10/10/2023

It was a great day hosting representatives from other Georgia cities, while getting a chance to show off our own town. Thank you to Trailful Outdoor Co. as well for spontaneously sharing their story of how they chose Hiawassee.

Photos from City Of Hiawassee's post 10/06/2023
The History Channel show ‘Forged in Fire’ comes to the John C. Campbell Folk School! 10/04/2023

Tomorrow, October 4, 9 pm begins a new season of a don’t miss show, Forged in Fire. Why?

The History Channel will feature one of our region’s stars, Elizabeth Belz, who has a worldwide reputation as an artist and metalworker. The date for that show is Wednesday, October 11.

The show was taped at the John C. Campbell Folk School, which is having its major event this weekend as well.

Congratulations to this outstanding woman for her renowned status as an artist!

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09/20/2023

Lindsey Beth Harper is a talented singer/songwriter who will perform at the October 6 First Friday Night Market. Definitely a crowd fav so be sure to put the event on your calendar!

Photos from City Of Hiawassee's post 09/02/2023

One more night market for the season. Next up is another amazing entertainer Lindsay Beth Harper. Come out for the October event. Remember it is the FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET.

08/22/2023

Drum roll please! the DDA Summer FUN-draiser netted $25,792! 😍

This would NOT have been possible without the support of our local businesses. See the full list below 👇

We thank all of these supporters, and hope you will continue your patronage of their shops while sharing your thanks for all they contribute to our hometown. 👏👏


o Noblet’s 5&10
o Goin' Postal Hiawasee
o Ellers Tire & Service
o Tri-County Office Supply
o The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge
o Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
o Lake Chatuge Marine
o Freedom Boat Club of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains
o Crane Creek Vineyards
o Cable’s Gallery
o Young Harris College
o Hiawassee Lakefront Mountain Suite
o Hightower Creek Vineyards
o Marina Station Water Park
o Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
o Enrico's Italian Restaurant
o Visit Lake Chatuge
o Brook Hanna Photography
o Grahl Gallery
o Trailful Outdoor Co.
o Many Moons of Hiawassee
o Jojo's Nail Spa
o Hob Nob Hiawassee
o Britt & Capri Boutique
o Osborn Farms
o Aaron's Tire & Auto Center Inc.
o Grandaddy Mimm's Distilling Co.
o BodySense Spa
o The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen
o Marina Station
o Tilted Cafe
o Hiawassee Brew
o Hiawassee Package
o Swamp Fox Distilling
o Hen's Nest and Grandma's Lap
o Always Christmas
o Nourish Vacation Homes
o Bacchus On The Lake
o Creekside Clay (Etsy shop)
o

08/12/2023

Bringing back the Paris buildings to their heyday is harder than you might imagine. It is a challenge from a lack of old photos to other, more difficult, structural issues. But who said preservation was easy?

However, we have experts guiding the design. Meet Dawn Riley, principal and co-founder of Source Urbanism.

Beginning with her Georgia Tech master’s thesis, Dawn spearheaded research into how small Georgia towns’ proximities, economic assets, and formal characteristics can help them to survive in a harsh economic landscape. This work is now the Georgia Conservancy’s Small Town Sustainability and Rural Resiliency program and was presented at a variety of conferences including APA, GPA, and Main Street America.

Here Dawn shares a small piece of the research they’ve put into the design. If you know someone who has old photos please share this post.

08/06/2023

A Paris Business Center construction update. 👏

KUNGOLEE - We Were Young (Official Audio) 08/05/2023

https://youtu.be/It28vRiagdM
One of the crowd favorites will be on the Hiawassee Square for the September 1 First Friday Night Market.

Don’t miss this wonderful evening of live music, food trucks and artisan crafts.

And in October we close out with the amazingly talented Lindsey Beth Harper.

Seriously, don’t miss these artists.

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Photos from Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority's post 08/02/2023

July 21 ➡️ Aug 1. 👏💪👊

08/01/2023

Stop by TaTa’s, Kona Ice is there celebrating 4years in business.

Photos from City Of Hiawassee's post 07/27/2023

The updates keep flowing as the work keeps going.👊

Photos from City Of Hiawassee's post 07/26/2023

Welcome to Dunkin Donuts 🍩

07/24/2023

Did you know Georgia has more species of fireflies than any other state? And we plan to create public art showcasing fireflies?

Page 20 of the adopted art strategy (see our bio for the link) outlines the concept. And the good news is we have a call out to regional artists and metalworkers to submit their qualifications by Aug. 15.

If you know of someone who should participate please let them know we want to hear from them!

Photos from Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority's post 07/21/2023

Work progresses at the Paris Business Center (PBC) and next door. Interior footers were underway last week as well.

This project will support new and existing businesses in the region once the PBC is open.

The fundraiser last weekend and other efforts by the DDA are supplementing the grants and donations received this far. Still, with cost pressures we have a long way to go. If you’d like to support the effort please consider a tax-deductible donation: https://bit.ly/3NSgV5v

Photos from Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority's post 07/16/2023

What a great show! The Sons Of Sailors had everyone jamming and enjoying a beautiful night at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge.

We loved how everyone’s attire and positive attitudes met the theme of the evening. If you’ve got a favorite photo, post it below in the comments, and tag your friends. 👇

Thank you everyone for coming out and participating in the 50/50 raffle and silent auction!! We are still tallying the totals. Mike Parrish, the winner of the 50/50, has graciously donated his winnings to the DDA. 🥰

The funds raised go to the restoration and renovation of two of Hiawassee’s oldest buildings downtown. 👷‍♀️👷 Construction is underway and we are so excited about the Paris Business Center and restaurant opening in 2024.

We appreciate your support! If you’d like to donate to the cause: https://bit.ly/3NSgV5v

07/14/2023

Exciting news!! The Ridges is going to do a special fireworks show following the benefit tomorrow night. 🎆 Stick around for the show.

It’s not too late to attend, buy your tickets at the door for $20. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and park at the Towns County Recreation Center to take the shuttle.

Photos from Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority's post 07/14/2023

Wonderful food by the Ridges for sale tomorrow night. The process will be to buy tickets at the cashier’s station and then exchange for food or beverage.

During the night there will also be a beverage cart roaming the lawn.

Those who ordered picnic baskets will pick those up inside the downstairs Ridges lobby. Entrance is from the lawn side of the hotel.

Argentina Dove Hunting - Argentina Fishing - Argentina Duck Hunting - Big Game Hunting - Fishing Lodges - Hunting Lodges | Hookfire 07/13/2023

ARGENTINA TRIP DETAILS 👇

Dove hunting at its finest. The Posta del Norte Dove Lodge resides in the biggest dove roost in the world with estimates of more than 40 million dove! Check out the lodge reviews on TripAdvisor (wow!) Read below on what's included:

✈️ Accommodations for 4 people for 4 days, 3 nights at HookFire's Orvis-endorsed Dove Lodge. The Lodge offers 7 double bedrooms with private baths. ($125 night surcharge for private rooms.)
✈️ All meals, all wine, beer, and spirits – full-open bar. Pool, & famous gaucho bar.
✈️ "World-class, gourmet meals" at breakfast and dinner, offering exquisite dishes prepared by our gourmet chefs.
✈️ Between your morning and afternoon hunts, guests will be served in the field a safari-style lunch featuring the finest wines and famed beef Argentina has to offer.
✈️ Each hunter will have his own personal bird assistant. Bring gloves because the guns get very hot! All you have to do is pull the trigger – they handle the rest!!
✈️Complimentary Wifi; Ground Transportation to & from the Cordoba Airport & Dove Lodge.
✈️Trip is valid from 2 years following purchase.

Exclusions and other important things to note:

1. Airfare is not included in the trip.
2. Trips are non-transferrable (to be used at other HookFire lodges or to other guests or organizations).
3. Gun entry permits can be purchased upon entry into Argentina for personal guns. Otherwise gun rental is $85.00 per day at the lodge.
4. Shells must be purchased at the lodge ($19.99/box for local shells) (shells are subject to a slight price increase, based on availability and current market rate) ; $60 per day to personal bird assistant, per hunter.
5. Argentina Dove Hunting trip licenses ($75/day per hunter) must be purchased separately.
6. Any extracurricular activities, such as city tours, shopping trips, horseback riding, are not included in trip price but can be booked and added to trip at an additional rate.
7. Massages at lodge can be booked and purchased at an additional rate.
8. Gratuities not included.
9. Hotel stays and transfers in Buenos Aires or any other city of travel are not included in trip package.

The value of this package is $8,000. HookFire Travel can also help you plan your trip and additional excursions. If you want to find out more visit www.hookfire.com or call Caroline Leatherman at (251) 508-0415.

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07/07/2023

Mayor Ordiales, Steve Harper and Kaydee Branson are today’s superstars for getting the square ready for tonight’s First Friday Night Market!! Notice the sun is out! 😀

Photos from Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority's post 07/06/2023

WOW 😍😍😍. Just look at this list! More than $20,000 in trips, eats, and things to do.
• African Safari for two at Zulu Nyala, all-inclusive lodging, game drives, food
• Dove hunting in Argentina for four at a five-star lodge, Posta del Norte, with personal hunting assistants
• Stays at The Ridges Brasstown Valley Resort, Earth and Sky Dwellings (handicap-friendly), Lakefront Mountain Suite, Nourish Vacation Homes, and a Jensen Beach vacation home
• One Freedom Boat Club Membership – 6 months free, no initiation fee
• Two season passes for Marina Station Waterpark
• Two all-season Sport Passes for Young Harris College
• Two tickets to Jo Dee Messina from Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds (GMF)
• Two three-day passes to Daily & Vincent American Made Music Fest from GMF
• Two Lake Chatuge Chamber of Commerce business memberships
• Paddleboards, an aluminum canoe, a water tube and tow rope, a pickleball paddle and ball
• Photo shoot with Brook Hanna
• Framed print of Lake Chatuge from Grahl Gallery
• Two Falcons game tickets

Gift certificates and/or baskets of goodies from
o Trailful
o Many Moons of Hiawassee
o JoJo’s Nail Salon
o Hob Nob Home Décor & Gifts
o Britt & Capri
o Tri-County Office Supply
o Osborn Steaks
o City of Hiawassee
o Aaron’s Automotive
o Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery
o Lake Chatuge Marina
o BodySense Spa
o The Oaks at Lakeside Kitchen
o Marina Station
o Tilted Bottle, Café & Pie
o Hiawassee Brew
o Hiawassee Package Store
o Swamp Fox Distilling Company
o The Hen’s Nest and Always Christmas

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