Congratulations to DDA Interns Sam'yah Harris & Marlene Torres for receiving a grant from Central Georgia EMC to fund two nine-slot bike racks in the DDA's Thomas W. Gordon Memorial Venue!
New Bike Racks Headed to Monticello!
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a little closer to achieving its goal of making the central business district more accessible to bicycle traffic and pedestrians thanks to its summer interns Sam’yah Harris (rising twelfth grader at JCHS) and Marlene Torres (rising eleventh grader at JCHS). The DDA received a check this week from Central Georgia EMC in the amount of $754.00. The funds will be used to purchase two nine-slot bike racks to be installed in the Thomas W. Gordon Memorial Venue located at the corner of W. Washington and Forsyth Streets. The DDA believes that Installing additional bike racks near the Square will encourage more people to ride their bikes to the Square to participate in local events such as Downtown Live music and the Market on the Square. It also believes that it will encourage a more active and healthy lifestyle amongst the city’s residents. Harris and Torres wrote and submitted the grant proposal as part of their five-week internship with the DDA funded by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission’s WorkForce Development Program.
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Meet the Directors
The Downtown Development Authority is made up of a Board of Directors and an Executive Director. The Board of Directors has seven members and are appointed by the City Council. Al Board members must own a business in the central business district and six of the seven must reside in Jasper County. Click on the tab below to learn more about our directors!
Art Alley Direction Mural
Designed & Painted by Local Artist, Tamara Hasse
This project made possible by a Vibrant Communities grant from the Georgia Council of Art
The Welcome to Monticello mural
Designed and Painted by Local Artist, Tamara Hasse
This project is made possible by a Vibrant Communities grant from the Georgia Council of the Arts
Art Alley is on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail
This garden trail was created by former First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter text
This is a joint project of the
Downtown Development Authority, its Youth Advisory Council & the Monticello Garden Club
Watch the DDA's Art Alley Come to Life!
Watch local artist, Tamara Hasse bring the directional mural for the Downtown Development Authority's Art Alley project to life. This mural was made possible by a Vibrant Communities grant awarded by the Georgia Council for the Arts.
DDA Summer Intern Blogs!
The Downtown Development Authority is creating an Art Alley between Rusted Roots Salon and the Monticello Municipal Government Complex. It is a 2D & 3D garden-themed art installation. Click on the button below to learn more about this project and see the selected designs!
The D.D.A. is currently fundraising for these projects!
Four Corners Mural Project
The Downtown Development Authority is planning a series of four murals to be installed at the four corners of our city square.
The mural designs include a "Welcome to Monticello" ; a tribute to notable citizens of our African American community; a history of commerce in Monticello, and one showcasing local celebrities and film projects.
The "Welcome" mural is coming in April of 2021, and will feature the work of local artist, Tamara Hasse!
D.D.A. Youth Programs
Engaging Our Future Leaders
The Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council is a student-led organization made up of fifteen students in grades 7 - 12 who are enrolled in a homeschool program or private or public school in Jasper County. The Y.A.C. will advise the D.D.A. on youth issues, engage in community & event planning, as well as complete a community service project. Click below to read more about this exciting program.
The Young Entrepreneur Program
The Downtown Development Authority is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship amongst our youth. The D.D.A. is providing rent-free space in the Shoppes of Monticello for student entrepreneurs in grades 7 -12, who are enrolled in a homeschool program or private or public school in Jasper County. The students are able to learn what it takes to create and manage their own businesses! Click below to read more about this program.
Young Entrepreneurs Program
Young artists and entrepreneurs sell their merchandise inside the Shoppes of Monticello
Students and Organizations from the Jasper County Charter School District and Piedmont Academy participate
Our Community, Our Goals, Our Future
The DDA's Youth Advisory Council
Made up of 15 Jasper County Charter School System students in Grades 7 - 12
The Most Unique Shopping Experience in Middle Georgia!
The Shoppes of Monticello
The Shoppes of Monticello opened in November, 2020.
The Downtown Development Authority turned a vacant building on the square into the most unique shopping experience in Middle Georgia.
With the storefronts modeled after some of Monticello's historic businesses and homes, the Shoppes sell a mix of new, vintage, and antique items including children and women's clothing, jewelry and accessories, purses, luggage, candles, soaps, home goods and décor, fine art, pet accessories, floral arrangements, Angus beef and more!
Saturday - Sunday