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Development authority promotes downtown


Source: The Quitman Free Press

The Brooks County Development Authority board members have committed to beautification projects for Downtown Quitman. Some efforts have already begun, others are in the planning stage.

Buddy Holwell, Chairman, said, “Our board members recognize that our downtown is one of our greatest assets, and has a tremendous impact on economic development efforts.”

During the month of February, the Authority paid to have the downtown sidewalks pressure washed. Some of the business owners had done so for themselves over the years, but most of the sidewalks had not been cleaned since being constructed. Also, an effort to encourage trash pickup has begun. The trashcans in downtown were being emptied once per week, but the City of Quitman has increased pickup to twice per week, cutting down on the overflow of cans. Business owners are also encouraged to pick up litter in front of their stores.

Other projects are in process, too. The board is seeking partnerships with other local organizations to replant the concrete planters throughout downtown. Volunteers are needed to help plant, maintain and water. The Authority is working with a local company to design patriotic pole banners to be displayed during the summer months. Flags and buntings are being ordered.

Tiffany Holmes, Director, said, “We want downtown to be spectacular during the summer months. I envision flags flying throughout, a real tribute to our country. We will encourage business owners to dress up their windows with patriotic displays, hang buntings, etc.”

Holmes believes that dressing up the downtown for the summer will catch the attention of the vacationers that travel through Quitman to go to the beaches. She says that it may not be enough to make them stop, but hopes it will be enough to make them remember the town and encourage them to return for a visit.

The Authority is also working with the City to develop a plan to improve Christmas lights and decorations. Holiday banners will be designed later in the year.

A downtown façade program is being developed that will allow business and building owners to be partially reimbursed for completing projects that improve their façade. Approved projects will likely include improvements related to awnings, signage, lighting, and painting. The Authority is working with the City to repair and improve skyline lights at the tops of buildings.

In addition to these projects, the Authority intends to lead by example by cleaning up around its offices, picking up litter, maintaining planters, creating window displays, etc. It will also take opportunities to promote and market the downtown when possible.

Holmes says the Authority, City, County, Chamber and others are all working together to beautify our community and attract visitors.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tiffany Holmes at (229) 263-9085 or email at


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