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The Downtown Development Authority met at Pembroke City Hall on Aug. 19. Six members were present, along with representatives from the city and the development authority secretary, Hannah DeLoach.
Each member received a booklet prepared by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs - Office of Downtown Development entitled “Designing Downtown.” The booklet offers guidelines and ideas for preserving historical values while creating an inviting business district as well as housing areas.
Discussion included the “Shop North Bryan First” survey done by the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce.
Of the 53 businesses polled, 40 replies have been returned. The poll asked each business to rank a number of items in the order of importance to its customers and to list the three biggest challenges to their businesses.
Since the final numbers had not yet been compiled, this item will be further discussed at the next meeting of the Downtown Development Authority.
Information was distributed regarding the Green Communities Fund, which is a new loan program offered by the Georgia Cities Foundation through a grant from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.
The program will target downtown buildings with the focus on energy efficient improvements. Information will be distributed to businesses as soon as possible.
Five members of the Downtown  Development Authority will be attending the Georgia Academy for Economic Development in the near future.
The Downtown Development Authority meets monthly and the next scheduled meeting is at 7 a.m. Sept. 16 at Pembroke City Hall.
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