ATLANTA, January 14, 2013 - The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has awarded $180,000 in product development agreements to 18 tourism and art entities across the state. Georgia Tourism and the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), both divisions of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, combined resources for the second year to maximize the 2013 Tourism Product Development Agreement program.
“Creating new tourism product in Georgia is essential to the success of our tourism industry,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Georgia Council for the Arts to create jobs and investment opportunities across the state.”
"The recipients demonstrate the benefits provided to local economies by arts partnerships that produce jobs and generate revenue,” said GCA Director Karen L. Paty. “We continue to be excited by opportunities to continue working together with the Tourism Division in support of a vibrant Georgia.”
The Tourism Product Development Agreement program was designed to financially support tourism development activities at the local level that sustain and create jobs, and support Georgia’s creative economies with an emphasis on local artists and the nonprofit arts industry. The Georgia Department of Economic Development received 72 applications for the 2013 Tourism Product Development grant program amounting to nearly $1 million in requests.
Recipients of the 2013 Tourism Product Development recipients include:
Augusta Canal Authority
City of Darien
City of LaGrange
City of Madison
City of Moultrie
City of Stone Mountain
Decatur County Commission
Decatur Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Development Association of Columbus
Downtown Development Association of LaFayette
Downtown Statesboro Development Authority
Lincoln County Development Authority
Manchester Downtown Development Authority
Tift County Development Authority
White County Development Authority
Woodstock Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Georgia Tourism’s Product Development team assists private for-profit, nonprofit and local governments by providing resources and financial assistance to develop tourism product across Georgia.
About Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts provides support for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state. Established in 1965 as the Georgia Commission on the Arts, the Council encourages excellence in the arts, support the arts’ many forms of expressions and makes the arts available to all Georgians by providing funding, leadership, programming and other services.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit www.georgia.org.