Stephens Co. Hosts GDA Retreat

The Georgia Downtown Association board gathers in Stephens County for an annual meeting.

The GDA board, ex officio members, and staff held the organization’s annual planning retreat on February 26 and 27 at the Currahee Club.

Toccoa Main Street Director Connie Tabor said that the annual retreat provides the board an opportunity to look back and also plan for the year ahead.

“The Georgia Downtown Association retreat is an opportunity for the board members to get together to review the organization’s accomplishments for 2012 and then plan the goals for 2013,” said Tabor. “We also reviewed a Georgia Downtown Association membership survey that was completed in 2012 to make sure that we meet the needs of the membership.”

The Georgia Downtown Association has 150 members throughout the state of Georgia.

Tabor said the organization’s goal is to promote the economic redevelopment of Georgia’s traditional downtowns.

“Georgia Downtown Association performs training,” said Tabor. “We have an annual state conference where we provide a networking and training opportunity for members. We also have an awards program. We are currently working on our Legislative Day, which will be next Tuesday. We have a professional development program, a mentoring and membership program, and a marketing program for our membership.”

Following the planning retreat, the GDA board convened its regular quarterly board meeting.

Tabor is the President of the Georgia Downtown Association board this year.

She said the retreat and meeting was a very positive experience for everyone.

“They were very excited to come to the north Georgia area and see the beautiful scenery and visit our downtown,” said Tabor. “Currahee Club was a wonderful facility for us to be able to sit down and plan.”

Tabor thanked the Currahee Club for its hospitality.

In addition, Tabor said she appreciates all of the downtown businesses that provided gifts for those who attended the retreat.