Grant & Loan Awards: Miller County


Miller County

Equity Fund: $500,000

Awarded: 12/07/2009

Applicant: Colquitt Downtown Development Authority, City of

Equity grant/loan funds to renovate a 4,600 square foot 1950’s era movie theater on the town square into a regional multi-use conference/meeting/performance center to be called The Woodstork Center. The Center has a seating capacity of 300 and would accommodate all types of events. This facility is seen as an enhancement and expansion of the cultural tourism initiative started in 1992 with the first production of Swamp Gravy, Georgia's Folk Life Play. Over the last several years Colquitt has hosted multiple conferences including "Building Creative Communities" Conferences (2006-2009) with the 4th scheduled for February 2010 and also three Southwest Georgia Film Festivals held each September. Colquitt has also been selected to host the 2010 "Global Mural, Arts and Cultural Tourism" Conference next October, which will bring people from all over the world. Over the years, Colquitt has expanded its performance repertoire to include May-Haw, a musical variety theater offered during the year as well as summer and Christmas Youth Theater Programs. An estimated 55,000 people visit Colquitt and Miller County annually for performances, events, festivals, mural tours, and restaurants. The project will be another asset on which to build the cultural tourism industry of the region.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $1,205,490

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