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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to review grant applications
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Grant applications aimed at economic development and roadside beautification projects in Gainesville will come up for review when the City Council holds a work session Thursday. 

The Appalachian Regional Commission grant application seeks 50 percent matching funds for economic development projects. Jessica Tullar, special projects manager in the Community Development Department, said the funds, if awarded, would be directed toward a nonconstruction-related project she plans to unveil at the work session. 

Meanwhile, the 2014 Georgia Department of Transportation Gateway Grant application is focused on securing funds for landscaping improvements along roadways. Funds for this grant come from fees paid by outdoor advertising companies, according to Tullar. 

The City Council must authorize each application before it can be submitted. 

During the work session, City Council will also hear a presentation about the Hall Area Transit Fare & Route Assessment Study; receive an update on tourism outreach efforts; and review a proposed animal control ordinance amendment. 

The City Council work session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Bill Williams Conference Room, room 301, in the city administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville.

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