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The Local Agenda: Main Street Gainesville unveils logo
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Main Street Gainesville has a new logo that was designed to attract more business and visitors to downtown Gainesville.

Main Street is an organization that advocates economic development in the downtown area. It’s funded through the city’s hotel/motel fund.

Regina Mansfield, Main Street manager, said in a news release it is just starting its new membership campaign and preparing to announce a QR code program to boost economic development.

“We wanted a logo that worked well in social media as well as print and were looking for something a little edgy,” Mansfield said.

The logo features several prominent downtown “icons,” including Hunt Tower, the Poultry Park statue and the historic Hall County Courthouse.

Mansfield said putting the icons in different colors symbolizes the shopping experience in the Gainesville Square because every business is different, but connected.

“We wanted the logo to capture how vibrant and alive our downtown is,” Mansfield said.

Gainesville City Council plans new look at convention center

Gainesville City Council will consider approving a feasibility study to look at building a new convention center in Gainesville at its meeting today.

The former convention center, the Georgia Mountains Center, was leased to Brenau University last year to use for graduate classes as part of the school’s expansion. Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan has said the former convention center was too small to draw named entertainers to the city.

The study is expected to cost $25,000 and will be paid for by an award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The study is expected to look at market demand, size, location, cost and ways to cover the cost.

Developers purchased space for a hotel across from the former convention center, with a pedestrian bridge linking the two areas, but the plan died because of the economic downturn.

A pedestrian bridge was built to link the two sites, but the city won’t pay the developers for the bridge until there’s development at the site. Ideally, the convention center would be near the potential hotel site. The study should be completed by September.

The council will also consider amending its code on structures dangerous to the public health.

The ordinance brings the city’s law into compliance with state law, City Attorney James E. Palmour III said.

Today’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville.

Sarah Mueller covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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