Gillsville has launched a website, gillsvillega.com, boasting 249 “welcoming residents” and “a taste of old fashioned.”
The 1-square-mile city straddling Hall and Banks counties and known for pottery and pastures has joined the digital generation.
“All the other cities had a website, and I kept asking the question, ‘Why doesn’t Gillsville have one?’” said Mayor Roy Turpin, a Gillsville native.
“When I took over as mayor (Jan. 1), I decided we were going to be a website city.”
The site’s main page pulls information from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s tourism website to tout city attractions.
“Signs mark the spots where artists sell their wares formed in clay dug from the nearby Georgia creeks and riverbeds,” the page states, further inviting folks to “pack a picnic and visit the city park.”
“Those on official business will want to visit on Tuesday or Thursday — when City Hall is open for a few hours, and the mayor will greet you with Northeast Georgia charm.”
The site features a full page on the Gillsville City Park, with pictures and contact information about using the park.
Online visitors also can scroll through the events calendar, learn more about the town’s history and get information about city officials and how to contact them.
“I enjoyed being on the council, and I think I'm going to enjoy being mayor. I've got a few projects I'd like to see get done,” Turpin says in a quote on the site.
He said he is excited about the site’s possibilities.
“It’s pretty neat,” Turpin said. “We’re in the process of updating it and (filling in) the calendar for events.”