New county line signage aims to impress
Recognizing that first impressions do count, the Polk County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the county to install gateway signage to welcome visitors into Polk.
As part of the public-private partnership, the board of commissioners voted during their monthly session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to approve $20,000 in matching funds for the construction and installation of the signage.
The funds will come from the 2014 SPLOST fund for economic development for fiscal year 2016.
The agreement has been signed and sent to the Chamber for signature, county manager Matt Denton said Friday.
“It’s a step forward for Polk County in branding ourselves and welcoming folks into our county,” he said.
The Chamber’s committee on Image, Marketing and Tourism is managing the project. So far, a request for bids has been noticed for construction and installation of the seven signs.
Julien DeRocher with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs designed the stone and wood markers. The sign will say “Polk County,” in large letters and then Aragon, Cedartown, and Rockmart.
Chamber director Tameka Hudson said the signage is an important element in marketing the county.
“We want people to recognize Polk County when they enter our community. In order for us to stand out in people’s minds, we need to have something that represents who we are, to welcome people when they come here, whether they are riding on the Silver Comet Trail or are thinking of relocating here, as a business, industry or individual.”
The deadline for submitting bids is Thursday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
New gateway signage will welcome visitors to Polk as they cross the county line at seven entry points