New county line sig­nage aims to im­press

The Standard Journal - - OBITUARIES - By TRICIA CAMBRON As­sis­tant Editor

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

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