The Holly Theater in Dahlonega is getting some upgrades thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Trump Administration announced last week that 16 total grants were awarded for rural business development and job creation in Georgia. The $1.384 million total amount comes from the Rural Business Development Grant program.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, those funds were distributed among 11 county programs and Lumpkin County was one of the counties chosen. Renovations to the Holly Theater will include safety and technical improvements and ADA improvements. The Lumpkin County grant totals $99,040.
“This program is vital for workforce development, business development and job creation,” USDA Rural Development State Director Joyce White said. “It can be used by technical colleges to modernize classroom equipment to train a technically skilled workforce, and small towns renovate business centers, start business incubators and expand opportunities with this program. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Two other North Georgia counties were also chosen as recipients. Stephens County will use a $99,999 grant to improve Lake Toccoa Park, while Towns County will us its $66,750 grant to repair the Paris Pavilion Business Center- two buildings recently purchased by the city of Hiawassee near the downtown area.