Cornelia Downtown Development Authority provides Business Assistance

CORNELIA - The Cornelia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted at its May board meeting to provide over $4,000 in financial assistance to businesses located in the downtown district.

The board voted to use its existing facade grant funds to help businesses in the downtown district that were suffering due to COVID 19 restrictions. The DDA put out a call to action to the businesses to seek help if needed.

The DDA’s annual sponsors also agreed to unrestricted funds to the board that would normally be used for special events. Those funds were added to the facade grant money to be distributed to the businesses seeking assistance. Jessie Owensby, Community Development Director said, “We have the best annual partners and the board could not have done anything to help our businesses if it weren’t for their generosity and commitment to sustaining our downtown. Our sense of community has been renewed!”

The DDA agreed to provide assistance to eight downtown businesses while also having enough funds, thanks to the annual partners, to do a second round of assistance sometime in the future for those who may have delayed economic effects from COVID 19.

All of the Cornelia DDA Annual Partners agreed to unrestrict their financial commitments to this cause. They are as follows:
  • Carter & Sloope Engineering
  • Kinetic by Windstream
  • North Main Credit Union
  • Fieldale/Springer Mountain Farms
  • United Community Bank
  • Ace Hardware
DDA Chairman Heath Barrett said, “It has been inspiring to see all of our annual business sponsors willing to give back to those businesses in need of assistance such as rent, utilities, and even giving back to employees who have gone without a paycheck due to the unforeseen circumstances.”

For questions about downtown business assistance, contact Jessie Owensby at