Ringgold approves cultural expenditures in effort to draw tourism

Times Free Press file photo / The historic Ringgold Depot is on Nashville Street in downtown Ringgold.

The Ringgold City Council passed an amendment allocating $270,000 toward various arts and beautification projects at its meeting on Sept. 23.

Earlier this year, Catoosa County received a grant for a resource development team to create a plan to draw more people to the area, Ringgold City Manager Dan Wright said at the meeting. Working with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, the county analyzed local tourism and businesses in Ringgold.

The report suggested several projects the city could pay for using revenue from its general fund, hotel/motel tax, and state grants, said Wright.

The various initiatives include allocating $20,000 for a downtown mural; $175,000 for portable restrooms and a mobile stage that could be used for festivals and other events; and utilizing downtown alleyways as public parks, for which the team proposed spending $75,000.