Richland Downtown and Area Development Partners
New Broad St. home of Richland Distilling Co. The distillery is only the third distillery licensed in Georgia.
Richland Downtown Development Authority
Chair – Rossi Ross
Vice Chair – Earl White
Sec/Treas – Jenny Boling
Two members of Richland DDA also serve on the board for Richland Better Hometown. This gives both support organizations a better sight line on long-term planning and provides the city with added perspective in planning efforts for downtown.
In 2011 - 2012, the combined effort has provided downtown with a landmark new business, Richland Distilling Co., which is producing artisan rum from sugar cane juice. Plans for nine contiguous Victorian storefronts on Broad St. have proceeded from preliminary stages to the initial project assessment. That project would begin upon approval.
Richland Area Development Authority
Chair – Rossi Ross
Vice Chair – Ken Josey
Sec/Treas – Jane Ledford
The RDA actively pursues new businesses for the city's industrial park on Ga. Hwy. 520 at Ga. Hwy. 27. The city has provided gas and water to the industrial park and can respond quickly to enhance services as required by potential new companies wishing to locate in Richland.
Richland Zoning Board
Chair – Christine Scribner
This year, the board has worked with Rick Morris, planning director for the RVRC to rewrite and update zoning ordinances.
The board has also worked diligently and in concert with RBHT and DDA to locate a new business downtown. Complex issues this business brings to the table have been efficiently processed and discussed across a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the city and county and all the issues have been resolved. The new business is a small-batch distillery, which will begin operation in a renovated downtown building this fall.
Richland City Hall under a rare and beautiful snowfall.
Richland Garden Club
President – Chip Jones
Sec. – Clara Hammock
The Richland Garden Club was chosen to develop a pocket park on the grounds of the historic hotel building on Broad Street. The hotel building now serves as a community center and is the headquarters for the Richland Pig Fest each year.
The Garden Club, working with RBHT enlisted a professional landscape architect to provide a plan for the park and recruited private partners to assist in construction. A grant application is pending with a corporate entity to provide matching funds.
The park plan is complete and private partners are working with the Garden Club and the city to develop a schedule for park construction.
The Garden Club also works provides table designs for the Richland Pig Fest Sponsors’ Dinner, staged for those who contribute to the fund raising events for downtown development. The Garden Club members design and create table arrangements and decorate the community center for a sit-down dinner for 250 sponsors each year.
The Garden Club has hosted a meeting of the South Georgia Flower Show Judges Council in the community center.
Historic Harmony Church was destroyed by a tornado that struck Richland in 2007. The Garden Club provided a marker at the former site of the church, which was established in the mid-19th Century.
Items were saved from the church are on display in the Garden Club Room at the historic hotel building, which serves as a community center in Richland now. Better Hometown and Richland Garden Club share the office space in the hotel.
The Garden Club at the marker for Harmony Church