Athens Economic Development Corporation-Overview

In 1990, Athens voters approved the creation of a 4A (now Type A) Economic Development Corporation to support economic development projects and economic growth for Athens residents, through the collection of a dedicated 1/2 cent sales tax. In 2005, AEDC was changed to a Type B Corporation, to allow for economic and community development projects. AEDC receives its revenue from this tax and awards grant funds for industrial projects, as well as community and retail projects that benefit the community, support economic development and showcase the city of Athens.

Community Development Grant Program-​ Designed to provide grants for eligible projects which promote sports, cultural, entertainment and community projects that attract tourism and contribute to quality of life, business development and growth of Athens sales tax revenue. Eligible projects must create an economic impact on the city of Athens. To be considered for the next round of funding, watch for the FY2019 call for applications, which will be announced in December with a deadline to apply by February 28. For more information, contact AEDC at 903.675.4617.

Testimonial

"Since the field renovation project began three years ago, participation in baseball in Athens is up 25%. At Opening Day, the public was incredibly complementary of the facility and the new fields. Athens Economic Development Corporation's assistance at Coleman Park has been truly felt in the community through this project."

Christopher D. Tinsley, Board Member and Community Advocate, Athens Teenage Baseball Association 

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