Blog posts September 2020

Upcoming Weather - Hurricane Sally

Dear Wintervillians:

We are watching Hurricane Sally and stand ready.

Equipment has been checked out and fuel has been topped off. We expect heavy rainfall over the next few days so be careful if you must travel.

The concern during this type of storm centers around the softening ground and the large trees throughout the city. Be mindful and alert to this concern as you shelter inside your home.

The Winterville Volunteer Fire Department, Winterville PD, Public Works and I will all be on call and ready to help you in case of emergency. We will open the Community Center for anyone who becomes displaced from their home or is in need of shelter from this storm.

Stay safe!

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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JDA for ACC & Winterville Emergency Grant & Loan Program

Just a quick update that small business emergency grant programs (JDA & Northeast Georgia Business Alliance) and emergency loans (JDA) are still open for Athens-Clarke County small businesses to apply. For quick reference, links with more information are below.
JDA web site:
Northeast Georgia Business Alliance web site:
Thank you all so much for helping share this information as widely as possible,
Ilka McConnell, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government

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Winterville Auditorium Public Input Session

Monday September 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The City of Winterville invites the public to attend an input session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14 in the Winterville Auditorium to discuss how that venue can serve the community.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government will facilitate the discussion with the goal of developing a strategic plan for the operation and use of the Winterville Auditorium. Please come with your masks and plan to socially distance while we talk about the future of this historic facility.

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Town Hall Meeting via Zoom

Monday September 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 

Town Hall Zoom Meeting Link
Dear Wintervillians,
Please join me to discuss all things Winterville.
I will give an update on Beer and Wine, the Firefly Trail Opening, CARES Act Funding, the JDA and DDA, COVID 19 etc. 
You can join the Town Hall using  the link provided.  I look forward to seeing you.
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 North Church Street
Winterville, Georgia 30683

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Local Loan & Grant Applications for Athens-Clarke County Small Businesses Open Sept. 8

Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the federal CARES Act, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance are opening applications for emergency grants and low-interest emergency loans to provide assistance to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The JDA is offering both low-interest loans and small business grants. Both are targeted to small businesses with 1-10 employees that are physically located in Athens-Clarke County. The $1 million emergency Turntable Revolving Loan Program is funded through the ACCGov Mayor & Commission’s Resiliency Package, while the $1.6 million for emergency business grants is funded through the federal CARES Act.
Applications for JDA loans and grants will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, with an application submission deadline of Tuesday, September 22. The grant program is first-come, first-served for eligible businesses. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available at The application will be available and open on the website at 8:00 a.m. on September 8.
The Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is offering emergency grants for small businesses located in Athens-Clarke County, funded through the federal CARES Act. Information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance’s grant program, including the application, is available online at Applications will open on Tuesday, September 8 with an application submission deadline of Wednesday, September 30.
The mission of the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the City of Winterville is to equitably support entrepreneurs to revive and grow successful small businesses in Athens-Clarke County, increase revenue, create new jobs, and foster economic connections among and between Athens-Clarke County businesses, as well as globally.
The mission of the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations in Northeast Georgia.
For more information about the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville, contact For more information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, contact

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