A Better Hometown

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under A Better Hometown

January 2010
By Chantel Morton,
Tybee Island Better Hometown Coordinator

Happy New Year Everyone!

Chantel Morton

There is much to be thankful for as we reflect on last year and look forward to 2010.  Throughout 2009, working together has proven to be beneficial.  Even with the economy not faring well, we were able to have a number of successful events – including two Sale-ing Days, Lights on for Tybee and the Christmas Parade.  2009 was the first year for “Tybee for the Holidays” and with all of the coordinated events, Tybee was a bright spot even with all the rainfall!

Generous contributions were made for Tybee for the Holidays banners and promotion.  These added to the festive flare of the island and are greatly appreciated.  All month long, BHTI was able to promote Tybee, the businesses and the excitement through a variety of media, press releases and Facebook-ing.

In addition to events, a variety of enhancements were made along the corridor with organizations and you participating in clean ups and plantings.  Plus throughout 2009, businesses were provided valuable resources through webinars, seminars and an informative market study presentation.

Now that the holidays are over, our focus turns more to what 2010 has in store.  The year ahead will bring even more opportunities.  BHT Start up members will continue to facilitate and assist as revitalization continues through enhancements and we will also provide even more resources for businesses while preserving Tybee’s uniqueness.

The next Island-wide Sidewalk Sale will be January 30th!  Last January’s Sidewalk Sale was a hit and if you want to participate as a business or a resident, give me a call.

Beginning February 18th, Third Thursdays on Tybee will kickoff for three months!  We are proud to announce that The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP), a partnership between the Georgia Council for the Arts and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau (which manages the funding initiative) awarded a grant for this Tybee’s Better Hometown Initiative community arts program.

These funds combined with local contributions will allow these programs to reach their full potential.  Third Thursdays on Tybee will provide free family-friendly public concerts within Tybee’s Business Corridor in the late afternoons.  These concerts will feature local Tybee musicians and one month will feature young Tybee musicians.  Musicians will be asked to submit a sample of their music and biographical information.  A panel of invited professionals will select the performers for the concerts.  The call for submissions, which are due by January 12, can be found on the BHTI page within the City’s website.  The performances are intended to welcome local residents and guests into the Business Corridor to enjoy music and encourage interaction with local businesses.  More details can be found on the City’s website.  Working with a variety of businesses, organizations and the Tybee Island Tourism Council Third Thursdays on Tybee, will help to brand Tybee Island as an inviting, and thriving arts community that residents and attracts visitors to the Island.

In addition, TBH continues to seek solutions to the island’s parking and trash issues.  All of us want 2010 to be an even better year and it can be with continued passion and appreciation for Tybee.

Please, feel free to contact the members of the Better Hometown Board of Directors or me with suggestions, concerns, or offers to help.  Contact information for the Board can be found on the City of Tybee Island’s website.

The economy continues to struggle, but it will get better.  Please remember how important it is to support your local economy.  Tybee is fortunate to have so many shopping, dining and cultural choices and services.  When you see the Buy Local Tybee stickers we started distributing in July, you support where you live.

I will see you around town!


The Better Hometown Community Development Department Website: www.cityoftybee.org/BetterHometown

For more information about Tybee’s Better Hometown Initiative, or to find out how you can volunteer for any of the BHT committees, please call Chantel Morton at 786-4573, ext *123

Tybee Better Hometown Initiative Vision Statement: (adopted 04-14-09):

– To improve the quality of life for those that live, work and visit Tybee Island through a healthy business corridor and enhance the cultural experience while preserving the community’s barrier island heritage.

The Mission of the Tybee Island Better Hometown Program is to:

– facilitate efforts to revitalize, redevelop and enhance the business corridor;
– create a sense of place and improve the quality of life for residents, business owners and visitors using the Main Street Four Point Approach;
– encourage quality economic growth and development while preserving Tybee Island’s unique architectural heritage;
– support and encourage the arts as a cultural endeavor and economic engine on the Island.

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