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Jones County Trailhead: a PlanFirst success

The Jones County Comprehensive Plan includes activities of the City of Gray Downtown Development Authority (DDA) because the County contributes funding to the DDA. The Jones County Short Term Work Program (STWP), contained within the Comprehensive Plan, had the following action item: “Make improvements to downtown Gray for use as a byway trailhead, including designing and maintaining streetscape and facades.” The Ocmulgee-Piedmont Scenic Byway begins in Jones County, and runs along Highway 11, winding among rolling hills dotted with pastures, woodlands and small quaint communities from an earlier era, and then follows Round Oak Juliette Road to its end at the Ocmulgee River. This trailhead established for the scenic byway is in downtown Gray. It is located in the Gray Welcome Center, located in downtown Gray, and provides information and access to the scenic byway running through the county. The building used for the welcome center was a well-known landmark in Gray for many years, but had been neglected and was in need of attention. The Downtown Development Authority, in cooperation with both local governments, has renovated this historic, traditional red brick building, which will now be used to educate and enlighten visitors who find themselves in Jones County. http://scenicbyways.info/byway/70282.html 


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