Did you know there are over 130 specially designated days during the month of September
? That means on any given day, there are multiple things to celebrate. Whether Labor Day, VJ Day, National Drink Beer Day, National Coffee Day, National Neighbor Day, Constitution Day, National Pancake Day, Hispanic Heritage Month or National College Colors Day is your fancy... September is a month for you!
One thing to be sure of, Canton remains a busy community, as well, during the month of September. To find out all that is going on in our City, simply visit us online or follow us at one of our social media pages linked below.
A Moment with Mayor Bill Grant
Canton Forward – High Tech to Haute Tequila
As summer winds down, the City of Canton is evolving in interesting ways, and our opportunities have never been greater. Last week alone, we celebrated the opening of two new businesses in downtown. A computer software company, i3 Verticals, opened its new offices on the second floor of the restored grammar school building at the Academy & Main development, adding 30 new collar tech jobs to our local economy as they search for even more employees. The next day, we attended a ribbon cutting at The Mill on Etowah for the new distribution facility for Califino Tequila, a family owned agave and tequila producer with offices in San Diego. These two very different, yet equally exciting, new businesses represent the momentum of our great city, and they are a harbinger of even greater things to come.
It is no accident that even during the pandemic, Canton witnessed the opening of two new additions to our culinary scene: Great + Plenty and A Cone to Pick. Both businesses are doing very well, and at least two more restaurants will open their doors in the days and weeks ahead: Branchwater and The Salty Mule. Even more dining options are in progress at The Mill on Etowah development and across our city. For certain, Canton has become a sought after culinary destination, and restaurants and activity options remain at the top of the list of new businesses our citizens want in our city.
However, our quality smart growth is not only fueled by food and entertainment but also other exciting new residential and commercial developments. Last month, Council approved a new light industrial / advanced manufacturing park being developed by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. This venture will attract innovative companies to our city and create more good paying jobs for our citizens. We are also reviewing plans and negotiating projects that will bring more “heads in beds” to downtown Canton in the form of new residential infill opportunities. In addition, we are having more meetings and discussions with other potential investors that represent one-of-a-kind opportunities to recruit innovative and diverse new businesses to our community, and we look forward to announcing some of these in the near future.
In a few weeks, your Mayor and Council will participate in another planning retreat to continue our focus on creating a new road map for Canton that will guide sustainable growth for the next several decades. Our goal is to vet this plan with our citizens and continue to incorporate their input into our strategy, goals and tactics. We are working diligently to complete the road map by the beginning of next year so we can efficiently and productively continue to create the Coolest Small Town in America for our residents, businesses and visitors. With your help and support, we are well on our way! #CantonForward
Welcome our newest Councilman
Mayor Bill Grant swore in Mr. Will Carlan as the newest member of the Canton City Council on August 20. Mr. Carlan is a local attorney and will be serving the remaining term of the vacant Ward 2 (downtown) seat. Mr. Carlan will chair the Public Safety Committee for the Council. As the only individual to qualify for the seat, Mr. Carlan immediately took office and the special election called for November was cancelled.
Artist(s) Needed for New Mural
The City of Canton/Downtown Canton Main Street’s Public Art Steering Committee is seeking an artist or artist team to submit renderings for a new public art mural project to be installed on a wall along Railroad Street in Downtown Canton. Proposals are due by September 14 and are encouraged from artists and/or artist teams who have experience in creating large scale work on exterior walls. Award will be determined after submission – and additional information may be requested.
Project details: The concrete wall that runs along the public sidewalk up and down historic Railroad Street provides a connection between charming Downtown Canton and the City’s newest mixed-use development called The Mill on Etowah. The Steering Committee asks artists to consider connectivity, community, and blending the historic with the contemporary when creating designs.
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Musical Happenings in September
Canton River Rock September 19
Join us at Etowah River Park on September 19 for the Canton River Rock Summer Concert featuring On the Border, the ultimate Eagles tribute band. They hit the stage at 8 p.m. Come out and hear Shyanne with the ultimate 80s Arena Hits at 6 p.m. Concerts include marked spaces to assist in social distancing. Feel free to come and tailgate in the parking lot and enjoy the music. Food and beverage vendors are also on site. Masks are encouraged.
For a sample of On the Border, check out this promo video
Join us at First Friday, 09/04
Come and enjoy Whisky Business in downtown Canton on Friday, September 4 for the next installment of the First Friday series. Food trucks, dine with local restaurants, enjoy cold beverages, shop with local merchants. Masks are encouraged and feel free to spread out with your chairs as you enjoy the music.
The Canton City Council meets twice monthly. The first Thursday of the month is the Work Session and the third Thursday of the month is the Regular Meeting. Council will meet on September 3 and 17 this month. For the agenda, minutes and to view livestreaming, visit the meeting site.
Stand Up and Be Counted! The Census continues and now workers are moving to door to door counting with the 10-year survey. You can still participate online, by mail or over the phone. Help Canton count accurately! Simply visit the Census online at 2020census.gov
Mask Up at City Facilities