Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce aiming to bring more business to historic district
If you look around Roberta during lunch time, you might not see a lot people.
Patti Temple, the director at the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is trying to fix that.
“Opening up as many of these storefronts that their owners would like to have open. And that they will participate in. So that people can see what can be made of this area,” Temple said.
She’s been at the helm for three years, in that time she’s seen a lot of opportunities missed out on in the city and the county.
Temple calls it an untapped resource. That’s why she’s trying to get as many people as many storefronts like the one behind me filled as possible, so other people in the entire middle Georgia are can visit the community.
“We want them to be able to see and be able to use this space so that they can open doors to their own possibilities,” she said.
Temple admits there are some challenges attracting business to the rural small town.
“People forget that after Macon there has to be another county. A lot of people don’t realize how close they are to Roberta,” Temple said.
But, she says the old charm the city provides needs to be taken advantage of, and she already has a few ideas as to what new stores can go inside the vacant buildings.
“Perhaps a shoe repair, a haberdashery, a ladies hat shop, all of those put into one place,” she said.
One place…Temple hopes will see success, and eventually thrive.
Temple says she won’t begin to campaign for the event until the beginning of June, but she’s already planning partnerships with Central Georgia Tech and other businesses to utilize the storefronts.