Savannah gets grant to improve Historic District

City of Savannah awarded grant of tourism management plan in the Historic District

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We're learning the City of Savannah just got nearly $30,000 in grants to help make the Historic District better.

The money will pay for a tourism management plan. City leaders say the plan will identify areas we can improve while protecting the authenticity of the Historic District.

Now they say we host nearly 14 million visitors a year, but hope making some changes will attract even more.

Here are some of the key things they hope to accomplish.

"Establishing consensus toward a vision of what we want tourism to be like in Savannah and what we want Savannah to be like for the next 20 and 30 years," said Historic Savannah Foundation President and CEO Daniel Carey.

"It's also very important to figure out how to balance the needs of our residents as well as protect out national landmark Historic District," said City of Savannah Tourism Management, Bridget Lidy.

The grant money is coming from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Visit Savannah and the Tourism Leadership Council.

City leaders hope to select a consultant to lead the plan by September and wrap up the project by the end of next year.

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