A s we near the end of 2012, there will be plenty of “year enders,” organizations reviewing their activities during the year that’s about to become part of history.
This year has been one of the busiest ever for the Rockdale Downtown Association (RDA), a collection of businesses, individuals and groups dedicated to promoting the area that’s been the heart of our community for well over a century.
It’s been a challenging task but the RDA has worked hard promoting, and recognizing, downtown.
New downtown businesses this year are Sho’ Nuff Soul Food, Liberty Tax, Farmers Insurance, Town & Country Tires and Tonkawa Motorcycle Shop.
A couple of established businesses, Love’s Flowers & Gifts and Cliff’s Tavern, got new owners.
Here’s a partial list of RDA activities during 2012:
• Helped conduct annual Auto and Cycle Show in the spring.
• Sponsored the annual Tejas Art, Book and Culture Festival.
• Sponsored the Kay Theatre Fun Run.
• Sponsored “50-50” fund-raiser during the Kay Theatre Fun Run.
• Sponsored Downtown Christmas Decorating Contest.
• Facilitated placement of building plaques.
• Spearheaded Comprehensive Downtown Master Plan.
• Co-sponsored Visioning Meeting.
• Co-sponsored Master Plan Workshop.
• Conducted downtown surveys.
• Partnering with Municipal Development District to secure TxDOT Enhancement Grant.
Who can be a member of the RDA? Anyone interested in preserving downtown Rockdale and moving forward.
For more information about the organization contact its president, Chris Dyess, at 446-6680—M.B.