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Conyers Heart and Soul
Andrew-Smith RCHS-Jazz-Band
Andrew Smith from the RCHS jazz band. - photo by Jennifer Edwards/Submitted photo

Old Towne was on display Wednesday morning as more than 50 leaders, economic development players and philanthropists visited Conyers on the first stop of a 10-city Heart and Soul tour led by the Georgia Cities Association.

The group started its tour at the Depot, went on to the Olde Town Gallery and Studio and to the Pointe bar.

Welcoming the visitors were children from Conyers First United Methodist at the Pointe wearing green shirts, the jazz band from Rockdale High School, the Mayor and City Council.

The New Depot players and the Rockdale Historical Society were also on hand to greet the visitors and give information about the rich background of Conyers/Rockdale.

"I think they were very impressed with the reception and what the city of Conyers has to offer," said Lorraine Harrison, chairman elect for 2012 Conyers/Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

The tour helped the approximately 50 invited guests catch a glimpse of ideas for future development and revitalization in the historic commercial district.

The Georgia Cities Foundation was formed by the Georgia Municipal Association in 1999 to assist cities in their efforts to revitalize and enhance downtown areas by serving as a partner and facilitator in the funding of capital projects. The GCF's goal is to promote economically sustainable projects, which help ensure the long-term health and economic vitality of Georgia's communities.