City partners with Home Depot for Spring Event
by Matt Shinall
Mar 25, 2011 | 1881 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In years past, the city of Cartersville has hosted government expos in downtown highlighting services and offerings from various departments. A new partnership will expand the April 2 event by relocating to Home Depot and adding home improvement vendors.

The Spring Event brings public service officials and employees to answer questions and showcase the abilities of each department while Home Depot provides vendors and experts concerning springtime chores.

"This year we've kind of had to re-evaluate, because the last couple of years have not been as successful. ... We were able to really partner up and make it very affordable for Home Depot and for us," said Rebecca Bohlander, city of Cartersville communications and public relations manager. "We want people to realize, despite the current economic situation, we are still here. We want to be visible to the public and we want them to realize that if they have any questions, they can always ask us. And also, just to have the opportunity to see us face-to-face."

Home Depot is partnering with the city to strengthen their existing Spring Event, which hosts vendors demonstrating equipment and sampling products, including Coca-Cola. Children's activities and entertainment will begin early in the day as monthly children's workshops begin at 9 a.m. with the Spring Event set to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We wanted to do a community event and we really just wanted to touch base with the community during springtime when everybody's out walking around. The weather's been awesome and it's a great time to get outside," said Gail Walker, Cartersville Home Depot lead generator. "We're going to have lots of vendors: flowers, plants, sheds. All of the city is going to be here to answer all your questions about making your home more energy efficient. So it's also an energy awareness event.

"Between us and the city it's definitely a great time for people to ask questions about their yard and energy efficiency for their homes, saving money and being eco-friendly."

The electricity department will be on hand to detail energy efficiency procedures and how customers can benefit from an energy audit of their home or business. Despite selling electricity, Bohlander commented on the concern regarding energy efficiency and consumption.

"We want to provide as much electricity and gas as we can but we also want to do what is best for our customers and teach them how to improve their house and make it more energy efficient," Bohlander said. "We want to do what's best for our community, and our residents and businesses."

Other departments on display next week will include gas, public works, parks and recreation, fire, finance, police and customer service. The fire department will offer kids and adults an opportunity to learn about fire safety and emergency evacuation with the fire safety house while the police department will have a driving simulator allowing guests to see the effects of driving while intoxicated.

Vendors from Home Depot and the city will be participating in vendor bingo where those in attendance will have a chance to win prizes for visiting different exhibits.