Local Government EXPO looks to attract record crowd
by Matt Shinall
Mar 30, 2012 | 1844 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Cartersville is once again teaming up this weekend with The Home Depot to help guests with seasonal projects while offering information to residents and customers about the city's offerings.

Saturday's annual Local Government EXPO will provide those in attendance a chance to browse dozens of vendors from home and garden to gas and water. The expo will coincide with The Home Depot's seasonal showcase, this year dubbed The Ultimate Spring Home Show.

"This event has been going on for several years now, it's just been done different ways," said Cartersville Communications Manager Rebecca Bohlander. "The goal is we just want the city to still be visible despite the economy and still give people the opportunity to come out and see their departments, ask any questions they might have and see what their city departments do for them."

The Local Government EXPO has grown out of what was a joint effort between Bartow County and many of the municipalities. As the economy weakened, the event was not feasible for smaller cities and crowds dwindled for the weekday event. Moving Cartersville's expo to The Home Depot parking lot last year led to a larger crowd and decreased costs for the city.

Bohlander emphasized the fact that city utility services extend far beyond city limits. For current and prospective customers, the expo offers a chance to speak with department representatives, learn about services and pick up helpful hints, including fire safety and energy saving tips.

"There's things that [customers] may not know goes on behind the scenes. They know the water department supplies water but there's other things that they're also working to do to improve the safety of water," Bohlander said as an example of what may be learned Saturday. "A lot of times it's not always visible."

In addition to the 10 city departments on display, vendors with The Home Depot will offer product demonstrations and project ideas.

"Including the city, we're going to have about 60 vendors here. It's the Ultimate Spring Home Show, so it ranges from the paint department and painting your deck to tool demos so you can come out and try out how a Ryobi feels compared to a DeWalt," said Cartersville Home Depot Lead Generator Gail Walker. "There's going to be pergolas, building materials, landscaping, landscape design, all the city people, the smoke house will be here for the kids as well. So, it's really for the customers to come out, get great ideas and try out some things before you buy it."

Entertainment will be provided by Dave FM conducting a live-remote broadcast. Kids workshops will be held as will a scavenger hunt for families coming by the expo after the egg drop at Dellinger Park. A free lunch will be catered by Slopes BBQ.

"This is probably going to be one of the biggest events we've ever had in the parking lot," Walker said. "Last year when we did the event with the city, it worked out so great and it was such a pleasure to work with them. They were all wonderful, so this time last year we decided we would try to work together on something every year.

"We're really trying to zero in on giving back to the community and we truly, truly, truly appreciate the community's support, so this is just one way we're trying to give back."

The Local Government EXPO and the Ultimate Spring Home Show will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of The Home Depot, 100 Gentilly Blvd.