Innovation Award

Shields-Ethridge Farm was recently honored with an Innovation Award by The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).

Seeking to increase tourism opportunities and foster economic development at one of the state’s more significant historic farms, Shields-Ethridge partnered with Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) staff to identify potential solutions to accommodate greater visitation with low operation and maintenance costs. The result was a self-guided Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Interpretative Program using a range of innovative, interpretative tools to attract and benefit national and international visitors. Through this project, the farm expects to draw in excess of 17,000 visitors to the site each year and countless others who will tour online.

For more information about the awards, view the 2011-Innovation-Awards-book (pdf).  To see all recipients, view the 2011-Innovation-Recipients (pdf) list.