Contact:  Shop Local Milledgeville Developer Tommy Cook, (478) 737-0923 or
Digital Bridges Communications Coordinator Daniel McDonald (478) 387-0242.

Photo Opportunity: Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley will hold a proclamation signing ceremony at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, June 29 at the Milledgeville City Hall, located at 119 E. Hancock St. in downtown Milledgeville.

HEADLINE: Celebrating Our Independents!

This week, when you go shopping to buy the party fixings that will make your Independence Day celebration your own, don't forget to support the local businesses that help make Milledgeville your home.

Digital Bridges, and the City of Milledgeville are joining the American Independent Business Alliance in declaring the week of July 1 - 7 Independents Week and celebrating the local business community that makes Milledgeville unique. Independents Week is a national celebration of the local independent businesses that create opportunity and underwrite community life and prosperity across the country.

"Independently owned and operated businesses make up the backbone of a strong local economy," Shop Local Milledgeville Program Developer Tommy Cook said. "We are celebrating Independents Week to remind Milledgeville residents that local independent businesses add to the character of our community, create local jobs and keep our tax dollars at home. This is a time for local consumers to think about their ability to determine the success and viability of the local economy by choosing to shop local."

Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley, the owner and operator of local independent insurance agency Wilkinson Insurance, will help launch this celebration of local business by signing an Independents Week proclamation in a ceremony Tuesday morning at City Hall.

Throughout this week of July 1-7 Digital Bridges and the City of Milledgeville join the American Independent Business Alliance in encouraging residents to exercise their right to influence the success of the local economy by deciding to keep their business local.

Digital Bridges is affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance and is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses, take control of their local economies, and reverse the trend of chains and big boxes displacing locally owned businesses. 

Visit for more information about putting your shopping dollars to work in the local economy.

Digital Bridges Milledgeville is a Georgia College & State University venture with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a community-owned initiative to reimagine Milledgeville in the information age. To learn more about the Digital Bridges, or to find out how you can get involved, point your Web browser to