Joining the Galax Downtown Association (GDA) costs $30 per year beginning July 1. New members joining after Jan 1 pay a prorated amount until the beginning of the next fiscal year.
The GDA provides bulk advertising in The Gazette for both the Spring and the Fall Visitor Guides. Ads are sold by The Gazette, but payment is to the GDA and is less than the cost of regular advertising. The GDA also offers bulk advertising in other publications and inserts saving the members advertising money.
We promote downtown with activities and public relations, holding events to bring large numbers to the downtown area. We also advocate for small business owners before City Council and the City Manager, bringing issues forward that merchants have identified.
We hold monthly breakfast meetings at a downtown restaurant where members can share information and ideas and identify what the GDA can do to help them. We also have occasional "mixers" after working hours at a local business so members may mingle and socialize, getting to know each other.
A monthly newsletter keeps all members and associates up to date on downtown events and issues.
We also buy and re-sell merchandise with local logos, such as shot glasses and bumper stickers.