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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The city of Madison is being featured in one of nine regional tourism videos for the state of Georgia that will air at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Exploregeorgia.org, and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Madison was chosen as one of the iconic Georgia locations, primarily for its collection of large antebellum homes, said Ann Huff, Main Street director for the city. The state of Georgia funded this project, giving a grant to the Historic Heartland, a 19-county tourism co-op of nine regions throughout Georgia. The Historic Heartland decided which communities would be featured in the videos.

“It’s a real compliment,” said Huff. A film crew of seven videographers shot footage of the city on June 19 to capture Madison’s unique historic district and everyday life of its residents and visitors. “In addition to being used at the new visitor center at the airport, these videos will also be utilized in a variety of additional ways to promote tourism in the state,” explained Huff. Ellen Ianelli, special projects coordinator for the city, guided the film crew throughout the city as the videographers chose which areas to film.

The team filmed four select historic homes with lavish gardens, Madison Produce, Madison Markets, and throughout the rest of downtown Madison. “They came and scouted about a month ago, so they picked what they felt what would shoot the best,” said Ianelli. “We are that iconic destination that the state needs to attract visitors,” said Ianelli of Madison. “One of the top draws to Georgia is the antebellum homes and we are one of those communities that have some of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia.” “With the amount of people who go through the Atlanta airport airport each day, this project gives us quite an opportunity to publicize our community,” said Ianelli.

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