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Old Mills Come Back to Life as Tourist Attractions and Commerce Sites Old Mills Come Back to Life as Tourist Attractions and Commerce Sites
September 19, 2016   |  Gale Gay
In the 1900s textile mills were a vital part of the Georgia economy. Now, some of these former industrial spac­es—many of which have sat vacant for decades—are finding new lives as entertainment and trendy commerce spaces drawing new audiences in­cluding tourists.

The Georgia Manufacturing Directory Makes Buying Local Easy The Georgia Manufacturing Directory Makes Buying Local Easy
September 19, 2016
After a million requests for a list of products manu­factured in Georgia, Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, now has solutions to please both general consumers and manufacturers. And he offers a challenge.

Braselton Celebrates 100 Years and Its Budding Downtown Braselton Celebrates 100 Years and Its Budding Downtown
September 19, 2016
The town of Braselton celebrated its 100th birthday recently by opening the first phase of the new Town Green Park. Braselton was chartered on Aug. 21, 1916.

Of Dogs and Privacy: The Warrantless Taking of a Dog’s Blood and All That Comes with It
September 16, 2016   |  Phil Friduss
Amanda Newcomb is out of money. Because of that, she is unable to regularly feed her dog, Juno. Her neighbor, apparently follow­ing Juno’s plight, calls the Oregon Hu­mane Society, and so begins the saga.

Georgia Government Communicators Hold Second Annual Conference
September 16, 2016
From August 11-12, GMA in partnership with ACCG held its 2nd Annual Govern­ment Communicators Conference at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Film Industry Generates More Than $7 Billion for Georgia’s Economy
September 16, 2016
In August, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-produced feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television produc­tions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.

Unique Museums in Georgia Unique Museums in Georgia
September 16, 2016
Georgia's cities are home to several unique museums ranging from the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie to the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus.

Pokémon Go Plays Up Economic Development in Cities Pokémon Go Plays Up Economic Development in Cities
September 16, 2016
Are there Pokémon waiting downtown? For the city of Jefferson, the answer was “yes,” and on August 13 city officials and the Jackson County Tourism Board found a way to profit from this new gamming phenomena as a develop­ment and tourism tool by hosting their first ever Pokémon Go meetup.

The Lure of Georgia’s Wildlife Builds the State’s Economy The Lure of Georgia’s Wildlife Builds the State’s Economy
September 12, 2016   |  Mike Worley
Hunters and anglers in Georgia spend a lot of money every year in supplies and equip­ment to hone their craft and bring home a worthy catch, and their impact sometimes goes unnoticed in public discourse. However, the effect on Georgia’s economy and communities is substantial.

Three Ways Cities Can Navigate the ‘Silver Tsunami’ Three Ways Cities Can Navigate the ‘Silver Tsunami’
September 9, 2016   |  Elisha Harig-Blaine, Principal Associate for Housing - National League of Cities
Cities are now five years into a demographic change that will impact nearly every family in America from now until well beyond 2030. In the face of this change, how can city leaders meet the challenge of connecting available resources to the elderly?

State Program Offers Great Promise to Valdosta City Youth State Program Offers Great Promise to Valdosta City Youth
September 7, 2016
While it’s normal for high school students to get jobs working in fast food or in retail stores to earn extra money while in school, very few high schoolers have jobs that could lead to stable, long-lasting careers in public service.

Cities Boast Music Greats During 'The Year of Georgia Music' Cities Boast Music Greats During 'The Year of Georgia Music'
September 7, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
Many know the names: James Brown, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding and Little Richard. These big-time musicians—and several hundred others—have called Georgia home. Cities across the state celebrate 2016 as “The Year of Georgia Music,” declared by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Watkinsville - The Artland of Georgia Watkinsville - The Artland of Georgia
August 29, 2016   |  Mayor Charles Ivie
Many historical towns/villages are identified by statues of famous people telling a compelling story of place and culture. Watkinsville does not have such a monument, though its history extends to the beginning of the 19th century. What it does have is art, and a thriving community pride in its growing reputation as the Artland of Georgia. 

The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual
August 29, 2016   |  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This manual from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains the importance of understanding and measuring the built environment and provides a tool for doing so.

Anatomy of a Preservation Deal: Innovations in Preserving Affordable Housing from around the United States
August 26, 2016   |  Mark Treskon and Sara McTarnaghan, Urban Institute
Preserving existing affordable housing generally costs less than new construction, prevents displacement, and takes advantage of existing land-use patterns. However, it presents its own set of challenges: developers need to weave together federal, state, and local funding sources; employ state and municipal policy tools; and seek collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

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