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The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that clears the way for Epic Resorts Group, LLC to develop EPIC Adventures Resort Kingsland, a $350 million regional entertainment tourism complex on 495 acres of vacant land along Interstate-95 off Exit 3 in Kingsland

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Several Georgia cities are enjoying a boost in tourism after completing projects funded with state tourism product development grants.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

A modern twist on treasure hunting has captured the interest of more and more people. And now many Georgia cities and other destinations are jumping on the bandwagon as well, recognizing that it’s a good way to stimulate tourism.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

touttttThe incredible opportunity that arises in marketing our state through the arts is the ability to unearth local history, celebrating what makes each community unique, and placing a magnifying glass on the story that is distinctly theirs to tell.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Fall is one of the busiest times of year for city fairs and festivals. Calculating the economic impact of an event that brings tourists to town, however, is hard to do because the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) does not provide cities with jurisdictional sales tax collections data.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

There is recent news on the sovereign immunity front.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

GMA is pleased to provide for municipal officials a review of the key features of the Georgia open meetings and open records laws.

Published Date: September 26, 2014

Participatory budgeting, an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making, began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil. It has since been adopted by 1,000 other cities worldwide and by some U.S. cities as well.

Published Date: September 16, 2014

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed talks about how he sponsored sweeping reforms in Atlanta city government pensions . . . and how major reforms in general succeed.

Published Date: September 12, 2014

In 2010, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop opened its doors in the heart of downtown Thomasville.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

The city of Duluth is facing a rather unusual and somewhat tenuous set of circumstances; our Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the Gwinnett County Superior Court’s decision to throw out a case against the city in a negligent hiring claim involving a drunk, off-duty police officer’s use of excessive force upon a citizen.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

Several Georgia cities got a piece of the $5.1 billion economic impact generated from the 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia during Fiscal Year 2014. The productions spent at total of $1.4 billion during FY 2014, which ended in June.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced that 13 Georgia cities received awards for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Published Date: August 29, 2014

Jobs gained during the economic recovery from the Great Recession pay an average 23% less than the jobs lost during the recession according to a new report by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).

Published Date: August 15, 2014