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Giles Perkins, an attorney and civic leader in Birmingham, Alabama, explains how his city built an acclaimed downtown park in recent years—and did it through a collaboration that brought together the city and county governments, foundations and local nonprofits.

Published Date: April 8, 2014

Just as the Vidalia Sweet Onion, makes its appearance in early spring, so will Vidalia’s newest project. The Vidalia City Park is now in the final stages of completion and accord-ing to Vidalia Finance Director and City Clerk William Bedingfield, the excitement is beginning to grow as each layer of the structure is completed.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

Cities across Georgia continue to operate in a hyper-competitive environment; the competition for investment opportunities has intensified and the current state of the global marketplace has created challenges not witnessed in generations.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

The city of Locust Grove has a new amenity that is attracting visitors to its downtown. The city recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new train viewing platform—a years-long vision that became a reality.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

More than 10,000 Americans turn 60 every day and that figure will increase to over 12,500 a day through 2020.The Census Bureau projects that Americans 65 and older will make up 19 percent of the population by 2030.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

With several studies and real life experiences show¬ing that young people want to be near amenities like restaurants, shops and recreational facilities, cities and colleges are reaping the benefits of connection and collaboration.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

lllSo, Gerry and Judy McManus bought their Lawrenceville dream home with bay windows and large porches on 7.5 acres back in 1997. But, for the past four years they have been embroiled in a nasty little legal spat with Gwinnett County. The McManuses sued Gwinnett County because of water runoff issues.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

A majority of Americans favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and other businesses that are within walking distance, rather than neighborhoods requiring driving between home, work, and recreation.

Published Date: April 2, 2014

Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District in Atlanta, talks about his organization’s efforts to turn an affluent suburban business district into a “walkable, livable urban center” – and what he has learned along the way.

Published Date: March 11, 2014

In October 2008 Toccoa Downtown Manager Connie Tabor earned the first level of designation in the Georgia Downtown Development Professional (GDDP) Program and continued to achieve success in the years since.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to make affordable flood insurance available to homeowners, renters and business owners in exchange for using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) generated and specified Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for floodplain management by a participating community.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

In 2011, a Special Downtown Development Task Force co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Georgia Cities Foundation President Mike Starr recommended the creation of a Downtown Capacity Building Partnership, which has been named the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partne

Published Date: March 10, 2014

Named after the former African-American vocational school, the Fairmont community in the city of Griffin is classified as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food deserts are areas in which “at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.”

Published Date: March 10, 2014

While our Georgia appellate courts have been busily working on the usual array of tax, condemnation and immunity issues, the rumble on the distant horizon is not coming from Atlanta. It is coming from Washington, D.C. It is coming from Everytown, U.S.A.

Published Date: March 10, 2014

I was reminded recently how being around children gives us a fresh insight into the world. A dear friend told me about tucking in his young daughter one night. He told her it was time to go to sleep, and she replied, “Please, Daddy, turn the dark on for me!”

Published Date: March 10, 2014