Municipal Desk Reference

Downtown Development

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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

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

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

It has been a long standing tradition within the Georgia Main Street program to develop a strong network between practitioners and experts to build best practices in Georgia’s downtowns.

Published Date: February 6, 2014

GMA will once again be pushing for the adoption of HB 128, the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act, in the 2014 legislative session. The legislation is designed to help improve economic development and job opportunities in downtowns across the state.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

Nancy Harris, mayor of Duluth, Georgia, talks about the reason her suburban Atlanta city – or any city – invests in the arts. It’s not for the theater, music, paintings or sculptures resulting from those investments, she explains. And it’s not for the artists themselves. It’s for the people the arts attract.

Published Date: December 10, 2013

Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.

Published Date: November 22, 2013

Three is nothing more obtrusive then the “gap tooth” of a vacant storefront along a downtown street.

Published Date: September 9, 2013

Undergraduate Landscape Architecture students from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design spent nine weeks this summer working in the cities of Gainesville, Milledgeville and Porterdale.

Published Date: August 7, 2013

Following years of holding festivals, concerts, and events in parking lots and on blocked roads, the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority (HDDA) held its debut concert at the newly completed Amphitheatre at Bryant Commons on April 6.

Published Date: May 7, 2013

Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) presented HB 128, the Georgia Renaissance Act, to the House Ways and Means Income Tax Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 13.

Published Date: February 14, 2013


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