Municipal Desk Reference

Downtown Development

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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

University of Georgia landscape architecture student Erik Lauritsen brought his knowledge home by helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood in his hometown of Conyers through an innovative practicum course initiated by a GMA partnership.

Published Date: August 6, 2014

Mary Means, consultant and founder of the National Main Street Program, talks about the lessons we can learn from a downtown-revitalization program that has worked in more than 2,000 cities and towns in America since the 1970s.

Published Date: May 13, 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

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

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