News Line for Milledgeville

Milledgeville recognized for downtown development
The city of Milledgeville and the Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority have been recognized for excellence in downtown development.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Festival celebrates national award
Friday night in downtown Milledgeville is all about celebration.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City building to house Development Authority
Whether or not to move offices out of shared space with the Chamber of Commerce to the City of Milledgeville owned Economic Development Center has been a Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority discussion topic since last fall.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

MPD receives Intoxilyzer grant
Police are receiving an upgrade to alcohol detection equipment through a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The Milledgeville Police Department recently received an $8,000 grant to purchase a new Intoxilyzer 9000.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville is a great community, it can get better
The local community is gearing up for a special event next month in celebration of downtown Milledgeville’s time in the spotlight.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Safe Routes to School network starts next summer
At the moment, six of the seven Baldwin County public schools are clustered together and cut off from residential areas by a trio of busy highways.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City monies shifted again
More financial action has occurred with City of Milledgeville investment monies that were the subject of the recent City Council taped conversation saga.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Festival paying homage to Great American Main Street
The City of Milledgeville will honor recent recognition as a Great American Main Street City with a Hometown Celebration community festival Aug. 15 sponsored by Milledgeville Main Street and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Communiversity might live on at Central State
After negotiations for the lease-purchase of the City of Milledgeville's Shaw building to become a proposed business incubator, job skills training and center for the arts fell off a cliff, the Summit Communiversity board looked elsewhere.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Police consider downtown security surveillance
Camera surveillance for downtown Milledgeville may be a project in the works for the near future.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Development Authority battling through close calls
The community seemingly always makes the short list for major industry projects but has yet to land the big one.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City's traffic signal intersections get overhaul
The City of Milledgeville's traffic signals will be brand new equipped with the latest technology and pedestrian safety features by May 2015.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City strikes down planned development
Milledgeville City Council voted down its second planned development rezone proposal in the last month and a half Tuesday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Bobby Parham Bridge dedication Thursday
The river bridge on East Hancock Street and Ga. 24 will be officially known as the Bobby Parham Bridge after Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Main Street receives national accreditation
Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City awarded grant to spruce up southern historic district
The City of Milledgeville earned a $39,000 GATEway grant toward landscape improvements along Franklin Street between Wilkinson and Clarke streets.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Pendergast earns Renaissance Leader Award
Milledgeville Developer Frank Pendergast has been selected as the recipient of the Georgia Cities Foundation's 2014 Renaissance Award. Pendergast accepted his award during the Georgia Municipal Association's Annual Convention in Savannah on Sunday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Downtown tunnel awaits enhancements
The South Wayne Street pedestrian tunnel connecting off-street parking to downtown Milledgeville merchants will soon transform.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council backs city manager
The City Council took no action at a closed meeting Monday on a request that City Manager Barry Jarrett be removed from office for controversial comments he made in a recorded discussion of city fund bank deposits.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Deep Roots Festival recognized as Top 20 event
The annual Deep Roots Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of October.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council calls for audio recording inquiry
Audio recordings released last week of a March Milledgeville City Council discussion disclosed that $5.1 million in city funds were withdrawn from Century Bank & Trust.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Deep Roots Festival recognized as Top 20 event
The annual Deep Roots Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of October.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Development Authority board approved move to Elks Lodge
The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority board voted Tuesday to take over the second floor of the City of Milledgeville Economic Development Center in downtown's renovated Elks Lodge.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Controversial planned development rezone denied
Nelson Road property near the Oconee River owned by Dan Tomlin won’t be sold for a planned development.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City proposing alcohol license increases
The City of Milledgeville's upcoming fiscal year budget proposal features alcohol license increases that are closer to other governments in the vicinity.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City budget authorizes department additions
The proposed City of Milledgeville 2014-2015 budget incorporates key changes in authorized positions by department.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Report: Half of Middle Georgia cities lost population
About half of Middle Georgia’s cities lost population in a recent year, while growth in the rest slowed, new U.S. Census Bureau estimates suggest.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Budget requests create lively city discussion
Tuesday’s Milledgeville City Council proposed 2014-15 fiscal year budget work session included debate on an increase in outside agency funding requests and the best future methods to deal with them.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Baldwin Lofts recognized with Georgia Trust Award
The Baldwin Lofts owners Frank and Heather Pendergast have been recognized for their contributions in local historic preservation.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville grabs 2014 Great American Main Street Award
The National Main Street Center announced Sunday that Milledgeville was chosen as a 2014 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) winner.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville Police Department kicks off high visibility enforcement
The Milledgeville Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City celebrates Bicycle Friendly status
Milledgeville City Hall celebrated National Bike Month Friday with a proclamation from Mayor Richard Bentley. Bicycling Club of Milledgeville (BCM) members rode up to the building's front steps.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville honored with national award
The National Main Street Center honored Milledgeville and two other cities as recipients of the 2014 Great American Main Street Awards at a ceremony Sunday night in Detroit.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Planned development possible on Nelson Road
Last week's Milledgeville Planning & Zoning Commission meeting got testy surrounding a proposed planned development off Nelson Road.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Poyner: Development Authority ‘aggressive’
The recent Milledgeville City Council update provided a peek into industrial development. The office is hustling.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville officially Bicycle Friendly
The League of American Bicyclists announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) Wednesday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City requests new service delivery strategy
Milledgeville City Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting that the Baldwin County Commissioners participate in developing a new, comprehensive service delivery strategy that is efficient and responsive to city and county citizen need.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Community group rehabbing Central City Park courts
An assembly of sorts seeks ideas and solutions for Baldwin County and City of Milledgeville concerns.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Main Street filmed as national award finalist
The Milledgeville Main Street program was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the national Great American Main Street Award. Winners will be announced May 18 during the 2014 National Main Street Conference Opening Plenary in Detroit, Mich.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Now two groups analyzing unification charter
When the 2014 state legislative introduction clock expired on the existing unification charter in February, Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley said a soon-to-be-formed committee would continue charter dialogue and revisions.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Development Authority previews renovated city economic center
April’s regular Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County meeting previewed the Economic Development Center in downtown’s renovated Elks Lodge.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Bishop building redevelopment upcoming
One of downtown Milledgeville's most recognizable buildings will soon be revitalized.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Development Authority website full of traffic
By the time an industrial site consultant reaches Milledgeville, the community already survived an in-depth vetting process.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville's Marketplace Pavilion opens
Milledgeville Main Street celebrated the grand opening of the city’s new downtown public pavilion Tuesday afternoon, which coincided with the opening of the sixth season of the downtown farmers market.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Reaction to new unification motion
State Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) announced last week that a newly selected seven-member citizen team will help him introduce a charter unifying the governments of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville during the 2015 Georgia legislative session.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Kidd reignites unification discussions
The proposed charter unifying the governments of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville didn’t make the recent state legislative session.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council recognizes downtown’s maturation
Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley and City Council spotlighted Main Street Director Carlee Schulte for a recent distinction at Tuesday’s council meeting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marketplace, downtown pavilion grand opening next week
The City of Milledgeville Market Park Pavilion is near completion and the sixth season of the Milledgeville Marketplace Farmers Market will kick off next week.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

International VIPs enjoy local culture and economic opportunity
The Georgia Department of Economic Development's 2014 International VIP Tour kicked off its three-day trip around 10 Georgia counties Wednesday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Milledgeville's downtown is a Great American Main Street Award semifinalist
This year the National Main Street Center received the most applications since 2009. Monday the top 10 semifinalists were announced for the Great American Main Street Award. Milledgeville was one of the 10 semifinalists and the only community selected in the entire state of Georgia.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City Council endorses first film permitting ordinance
After some tweaks, the City of Milledgeville's first established ordinance for guidelines and permits with a stated goal to invite and encourage television, film and video productions passed City Council unanimously Tuesday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Development Authority says industry interest increasing
The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority created a simple, yet enterprising industrial tax abatement schedule that will soon be approved by the City of Milledgeville.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder