Georgia Cities Newspaper

November 2014


Meet a Millennial Mayor with a Mind for Citizen Engagement
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry has a diverse constituency to engage. More than 80 percent of the city’s 8,000 residents are non-white. More than 45 percent are foreign born. The median age

Op/Ed
Reliable Data Equals Efficiency and Partnership In Good Government
Some cannot hear the term “government administration” without immediately associating the thought with wastefulness and inefficiency.

Cities Can Win When We Show Up and Pay Attention
Our call as city officials is to make decisions for the good of our city. It’s often an inward, narrowly focused activity. To be effective leaders, however, we don’t have the luxury of only focusing inward. We must be willing to look up, pay attention to what is going on around us and do what we must do to engage with those that have influence on how we conduct our business at home.

Stories
Cedartown Successful in Civic Engagement Efforts
Cedartown is the kind of place where residents care about their community and haven’t been shy about expressing how they feel and being involved. But previously their concerns often weren’t focused, according to one official. However, a project started in this northwest Georgia city a year ago has galvanized the community and brought about results that have continuously stunned its city manager.

Suwanee Program Teaches Teens Leadership, Civic Engagement
After meeting with a variety of community leaders, developing their individual leadership philosophies and skills, and logging more than 700 community volunteer hours, more than 50 local high school students have completed the city of Suwanee’s inaugural Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) program. SYL is designed to build youth leaders in the community and outside the classroom.

Downtown Arts and Entertainment: The ‘Closer’ for City Wide Development
When Eddie Owen, founder of the legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, first paid a visit to downtown Duluth, the experience was enough to change the path of his life and career. He left the hip, comfortable, urban environment of Decatur to set up shop in Duluth’s Red Clay Theatre. That was nearly three years ago.

Citizen Engagement in the 21st Century: Why and How We Use Citizen Engagement in Our Downtown Development Process
What do Americus, Bainbridge, Cairo, Cedartown, Clarkesville, Dawsonville and Perry have in common? All have undergone or are currently undergoing the downtown development process through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership.

Free Speech on Fire – The Flag-Burning Case Turns 25
No case in American history symbolizes tension over freedom of speech more so than Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), the Flag-Burning case.

Mayors’ Day Offers Opportunity to Connect with Legislators, Learn Best Practices
City officials attending GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference January 23-26 in Atlanta are encouraged to invite their House and Senate members to the Monday, Jan. 26 Legislative Networking Breakfast. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House are invited to the breakfast to share their perspectives on the 2015 legislative session, scheduled to start on Jan. 12, 2015.