Georgia Cities Newspaper

October 2014

Cities Drive Georgia’s Tourism Industry
According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.

It’s a Great Season to Reflect on Who and What Makes Our Cities Special
Fall is a favorite time of year for many of us. The leaves begin to change, the temperature gets cooler and cities across the state host festivals and other events that bring crowds of residents and tourists to their downtowns. Georgia’s cities have a lot to offer.

Arts and Tourism Fuel Georgia’s Economic Vitality
touttttThe incredible opportunity that arises in marketing our state through the arts is the ability to unearth local history, celebrating what makes each community unique, and placing a magnifying glass on the story that is distinctly theirs to tell.

Cities Need Sound, Reliable Sales Tax Data
Fall is one of the busiest times of year for city fairs and festivals. Calculating the economic impact of an event that brings tourists to town, however, is hard to do because the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) does not provide cities with jurisdictional sales tax collections data.

Entertainment Complex Slated for Kingsland
The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that clears the way for Epic Resorts Group, LLC to develop EPIC Adventures Resort Kingsland, a $350 million regional entertainment tourism complex on 495 acres of vacant land along Interstate-95 off Exit 3 in Kingsland

Out of Session, GMA’s Lobbyists Continue to Advocate for Cities
GMA’s Governmental Relations staff has been busy this summer preparing for the upcoming 2015 session. When the legislature is not in session, GMA’s lobbyists work to maintain and build relationships with city officials and state and federal legislators, educate legislators on the Association’s policy recommendations and research issues that may affect cities.

State Tourism Grant Program Enhances Creative Options for City Visitors and Residents
Several Georgia cities are enjoying a boost in tourism after completing projects funded with state tourism product development grants.

Geocaching Attracts Tourists to Cities
A modern twist on treasure hunting has captured the interest of more and more people. And now many Georgia cities and other destinations are jumping on the bandwagon as well, recognizing that it’s a good way to stimulate tourism.

Cities’ Responsibility for Outside Inmate Medical Costs Leads Assault on Sovereign Immunity
There is recent news on the sovereign immunity front.