A devoted effort to revive the heart of a northwest Georgia manufacturing community took shape this spring through an innovative economic development collaboration with the University Of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute Of Government, Chattanooga’s Lyndhurst Foundation and GMA.
Team spirit goes a long way toward building a sense of community, no matter where you live. Cities and towns across the state have options beyond the well-known national professional teams for football, baseball and basketball. Though some have not heard of these teams, they are building strong followings and drawing national and international attention to their home cities.
During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation which legalizes consumer fireworks to be sold and to be used in the State of Georgia.
Local governments spend up to 10% of their operating budgets on energy. Solar power is one way local governments in Georgia can improve energy efficiency, lower costs, and serve as an environmentally friendly leader in their communities.
During the summer of 2015, Megan Hull, a student from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design, assisted the city of Toccoa on a number of projects. Hull brought her design skills as a Landscape Architecture student and applied them to a variety of Toccoa’s needs ranging from designing “parklets” in the city’s downtown to beautifying gateway corridors on common routes into the downtown to creating a unified approach to signage throughout the city.
The city of Porterdale shares many of the characteristics of small towns across the state, including a limited budget, a small staff and limited resources for development. Yet, even with these challenges, over 10 years ago the city’s leadership committed to planning Porterdale’s future by thinking big and looking for every opportunity to create value for one of the state’s most intact mill villages.
Nationwide, towns and cities are putting themselves on the map and striving to remain top of mind with business, industry and tourism. Consider New York: The Big Apple and Los Angeles: The City of Angels. While not at first familiar nicknames, consistent marketing helped these monikers take hold and stick.
The city of Watkinsville, known as the “Artland of Georgia,” recently installed several sculptures in its downtown. The sculptures and a series of art panels represent two pop-up exhibitions designed to enhance public spaces in the city and encourage conversations on the importance of art in this community of 2,800.
Learning how to bank on natural resources, special events, history, landmarks and new development is key to cities attracting visitors, businesses and even new residents to their communities.
Spring has arrived in Georgia, bringing with it one of its sure sign – mosquitoes. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and GMA are encouraging cities to take action to reduce the state’s mosquito population.
In the summer of 2015, the city of Chamblee was invited to participate in the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a partnership of GMA, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the College of Environment and Design. City staff and the Chamblee Downtown Development Authority (DDA) worked with senior UGA landscape architecture student Juan da Silva to create design options for Chamblee’s historic commercial business district Peachtree Road.
Villa Rica residents and visitors to the city’s downtown will soon be introduced to Reverse Angle Parking (RAP). According to the city’s website, RAP is a safer type of angle parking.
The 35 years that preceded the incorporation of Sandy Springs in 2005 saw the area transform from a predominately rural area to the second most populated community in Metro Atlanta.
Every Georgia downtown has a building or set of buildings that the community deems cannot be lost under any circumstance. These legacy buildings have survived time and fate to become etched in the collective memories of each citizen and visitor as “sacred” ground.
Ball Ground city officials recently adopted a new slogan: “We Roll Out the Red Carpet—Not the Red Tape,” which symbolizes their philosophy on dealing with the Ball Ground business community and the way they took action to restore a declining downtown.