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June 10, 2016
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.


June 10, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
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.


June 9, 2016
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.


May 31, 2016   |  Carl Vinson Institute of Government
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. 


May 11, 2016
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.


May 11, 2016   |  Josephine Kelly
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.


May 11, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
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.


May 10, 2016
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.


May 10, 2016   |  Gale Gay
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. 


April 13, 2016
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.


April 11, 2016
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.


April 11, 2016
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. 


April 11, 2016
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.


April 11, 2016
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.


April 11, 2016
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.


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