Over time, all communities experience changes that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies. Economically resilient towns, cities, and regions adapt to changing conditions and even reinvent their economic bases if necessary.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) released a new industry impact report – “Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts.” This report contains a series of case studies and project studies that illuminate the positive impact of the arts as an economic development tool in Georgia’s communities.
This GMA hosted webinar features staff from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sharing information on programs and funding opportunities offered through its Rural Development division.
In March of 2014, Thomasville residents and community leaders came together to craft a vision for a new Creative District in an area of downtown formerly known as “The Bottom.” All stakeholders believed that this Creative District should embrace the geographic context of the land, and, at the same time, express Thomasville’s rich cultural heritage.
In 2014, ArtPlace awarded the College Hill Alliance $125,000 to support its effort to host Central Georgia’s first maker festival. The event aims to position Macon regionally as a leader in creative placemaking and innovation.
In several cities throughout Georgia, officials are supporting art projects that recognize local individuals who have made stellar achievements in sports, military service, business and more. Other communities are using visual art projects to enhance and beautify their communities as well as increase visitors to specific areas.
During the 2015 legislative session the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation that provides for a major change to existing laws governing taxicabs, limousines, and ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft.
With more than 12,000 students, the University of West Georgia (UWG) has become a vital asset to the city of Carrollton and to the surrounding region.
Four years ago, the city of Waynesboro celebrated the opening of its Greenway Trail that includes an exercise course and links downtown to schools, library, recreation and several neighborhoods.
While many Georgia cities enjoy good working relationships with colleges and universities within their boundaries, there are often challenges and unrealized opportunity to improve collaborations.
This GMA webinar on protecting your city's data was done in partnership with Sophicity and was recorded live during a regional workshop on Friday, April 24, 2015. Nathan Eisner of Sophicity was the presenter.
In this video presentation, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown provides an overview of the Hall County Joint Municipal Association, a tool used in Hall County to facilitate collaboration between the cities and county on a variety of issues.
What do communities get for their investments in Complete Streets? In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal.
In his TEDXAugusta talk on January 30, 2015, Deke Copenhaver, the former mayor of Augusta, Georgia, highlights how cities should be viewed as organisms where all sectors need to be healthy in order to achieve sustainable prosperity.
Only three months into its existence, the recently merged city of McRae-Helena has already overcome numerous obstacles, encountered new challenges and planned for the future.