“We’re not building the Taj Mahal.” Have you ever heard a public official use those words to describe a new public project? The reference is to the perception of opulence, a monument to one’s own self-importance. But in not building the Taj Mahal, what are we building?
According to Sabrina Cape, Certified Public Accountant at Capable Financial Solutions, municipal fiscal sustainability is more than just a math exercise of balancing revenues to expenditures. She says it’s also a matter of evaluating (or reevaluating) what kinds and levels of services cities will provide before they determine how to fund those services.
Thanks to recent efforts by several Georgia cities, including Hawkinsville, St. Marys, Columbus and Darien, and programs by organizations such as the Yellow River Trail Network, Georgia River Network and the Georgia Conservancy, there is a heightened awareness of Georgia’s rivers and people now have more access to enjoy the beauty and peace the rivers offer.
Just as the Vidalia Sweet Onion, makes its appearance in early spring, so will Vidalia’s newest project. The Vidalia City Park is now in the final stages of completion and according to Vidalia Finance Director and City Clerk William Bedingfield, the excitement is beginning to grow as each layer of the structure is completed.
Cities across Georgia continue to operate in a hyper-competitive environment; the competition for investment opportunities has intensified and the current state of the global marketplace has created challenges not witnessed in generations.
The city of Locust Grove has a new amenity that is attracting visitors to its downtown. The city recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new train viewing platform—a years-long vision that became a reality.
More than 10,000 Americans turn 60 every day and that figure will increase to over 12,500 a day through 2020.The Census Bureau projects that Americans 65 and older will make up 19 percent of the population by 2030.
With several studies and real life experiences show¬ing that young people want to be near amenities like restaurants, shops and recreational facilities, cities and colleges are reaping the benefits of connection and collaboration.
The city of Kennesaw took top honors in the medium-sized companies division of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers Award. The city placed fourth in 2013.
It’s long been established that physical activity improves well-being. But what would the benefits be if getting around on foot or bicycle to the office, school or the grocery store were possible through a transportation network that included sidewalks, bike trails and easy access to public transit?
Named after the former African-American vocational school, the Fairmont community in the city of Griffin is classified as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food deserts are areas in which “at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.”
Cities across Georgia are leading employees and residents on a journey towards good health. The cities of Douglas, Decatur and McDonough are all examples of how cities can help their employees and their resi¬dents lead of life where wellness is a priority.
A community’s health is not only measured in the bodily health of its residents, but also in its ability to both weather and adapt to change. The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program is helping communities consider both of these factors through the lens of school location.
The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.
Dr. James Johnson, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussed disruptive economics during GMA's 2014 Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta, noting that the country and Georgia are becoming more diverse and older.