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November 7, 2014
Cedartown is the kind of place where residents care about their community and haven’t been shy about expressing how they feel and being involved. But previously their concerns often weren’t focused, according to one official.


November 7, 2014
This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.


November 6, 2014   |  Danny Bivins, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
What do Americus, Bainbridge, Cairo, Cedartown, Clarkesville, Dawsonville and Perry have in common? All have undergone or are currently undergoing the downtown development process through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership.


November 6, 2014
In the 10 months since Terry has been mayor, he, along with the city council and the city staff, have implemented a number of initiatives designed to reach its young and diverse constituency, including events, participatory budgeting, social media and the traditional town hall. At age 31, this millennial mayor is keenly aware that you have to reach people where they are.


October 6, 2014
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.


October 6, 2014
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.


October 6, 2014
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.


September 16, 2014   |  IBM Center for The Business of Government
Participatory budgeting, an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making, began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil. It has since been adopted by 1,000 other cities worldwide and by some U.S. cities as well.


September 5, 2014
In 2010, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop opened its doors in the heart of downtown Thomasville.


September 5, 2014
Several Georgia cities got a piece of the $5.1 billion economic impact generated from the 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia during Fiscal Year 2014. The productions spent at total of $1.4 billion during FY 2014, which ended in June.


September 5, 2014
Craft beer is showing up in Georgia cities big and small. Craft beer — considered the equivalent to a farm-to-table restaurant — is locally brewed beer using superior, often local ingredients serving a small region and produced in small batches.


September 5, 2014
South Georgia has long been known as fertile ground for crops such as to¬bacco, corn, cotton, peanuts and soy beans. But there’s a new crop in town that’s not typically associated with Georgia, or the United States for that matter: olive trees.


August 15, 2014   |  U.S. Conference of Mayors
Jobs gained during the economic recovery from the Great Recession pay an average 23% less than the jobs lost during the recession according to a new report by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).


August 6, 2014
University of Georgia landscape architecture student Erik Lauritsen brought his knowledge home by helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood in his hometown of Conyers through an innovative practicum course initiated by a GMA partnership.


August 4, 2014
On January 1, the cities of Helena and McRae will cease to exist and will instead become one city, the city of McRae-Helena. The combined population of the two cities will be approximately 8,600.


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