Film Industry Generates More Than $7 Billion for Georgia’s Economy
In August, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-produced feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.
Unique Museums in Georgia
Georgia's cities are home to several unique museums ranging from the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie to the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus.
The Lure of Georgia’s Wildlife Builds the State’s Economy
Hunters and anglers in Georgia spend a lot of money every year in supplies and equipment to hone their craft and bring home a worthy catch, and their impact sometimes goes unnoticed in public discourse. However, the effect on Georgia’s economy and communities is substantial.
Three Ways Cities Can Navigate the ‘Silver Tsunami’
Cities are now five years into a demographic change that will impact nearly every family in America from now until well beyond 2030. In the face of this change, how can city leaders meet the challenge of connecting available resources to the elderly?
State Program Offers Great Promise to Valdosta City Youth
While it’s normal for high school students to get jobs working in fast food or in retail stores to earn extra money while in school, very few high schoolers have jobs that could lead to stable, long-lasting careers in public service.
Cities Boast Music Greats During 'The Year of Georgia Music'
Many know the names: James Brown, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding and Little Richard. These big-time musicians—and several hundred others—have called Georgia home. Cities across the state celebrate 2016 as “The Year of Georgia Music,” declared by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Watkinsville - The Artland of Georgia
Many historical towns/villages are identified by statues of famous people telling a compelling story of place and culture. Watkinsville does not have such a monument, though its history extends to the beginning of the 19th century. What it does have is art, and a thriving community pride in its growing reputation as the Artland of Georgia.
The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual
This manual from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains the importance of understanding and measuring the built environment and provides a tool for doing so.
Best Social Media Platforms Revealed for Cities
Whether or not cities know it, their residents are talking about them with friends, family and more importantly, publicly on social media. This reality illustrates why the experts at the Government Social Media Organization (GSMO) encourage governments agencies to be a part of those conversations by using social media to tell their stories, listen to residents and have an open dialogue about issues that matter.
Chalking Up a Positive Budgeting Experience
The budgeting process can be challenging, especially when a municipality has spent its reserves during the Great Recession and has lost revenue from a major employer. But, the city of Hapeville—just south of Atlanta—has found the key for developing and implementing its annual budget as a living, breathing plan that’s responsive to citizen- and staff-based input.