Municipal Desk Reference

Economic Development

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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.

Published Date: April 4, 2014

Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District in Atlanta, talks about his organization’s efforts to turn an affluent suburban business district into a “walkable, livable urban center” – and what he has learned along the way.

Published Date: March 11, 2014

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.

Published Date: March 6, 2014

Bill Underwood, president of Mercer University, talks about why his college has partnered with the city of Macon, Georgia to revitalize a neighborhood near the campus.

Published Date: February 11, 2014

It has been a long standing tradition within the Georgia Main Street program to develop a strong network between practitioners and experts to build best practices in Georgia’s downtowns.

Published Date: February 6, 2014

In January, GeorgiaForward kicked off its second annual Young Gamechangers program in Dublin convening 34 of the state’s most promising young leaders, with the goal of helping the community “re-vision’” itself as a vibrant 21st century community.

Published Date: February 6, 2014

Nancy Harris, mayor of Duluth, Georgia, talks about the reason her suburban Atlanta city – or any city – invests in the arts. It’s not for the theater, music, paintings or sculptures resulting from those investments, she explains. And it’s not for the artists themselves. It’s for the people the arts attract.

Published Date: December 10, 2013

Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.

Published Date: November 22, 2013

At 57%, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of public school students that come from low-income households.

Published Date: October 18, 2013

Individuals with a bachelor degree or higher earn 2.6 times more than someone with less than a high school diploma and have an unemployment rate that is significantly lower.

Published Date: September 26, 2013

Gov. Deal recently announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has awarded $178,730 in product development grants to 13 tourism and art entities across the state.

Published Date: September 13, 2013

A collaborative of nonprofit organizations, including Center for Community Progress, has released the comprehensive Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual to guide stakeholders through the process of creating new – and working with existing – land bank authorities.

Published Date: June 26, 2013

How can Americus and Sumter County—a mostly agricultural community with a population of approximately 17,000, about the same at its height in 1901—become a destination for the young, entrepreneurial and/or retirees?

Published Date: December 7, 2012

Frank Turner talks about how private foundations can work effectively with cities on community development projects. Turner was the longtime city manager of Covington, Georgia and a trustee of a local foundation, the Arnold Fund. Over the years, he found ways of making each of these roles work on behalf of the community. He explains how he did it and what other foundations could learn from his experiences.

Published Date: September 10, 2012

Scott Tigchelaar, president of a movie studio south of Atlanta, talks about how businesses can work with cities, sometimes with surprising results.

Published Date: August 9, 2012