This article appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
Cities across Georgia have started planning their Georgia Cities Week festivities and events to take place April 23-29. With the theme “Georgia Cities: In the Mix!” cities are incorporating block parties, concerts and fitness activities into their weeks.
The city of Douglasville plans to hold the “Ultimate Block Party” on April 28. Hosted by Main Street Douglasville, the celebration will include family friendly games, vendors and creative photo stations for residents to enjoy.
The city of Dallas will mix music into their Georgia Cities Week celebration as they welcome Sara Evans, country music singer and songwriter, on April 29. The city will also host its annual 5K Race for a Cure.
During this week, other cities will host a variety of different events including city-wide cleanups in conjunction with Keep Georgia Beautiful, recycling events, displays of city equipment, moving council meetings to different locations, coloring and essay contests and holding open houses at city facilities.
Cities are also encouraged to use social media to celebrate and promote their events with the hashtags #GaCities
, and to also send out event reminders via Twitter and Facebook or to post interesting facts about the city to its followers.
Georgia Cities Week sign-up sheets were mailed to cities in December 2016. Resource kits have been mailed out and can also be found online under the Training + Events tab at www.gmanet.com. Participating cities can request additional posters and stickers. GMA encourages all participating cities to share their plans with the association. There are GMA staff members on-hand to assist cities with day-of support as needed. For more information about Georgia Cities Week and to learn more about a GMA team member assisting your city, contact Amy Henderson