Georgia Cities Newspaper

April 2014


Downtowns Benefit From City-College Connections
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.

Op/Ed
City Officials are Powerful Community Activists
Am I a community activist? You bet I am! Because if not you and me, then who?

Stories
New Park to Open Just In Time to House Vidalia Onion Festival
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 accord-ing to Vidalia Finance Director and City Clerk William Bedingfield, the excitement is beginning to grow as each layer of the structure is completed.

Downtown Development Is Economic Development
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.

Locust Grove Opens New Downtown Train Viewing Platform
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.

Georgia City Officials Discuss City Issues with Federal Legislators
Several Georgia city officials traveled to Washington, DC, in March to attend the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference. During the conference, both local and federal leaders stressed the importance of partnership in advancing solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges.

Sylvester Celebrates Georgia Cities Week with a Purpose
The city of Sylvester, population 6,188, makes its Georgia Cities Week a celebration every day for the entire community. For the past five years, the city has ensured at least one activity takes place each day during Georgia Cities Week, being cele-brated this year April 13-19.

Downtown Redevelopment and Retiree Attraction: Good Timing
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.

GMA Convention Goes Live on the Web
GMA and the city of Douglasville TV will once again be teaming up to bring “Live from the Hall” to the GMA Convention. The program features interviews with city officials, vendors from the exhibit hall and speakers from the Annual Convention and is live-streamed on the Internet.

Georgia Legislature Adopts Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act
On the second to last day of the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act. This legislation will create a revolving fund to specifically help redevelop properties across the state, and in the process help revitalize downtowns.

When Dreams Go Awash – Another Water Runoff Disaster
lllSo, Gerry and Judy McManus bought their Lawrenceville dream home with bay windows and large porches on 7.5 acres back in 1997. But, for the past four years they have been embroiled in a nasty little legal spat with Gwinnett County. The McManuses sued Gwinnett County because of water runoff issues.