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Georgia County Excellence Awards

Georgia County Excellence Awards

Georgia is the 24th biggest state in the union but it has the second highest number of counties. That's 159 local governments crammed into a tight space, all of them scrambling to provide services for their citizens, accentuating their limited capacities for revenue generation, competing with one another for business, or joining forces to maximize their collective resources.

March 2006

Who's Slowing Job Growth?

Atlanta's jobs will grow by only 1.8 percent next year, fifth best in the state for a city that is typically number one or two. Four metropolitan areas will grow faster: Columbus (3 percent) Brunswick (2.9 percent), Savannah (2.5 percent) and Valdosta (2 percent). What will be holding Atlanta back in 2006? Does it have something to do with recent headlines?

March 2006
Special Commendation: A Shining Example

Special Commendation: A Shining Example

Seven counties joined forces in a precedent-setting effort to create the Middle Flint Regional E911 Authority. Schley, Dooly, Macon, Marion, Sumter, Taylor and Webster counties formed the authority in late 2001 to provide 911 service for all their residents.

March 2006
2006 Cities of Excellence - Gainesville

2006 Cities of Excellence - Gainesville

The only uniforms you'll see at the Gainesville Citizens' Government Academy are those worn by local cops giving a lecture on crime prevention.

February 2006

Tourism Boosters

As the nation's fifth largest metropolitan area in terms of the size of its travel and tourism industry, Atlanta is behind only New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The metro area also ranks fifth in terms of total tourism employment, with about 160,000 jobs in tourism-related industries.

February 2006
2006 Cities of Excellence - Hinesville

2006 Cities of Excellence - Hinesville

By encouraging everyone he works with to throw out ideas, Hinesville city manager Billy Edwards not only saved his town a lot of money, he also helped it capture the 2006 Trendsetter Award for cities of more than 25,000 in the Fiscal Fitness: Stretching the Public Dollar category.

February 2006

Building On A Brand

Atlanta Life CEO Ronald D. Brown leads a company with a rich history, a social commitment and a special place in the Atlanta business community.

February 2006
2006 Cities of Excellence - Jesup

2006 Cities of Excellence - Jesup

Things are dirt cheap in Jesup, and that's just the way city officials want to keep it. In fact, Jesup lays claim to being the cheapest place in Georgia for purchasing municipal basics. By providing inexpensive services - and a little fun - to its citizens with a dash of small town eccentricity, Jesup charmed the judges into awarding it the top Trendsetter Cities prize in the Fiscal Fitness category for cities with populations of less than 10,000.

February 2006
2006 Cities of Excellence - Decatur

2006 Cities of Excellence - Decatur

A short time after Decatur leaders learned the city had nailed top honors in two separate Trendsetter Award categories, Mayor Bill Floyd was sitting in the local Starbucks musing on a possible connection between stretching the public dollar and encouraging more public input in government.

February 2006
2006 TrendSetter Cities Of Excellence

2006 TrendSetter Cities Of Excellence

For the seventh year Georgia Trend and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) are continuing a partnership to recognize municipalities that have taken unusual steps to get the maximum from their budgets and widen citizens' participation in local government.

February 2006
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