Archive of: Economic Development

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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 - 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
2006 Cities of Excellence - Suwanee

2006 Cities of Excellence - Suwanee

Suwanee mayor Nick Masino, whose city won a Trendsetter Award in the Hearing Voices category for small cities, says he is no politician. Yet he has been enjoying a political life that's the dream of most elected officials - running for office with no opposition.

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

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 - 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 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

Georgia Aquarium: The Wow Factor

Atlanta's just-opened Georgia Aquarium is to most aquariums what Home Depot is to most hardware stores - vastly larger, far different from the norm and filled with a huge and diverse inventory.

January 2006

Georgia Catches Up

Inflation-adjusted gross state product will increase by 3.2 percent, better than the 3 percent we expect for 2005 when the final numbers are in. Better news: The pace of job growth will nearly double from 0.7 percent in 2005 to 1.3 percent in 2006.

January 2006
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