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Georgia recognizes award-winning city programs.

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trend magazine announced the winners of their Municipal Trendsetter Awards on January 22 at GMA's 2006 Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta.

The Municipal Trendsetter Award recognizes innovative programs that improve the quality of life in Georgia's cities. The two categories for this year's awards were "Hearing Voices: Community Input in City Government" and "Fiscal Fitness: Stretching Public Dollars."

In the cities with a population under 10,000, Suwanee won for Community Input, and Jesup won for Fiscal Fitness.

Suwanee has experienced explosive growth, but maintains its small-town feel by keeping in touch with its residents. The city listens to its residents and alters its course based on their wants and needs.

The City of Jesup and the surrounding county partnered with the area's largest employer, Rayonier Industries, to provide services, such as recycling, at little or no cost to residents.

Decatur won both the Community Input and the Fiscal Fitness Awards for cities with a population between 10,000 and 25,000.

Decatur won the Community Input award as a result of several different programs that the city used to tap its citizens as resources.

Decatur also won the Fiscal Fitness Award for its Downtown Decatur Streetscape Investment Program, in which the city developed a streetscape improvement master plan and funded the first phase through government grants.

For cities with a population over 25,000, Gainesville won for Community Input and Hinesville won for Fiscal Fitness.

The city of Gainesville won the Award for Community Input for Traffic Trouble to Town Triumph, which responded carefully to citizens' concerns regarding growing traffic problems.

Hinesville won for its fire station built underneath a water tower. The new building improves fire service in the area and the station was built using inmate labor, further reducing the cost of the facility.

Details: For more information about the programs, contact the following: Suwanee, Kristi McCarley, (770) 945-8996; Jesup, Mike Deal, (912) 427-1313; Decatur, Lyn Menne, (404) 371-8386; Gainesville, Catiel Felts, (770) 297-5499; and Hinesville, Lamar Cook, (912) 876-3564.
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Title Annotation:Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine honor
Author:Walkup, Alice
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Feb 6, 2006
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