Athens-Clarke County is one of nine cities throughout Georgia to have been bestowed with the 2018 Live, Work, Play City Award.
Mayor Nancy Denson recently accepted the award from the Georgia Municipal Association at the association’s annual Mayors’ Day conference in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Georgia Municipal Association along with Georgia Trend Magazine coordinated the award, as reported in The Red & Black.
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The annual award’s recipients are recognized for their efforts in creating jobs, opening the housing market and implementing recreational opportunities for the community. Cities throughout the state were surveyed based on their population size to determine the three categories for the winners.
Athens-Clarke County, along with Columbus and LaGrange, won the award for the “large cities in Georgia” category and as such will be featured in Georgia Trend magazine’s February 2018 issue.
Larry Hanson, executive director for the Georgia Municipal Association, said in a press release that each of the nine cities chosen “truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike.”
“They also serve as examples for local governments across Georgia,” he said. “Officials in these cities have demonstrated advanced problem-solving, exceptional management and teamwork to increase the overall quality of life for all residents.”
Denson said she felt “honored” that Athens-Clarke County had been chose to receive this award.
“It is gratifying to be recognized for the many things that help make this community such a special place to live, work, and play,” Denson said.