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Athens-Clarke County

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz wants to spur development in the area around the nexus of Chase Street, Barber Street and Newton Bridge Road with a government device called a “Tax Allocation District.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Mar. 26, 2019


With solar panels and a green roof up top, the building will meet LEED gold standard, according to NAI Elrod. Construction is set to begin shortly on the 31,663 square foot building — 19,256 square feet of office space and 12,138 square feet of retail space on a small lot that is now a tiny private parking lot.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Mar. 14, 2019


It’s funded by the Athens-Clarke County government and a private foundation. Its intent is to give those at-risk young people a chance to learn job skills while helping out some of Athens’ most vulnerable.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Mar. 12, 2019


The new office will “place a range of community needs at center stage, including youth development work and efforts to significantly improve economic mobility,” noted a news release issued by the county.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Mar. 11, 2019


Fare-free transit is one of the best ways the local government could help ease Athens’ grinding poverty, District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson said in a recent budget-planning session as commissioners discussed that and other ways the government could alleviate Athens’ poverty rate.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Mar. 5, 2019


RapidSOS gives 911 dispatchers access to the Next Generation 911 Clearinghouse, which receives real-time location data from smartphones, Internet-connected cars, “wearables” such as smart watches and fitness trackers and other devices, according to police.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Feb. 25, 2019


The committee members have to whittle those $1.2 billion proposals down to a little under $400 million, though their ultimate target is about $248 million. The mayor and commission could still decide to set a higher target for collections when they ask Athens-Clarke voters to extend the tax in a November referendum.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Feb. 18, 2019


Milken Institute recently announced their 2018 list of the top small cities in the country for job and economic growth, with Athens jumping to No. 8 in the most recent ranking. Athens moved up 34 spots from 2017′s rankings
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Feb. 12, 2019


Athens-Clarke County Commissioners found some common ground in a day-long retreat Friday where they discussed issues such as criminal justice reform, anti-poverty measures and following through on redevelopment studies for some of Athens’ major highway corridors.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Feb. 11, 2019


The vote will allow developers to proceed with redeveloping the land where the Varsity sits as well as a number of surrounding parcels — almost all of a 6.7-acre area bounded by Milledge Avenue and Broad, Reese and Chase streets.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald | Posted: Feb. 8, 2019


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