By Tia Lynn Ivey
The City of Madison was one of nine Georgia cities to be honored with the 2017 Live, Work, Play City Award. The award is given out by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trend Magazine every year at the annual Mayor’s Day Conference in Atlanta. On January 22, city representatives accepted the award on behalf of Madison.
“These nine cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “They also serve as examples for local governments across Georgia. Officials in these cities have demonstrated advanced problem-solving, exceptional management and teamwork to increase the overall quality of life for all residents. GMA is honored to serve all of our member cities and especially proud of these award recipients.”
“Madison is proud to be a recipient of this award in its inaugural year! Mayor Perriman accepted the recognition on behalf of the City at the Mayors’ Day Conference,” stated a city newsletter. “Sometimes it is easy to overlook all the effort that goes on behind the scenes to keep our community safe, healthy, and vibrant and Madison a great place to Live-Work-Play. Mayor Perriman would like to congratulate Manager David Nunn and his team, who provide great service day-in and day-out without expectation of special recognition. The award committee particularly noted that much of what recommended Madison for this honor were a result of hard work of citizen boards and other volunteers whose efforts range from greenspace conservation to downtown development, from cemetery stewardship to historic preservation, and from corridor management to housing opportunity. The degree to which these groups work together to achieve layered results was also specifically recognized. As a small, rural community, Madison is indeed fortunate to have amenities uncommon for towns of similar size and circumstance: athletic facilities including an aquatic center (thanks Morgan County!), arts and cultural institutions (great job Cultural Center!), and an expanding passive parks and trails system (welcome Lambert Part, opening 2017!). Meanwhile, Downtown continues to thrive, improve, and expand with business and living opportunities. Aside from the limelight, receiving a Live-Work-Play City Award has been especially gratifying because it offers us a chance to pause and reflect. We are grateful to all individuals and organizations, public and private, who have worked so hard to make Madison such a beautiful and active community.”
According to the GMA, “Though each city provides different services, contest judges praised the winning cities for their success in advancing job creation, housing offerings and recreational amenities. Judges for the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award represented Georgia Power’s office of Community & Economic Impact, the Department of Community Affairs and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In addition to being recognized during GMA’s Mayors’ Day, winning cities will be highlighted in the association’s monthly newspaper, Georgia’s Cities.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 521 member cities.