The Georgia Municipal Association in partnership with Georgia Trend magazine, has released the list of communities throughout the state that it deems the best to live work and play. The cities given this distinction were chosen for their efforts in advancing job creation, housing offerings, and recreational amenities.

Nine Georgia cities received the 2019 Live, Work, Play Award Sunday at the association’s annual Mayor’s Day conference.

The nine cities were awarded based on three population categories—small (population under 4,999), Medium (5,000-24,999) and Large (more than 25,000). These cities will be featured in the February 2019 issue of Georgia Trend.

Recipients of the 2019 Live, Work, Play Cities Award were: 

Small City Category

  • Avondale Estates
  • Senoia

Medium City Category

  • Carrollton
  • Tifton
  • Toccoa

Large City Category 

  • Canton
  • Duluth
  • Lawrenceville
  • Valdosta

Judges for the 2019 Live, Work, Play Cities Award represented Georgia Power’s office of Community & Economic Impact, the Department of Community Affairs, the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

In addition to being recognized during the municipal association’s Mayors’ Day, winning cities will be highlighted in the association’s monthly newspaper, Georgia’s Cities.

“These nine cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said Georgia Municipal Association Executive Director Larry Hanson. “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.”

Based in Atlanta, the Georgia Municipal Association is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit, and technical consulting services to its 538 member cities.

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