ACC-mail :: What's New with the Unified Government

ACC-mail :: November 29, 2017

What's New with the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County

  • Unified Government FY17 Annual Report Available Online
  • Southeast Clarke Park Master Plan Revision Online Comment Open Until Dec. 12
  • Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan Public Comment Period Ends Nov. 30
  • WATCH: Judge N. Kent Lawrence Portrait Unveiling Ceremony Video
  • Downtown Athens Parade of Lights on Dec. 7
  • Athens Creative Development Campus Public/Private Partnership Announced
  • Manager's Snapshot - November Edition + WATCH: October Snapshot Six Video
  • Athens-Clarke County Selected for National What Works Cities Initiative
  • WATCH: Introducing the New ACC Sustainability Office Video
  • WATCH: "CONNECT" Clarke County School District Student Biennial Art Exhibit Video
Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report

Unified Government FY17 Annual Report Available Online

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Annual Report is now available online at

The report highlights some significant programs, services, and accomplishments of the Unified Government during July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 in each of the six strategic commitments approved by the Mayor and Commission for FY17.

  • Informed & Engaged Citizens
  • Healthy, Livable, & Sustainable Athens-Clarke County
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Safe & Prepared Community
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Accountable & Responsive Government
These commitments communicate what Athens-Clarke County residents should expect from the Unified Government.
Southeast Clarke Park Master Plan Revision

Southeast Clarke Park Master Plan Revision Public Comment Open Until Dec. 12

Revisions to the Southeast Clarke Park Master Plan are being proposed to update the master plan graphic and enhance the proposed amenities at the park. The revisions include an expansion to the skate park, the addition of more pickleball courts, basketball courts, and a running track with a multi-purpose field inside it. 

An opportunity to review and provide comments online on the plan revision is available until December 12 at 5:00 p.m. For details and to comment online, visit

Athens in Motion Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan

Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan Public Comment Period Ends Nov. 30 

The Unified Government is in the process of developing a bike/pedestrian master plan known as the Athens In Motion Plan. The Athens In Motion Plan will identify a clear strategy for near and long-term projects that will result in a safe, connected, and equitable bike and pedestrian network for Athens-Clarke County.

Deadlines to provide feedback through both a wikimap (an interactive online map that visitors can use to identify existing conditions and potential improvements) and the online comment form were extended until Thursday, Nov. 30. Access both at

The recently-approved TSPLOST 2018 program includes funding for projects that will be identified as part of the Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan.

WATCH: Judge N. Kent Lawrence Portrait Unveiling Ceremony Video

Watch highlights from the ceremony unveiling the portrait of former State Court Judge N. Kent Lawrence that took place on Friday, November 17.

Judge Lawrence started the Athens-Clarke County DUI Court, which was the first DUI Court in Georgia, and later received the National Center for DUI Courts' highest honor for his leadership in DUI/DWI programs.

The video of the ceremony is available at or

Downtown Parade of Lights on December 7

Downtown Athens Parade of Lights on Dec. 7

The annual Downtown Parade of Lights will take place on Thursday, December 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 2017 theme is "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

This popular community event is fun for all ages and ends with a visit from Santa Claus himself to light the 2017 Community Christmas Tree on the corner of College Avenue and Washington Street.

For more information and a parade map, visit

Athens Creative Development Campus

Athens Creative Development Campus Public/Private Partnership Announced

On Tuesday, November 21, the Mayor and Commission agreed to a letter of intent with Athens Hospitality Holdings Group, LLC to partner in the development of property located between Jackson Street and College Avenue at 250 Strong Street in downtown Athens, Georgia.

The Strong Street property, in front of Hotel Indigo, is currently a surface parking lot owned by the Unified Government and operated by the Athens Downtown Development Authority.

The letter of intent specifies terms for the creation of an agreement to construct the Athens Creative Development Campus, a mixed-use development that will tie into the Hotel Indigo and include offices for the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department, business incubation facilities that will be owned by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, co-working space, hotel rooms, dining, and multi-purpose space.

Find out more about the announcement and the campus at

Manager's Snapshot - November Edition & WATCH: October Snapshot Six Video

The newest edition (November) of the monthly Manager's Snapshot is now available. 

Snapshot is organized by the six strategic commitments that the Mayor and Commission have developed to communicate what citizens should expect from their local government.

A new video feature that debuted in October is the Snapshot Six, a highlight of a few items in each month's Snapshot. The October Snapshot Six debut is now online, while the November one is currently in production.

To download the most recent Snapshot, read past versions, view the Snapshot Six video, or sign up for email or text notifications when a new Snapshot is released, visit

What Works City

Athens-Clarke County Selected for National What Works Cities Initiative

On October 31, Manager Blaine Williams announced that Athens-Clarke County had been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ national What Work Cities initiative, one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Athens-Clarke County will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build its capacity to address local issues using data and evidence.

Through the What Works Cities program, Athens-Clarke County will establish and improve performance management programs to set, track, and share progress toward priority goals, strengthen accountability, and achieve better results. These performance analytics will measure and communicate progress internally and to the public on economic prosperity priorities.

For more information, visit

WATCH: Introducing the New Sustainability Office Video

The new Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Sustainability Office started operations on July 1 as part of the FY18 Budget (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). 

The Sustainability Office works as a steward of public resources by promoting innovative practices and policies to reduce the Unified Government's environmental footprint, grow the local economy, and foster a thriving community by networking staff, ideas, and resources across departments and throughout the community to achieve outcomes supported by a long-term sustainability plan.

Watch a video produced this fall about the new office and find out more at

WATCH: "CONNECT" Clarke County School District Student Biennial Art Exhibit Video

Every two years, the Lyndon House Arts Center showcases the work of Clarke County School District students in an art exhibit.

This year's exhibit is titled CONNECT to describe how art is a wonderful way to discuss the needs of our time, to describe who we are, and to reach out to our neighbor, our city and beyond. 

Each artist in grades Pre-K to 12 use their experience and creativity to investigate a theme through painting, fiber, printmaking, sculpture and more.

The CONNECT exhibit is open through January 13, 2018. Watch the video about the exhibit at or

ACC-mail is an occasional, brief e-mail newsletter providing information about the events, services, and activities of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.

ACC-mail is maintained by the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office
(706-613-3795 /

Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus