Friday, April 20, 2012

FORBES - Top 10 cities

Post by Mike Flynn

Here is a list by Forbes ranking the top 10 cities in the US based on growth rate. Texas is kicking tail right now with 4 of the top 10. Atlanta barely makes the list at number 10. Red States grab 6 of the top spots and swing state North Carolina grabs another 2.

Forbes - Top 10 fastest growing cities in the US.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Keys to a growing community.

Post by Mike Flynn
The Macon Telegraph

This is a good story in the Macon paper which points out that Warner Robins is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Maybe there are lessons to be learned from them.

Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker attributed metro Warner Robins’ growth to a variety of factors, including a low crime rate, good school system, low cost of living and the overall quality of life in the community. Many people move here to work at Robins Air Force Base, then stay here when they retire, contributing to a continuous source of growth, he said.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New city formation talk is picking up steam.

Post by Mike Flynn
WALB Story on formation of a new city.

While the language isn't exactly accurate, the thrust of the story is. The group talking about this movement won't like the word secede. They aren't seceding, they are forming a new city.

Judging from the comments below the WALB story you can begin to understand why this is a popular idea. The majority of dollars generated from sales tax and property tax are in the Northwest section of the city and county, but the majority of the dollars generated aren't spent in improving that area.

I can tell you from contact with the group, they are frustrated that the consolidation issue was never put before them at the polls, and they feel they will have better luck in Atlanta. From what I have been told, this is a top down process. Local leaders can rally against it, but they have no legal authority to stop it.

Nathan is correct it will take years, but this has been done before. This group does not have to reinvent the wheel.