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Tomlinson discusses Columbus' growth as Georgia's second largest city

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Columbus, Ga. has grown in population while Macon and Augusta have lost residents, making Columbus the second largest city in Georgia.  

Currently, Columbus is growing two times faster than the state itself. The population in Columbus is now about 202,000 people. The city has seen a 6.8 percent increase since 2010.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says the vibrancy and character of the city, along with the urban environment and mid-city size, are attracting visitors and residents.

With Fort Benning right next door, the military drawdown can have an immediate impact on the city's economy, according to Tomlinson. However, she feels the city is well poised with incentives, and that the city will retain civilian jobs.

"We do provide incentives, and get jobs, but those employees decide to live outside our county lines because of our outdated tax structure, and some of the amenities some our surrounding counties were beginning to offer. But the truth is we have the best medical system, we have the best school system, we have the best amenities in the region," Tomlinson says.

The Mayor also believes that as the city improves, and does exciting things—such as whitewater, Columbus State University expansions, the high speed rail, and increases the workforce—that the city will become much more competitive for jobs than other urban cities in this region.

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