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Columbus, LaGrange receive 2018 Live, Work, Play City award

(Source: City of LaGrange) (Source: City of LaGrange)
Pictured from left to right, front row; LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, City Manager Meg Kelsey, City Councilman Dr. Tom Gore. Back row; City Councilman Nathan Gaskin, City Councilman Mark Mitchell, City Councilman Jim Arrington (Source: City of LaGrange) Pictured from left to right, front row; LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, City Manager Meg Kelsey, City Councilman Dr. Tom Gore. Back row; City Councilman Nathan Gaskin, City Councilman Mark Mitchell, City Councilman Jim Arrington (Source: City of LaGrange)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The cities of Columbus and LaGrange both received recognition with the Live, Work, Play City award presented at this year’s Mayors’ Day conference in Atlanta.

The award is presented by the Georgia Municipal Association in conjunction with Georgia Trend magazine.

Each of the nine cities awarded has fostered projects and initiatives resulting in increased civic involvement and improved quality of life for area residents and draws visitors.

The award is given to three cities in the three categories of small (population under 4,999), medium (5,000-24,999), and large (more than 25,000) cities.

Both Columbus and LaGrange received the award as part of the large city category.

Judges, including Georgia Power’s office of Community and Economic Impact, the Department of Community Affairs and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, praised the cities for their success in job growth, housing offerings and recreational amenities.

“These nine cities truly embody well-rounded com communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “GMA is honored to serve all of our member cities and especially proud of these award recipients.”

Other cities receiving the award include Chickamauga, Porterdale, Summerville, Cartersville, Decatur, Thomasville and Athens-Clarke County.

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