Lawrenceville, Duluth receive Live, Work, Play Awards from GMA

The Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend magazine recently named Lawrenceville and Duluth were named top places for people to “live, work and play.”

The cities received Live, Work, Play Awards during the the municipal association’s Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta. They were joined by Canton and Valdosta in receiving the awards, according to officials in Lawrenceville and Duluth.

“These cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson said in a statement.

“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.”

In announcing their awards, each city touted their own accomplishments from recent years.

Lawrenceville officials said it received its award for “advancing job creation, housing offerings and recreational amenities.” In the last year, the city began its college corridor project, broke ground on its SouthLawn mixed-use development and laid the ground work for other projects including a new Lawrenceville Housing Authority community and a performing arts center.

Construction also began on the City View mixed-use development which sits on a hill overlooking the Lawrenceville Square.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in community development and growth,” Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said in a statement. “It is even more reassuring when you are honored by your peers — other cities — who are working to achieve similar goals, but unique to their own communities.”

Meanwhile, Duluth highlighted the fact that one local media outlet named it the second best suburb in metro Atlanta last year and AARP included the city in its list of the 10 best places to live for communities that have less than 40,000 residents.

Partnership Gwinnett also presented an innovation award to the city for its partnership with Uber to promote rides in the city while the The District at Duluth and Park at Parsons communities brought a total of 406 new residential housing units into the city.

“Downtown anticipates the addition of 8 retail opportunities in 2019 to add destination walkability,” Duluth officials said. “Construction of a walkable downtown connector park linking an adjacent subdivision was also begun showcasing the City of Duluth’s continued commitment to its community.”

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