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Feb. 27th, 2013
For Immediate Release

CLARKSTON TO STUDY REVITALIZATION OF TOWN CENTER
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE EXPERT PANEL TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS

(CITY OF CLARKSTON)—The City of Clarkston has been selected by the Urban Land Institute of Atlanta (ULI Atlanta) to receive assistance in addressing issues regarding land development and business cultivation within the City. ULI’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the Atlanta region, consisting of Georgia, Alabama and Eastern Tennessee. Drawing from its membership base of qualified professionals, ULI Atlanta will offer objective and responsible guidance to the City of Clarkston on a variety of land use and real estate issues ranging from site-specific projects to public policy questions.

Through initial discussions between Clarkston staff and representatives from ULI Atlanta, a situational abstract was developed to provide an overview of the proposed TAP’s mission and objectives. The abstract explains the City’s desire to gain a better understanding of the unmet retail and office needs of both immigrant and non-immigrant populations within the City. Additionally, the abstract addresses the City’s desire to become a destination for non-resident patrons of businesses, become an attractive place for private investment and to become a more attractive place to live for new residents. The work of the TAP panel will focus on the following:
1. Assess the unmet retail, entertainment and restaurant needs within Clarkston
2. Define a more successful downtown/central business district for Clarkston
3. Identify needed improvements to public infrastructure
4. Outline new economic and regulatory policies to encourage downtown investment and development

“The formation of the TAP for Clarkston will position the City to address its need for improved business development and land use policy development in a deliberate but “out of the box” manner. We want to take a realistic look at how we can achieve our goal of revitalizing our Central Business District. We feel that by including real-estate development professionals in the discussion, along with other local stakeholders, the City will receive “real world” recommendations around how best to proceed, states City Manager Keith Barker.”

As a result of the TAP panel process, Clarkston will receive a full report outlining recommended actions and strategies in each of the four (4) focused categories, a slideshow presentation that outlines key recommendations from the report, and a marketing/branding plan for attracting development to the City.

The entire process is anticipated to last approximately six (6) months. The highlight of the program will be a 1.5-day workshop for the TAP panelists, Staff and invited guests/stakeholders. The workshop is scheduled for March 7th and 8th, 2013, and will be held at the Clarkston Community Center. The public is invited to attend the workshop on March 8th, 2013 at from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to hear the initial TAP Panel report.

 

 

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Clarkston Hires First Ever Planning & Development Manager
 

Clarkston, Ga. –Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker today announced the appointment of Mr.

Jason Gaines as the City’s first ever Planning & Development Manager. Mr. Gaines comes to Clarkston after a combined seven years of service to Cobb County Government; with two years served in Cobb’s Community Development Agency and five years served in the Cobb Department of Transportation. During his tenure at Cobb, Mr. Gaines made numerous lasting contributions, including work on Cobb’s Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), oversight of annexation proceedings and service delivery agreements with Cobb’s six incorporated cities, development of the County’s Complete Streets Policy, as well as work on numerous corridor-and-small-area studies.

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CITY OF CLARKSTON TO HOST U-8 REGIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT AT MILAM PARK

Clarkston, GA – October 31ST, 2012, The City of Clarkston will host a Regional U-8 Regional Tennis Tournament on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The tournament, sponsored by the United States Tennis Association Georgia Junior Tennis Program will bring nine teams to the beautiful Milam Park facility coming from Columbus, Athens, Duluth, Newnan, Atlanta, Sandy Springs and, Clarkston.  “We are very excited about hosting this event and we hope that the  players will have a great time on and off the court as they travel together and play together with their teams!, states Mary Dillon, Managing Director of Jr. Team Tennis, USTA Georgia.

INFLUENCING CULTURE THROUGH LOVE IN ACTION.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Drew Benton
Phone: 404.664.8095
Email: drew@projectlivelove.com
Web: projectlivelove.com

LIVE LOVE, GOLDEN KEY, PARTNERSHIP TO BENEFIT CLARKSTON REFUGEES

Roswell, Georgia, May 17, 2012 - Project Live Love (www.projectlivelove.com), a non-profit organization in Roswell, Georgia, will be partnering with the Golden Key International Honour Society (www.goldenkey.com) Global Stand service event to serve the refugee community in Clarkston, Ga on July 28th, 2012. ThGlobal Stand service event will be part of Golden Key’s 2012 International Summit taking place July 26-29, in which hundreds of scholars from around the world will gather in Atlanta.

Press Release
Clarkston Hires First Ever Planning & Development Manager

Clarkston, Ga. –Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker today announced the appointment of Mr.

Jason Gaines as the City’s first ever Planning & Development Manager. Mr. Gaines comes to Clarkston after a combined seven years of service to Cobb County Government; with two years served in Cobb’s Community Development Agency and five years served in the Cobb Department of Transportation. During his tenure at Cobb, Mr. Gaines made numerous lasting contributions, including work on Cobb’s Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), oversight of annexation proceedings and service delivery agreements with Cobb’s six incorporated cities, development of the County’s Complete Streets Policy, as well as work on numerous corridor-and-small-area studies.

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Mayor and City Council to Hold a Town Hall Meeting to discuss changes to Clarkston’s Waste and Recycling Guidelines

Clarkston, Ga. -Mayor Emanuel Ransom and the Clarkston City Council will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, July 28th starting at 6:30p.m. The City of Clarkston has made improvements to its Waste Management services effective August 1, 2011. The Town Hall meeting will provide updates to all residents regarding changes to the waste and recycling services and answer questions citizens may have concerning those changes. All Clarkston citizens are invited to attend.

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Clarkston Police Chief announces Interactive Defense Citizen Training Workshop

Clarkston, Ga. – “Interactive Defense is a free, web-based communication solution that will

revolutionize the way our citizens will interact with the Clarkston government,” states Chief Christine Hudson.

On December 20, 2011, the City of Clarkston teamed up with the Alpharetta-based company, Interactive Defense, to provide the citizens of Clarkston with a better way to engage in communication with their Police Department. Citizens can schedule home watch services, report code and public works issues and share important information on community issues with each other, all on the same web site. Additionally,
once a citizen has enrolled, they are able to view a database for wanted and missing persons, a crime map depicting specific areas where crimes have occurred, and provide tips on cases currently being investigated by the Clarkston Police Department.

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CITY HALL ANNEX CONSTRUCTION BEGINS - ADAPTIVE REUSE OF HISTORIC MORRIS HOUSE

Clarkston, GA – October 6th, 2012 – Clarkston City Council recently voted unanimously to select the construction firm, MACALLAN Group, to provide general contracting services for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic Morris residence. This project will provide for new city administrative offices that will offer much needed office and meeting space where staff can conduct city business in an efficient manner. Construction improvements are set to begin in the month of October.

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City of Clarkston Adopts Revisions to Alcohol Ordinance

Clarkston, Ga. - The City of Clarkston has adopted revisions to its current Alcohol Ordinance at the Council meeting on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. The provisions that have changed provide certain enhancements to the current regulations that govern the sale of alcohol within the City of Clarkston. These enhancements, among other things, will more clearly define the term “Restaurant,” require a Surveyor to certify a site plan submitted with new applications for an alcohol beverage license, establish criteria for visibility into and internal lighting of the regulated establishment for Public Safety Purposes, prohibit electronic game machines or coin-operated devises on premises where packaged beer, malt beverages, wine or liquor are sold and clarify the type of records required for audit purposes to ensure compliance with the Alcohol Ordinance.

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