Georgia County Government - January/February 2013 - (Page 8)

County Feature CHATHAM COUNTY: Cultivating Opportunities to Grow Investments By Noble Sprayberry The Savannah Historic District skyline is unique and attracts both visitors and permanent residents to the area.  Photo courtesy of Visit Savannah.  C hatham County, home to the coastal gem of Savannah, once needed a pick-me-up. “When I first got here 25 years ago, there was low selfesteem,” County Manager Russell Abolt said. “We were in the shadows of Jacksonville and Charleston.” 8 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT And while the port cities in Florida and South Carolina continue to thrive, Savannah carved a place, and self-image, of its own, defining itself as a community capable of not only drawing tourists and businesses, but also one with the capacity to develop the infrastructure and leadership to build a firstclass community. No one factor, however, deserves credit for providing an ego boost, as well as an economic supercharge. Instead, the causes range from the esoteric and a wildly popular book to the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2013

President's Message
Director's Desk
Chatham County: Cultivating Opportunities to Grow Investments
2013 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
Eight Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards
County Government : Emergency Management Agencies: Prepared Today for Tomorrow's Disaster
Federal Update: The Fiscal Cliff: What's in the Final Deal and When's the Next One Coming?
Counties & the Law: Avoiding First Amendment Liability in the Employee Discipline
System for Taxing Motor Vehicles to Change March 1
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2013