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The Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation will again explore the "Heart & Soul" of 10 Georgia cities, primarily in east Georgia, on a three-day bus tour.
The tour April 13-15 will show state agency heads, business leaders, downtown developers and philanthropists ways cities are revitalizing and capitalizing on their downtowns.
Participants will learn about downtown programs in Conyers, Covington, Monroe, Athens, Watkinsville, Greensboro, Washington, Augusta, Madison and Thomson.
"The foundation's goal is to help cities through successful public-private partnerships," said Georgia Cities Foundation President Mike Starr, "and we will show 10 very good examples of cities that have been successful in creating wonderful downtowns and vibrant communities through such partnerships."
The foundation has held a bus tour annually since 2001 as part of an effort to educate and inform state leaders on the importance of successful downtown development and its role in supporting overall economic development efforts.
In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored the Georgia Cities Foundation with its Main Street Ally award.
About 50 people will participate in the tour, with some joining it at stops along the way.