Augusta-Richmond County named 'County of Excellence' by county commissioners association

Thursday, March 1, 2012 3:19 PM
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The Association County Commissioners of Georgia has named Augusta-Richmond County as a 2012 “County of Excellence” for redevelopment work ongoing in the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods.

Augusta, the only consolidated government named in the category, joins Camden, Cherokee, Habersham, Gwinnett and Clayton counties in being honored. Augusta maintains memberships in both the commissioners association and the Georgia Municipal Association, which represents Georgia cities.

“We did fund the project in an innovative way,” Mayor Deke Copenhaver said of the redevelopment initiative in an interview with Georgia Trend magazine. “We increased our hotel/motel room fees by $1 a night and used those monies to invest in the neighborhood, which will be $37.5 million over a 50-year time frame.”

In 2009, Augusta commissioners approved funding the redevelopment project contingent on also funding the new downtown Trade, Exhibit and Event Center.

Chester Wheeler, the director of Augusta Housing and Community Development, which is managing the project, said the historically black neighborhoods’ proximity to Georgia Health Sciences University was a strong selling point.

“That’s 14,000 people that work in that medical environment very close to Laney-Walker/Bethlehem,” he told Georgia Trend.

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Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/01/12 - 03:42 pm
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What a joke!

What a joke!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/01/12 - 03:51 pm
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You can buy these awards if

You can buy these awards if you send in enough Cracker Jack box tops.

csraguy
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csraguy 03/01/12 - 04:33 pm
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Augusta is revitalizing in

Augusta is revitalizing in many areas, businesses have continued to come to the area in very tough economic times, violent crime is the lowest it has been in Richmond County in 7 years and our Sheriff’s Office along with state agencies have taken many criminals off of our streets not to mention our jobless rate is less than in most all other areas of the state. If we could just greatly improve our school system and get our commissioners to work together as forward thinkers we really would fully deserve this award.

Either way, it is good for the CSRA and Richmond County so I am glad it was received.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/01/12 - 07:36 pm
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Deke, you are the master of

Deke, you are the master of innovation. You're up there with the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.

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corgimom 03/01/12 - 08:12 pm
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"Augusta maintains

"Augusta maintains memberships in both the commissioners association"- now that's fair and impartial for you! It's like giving an award to yourself.

And if you want to give an award to anybody for that, it should go to Betty Beard, not Deke Copenhaver. It was because of her that LW got that money. And it was sure "innovative", all right.

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countyman 03/01/12 - 11:38 pm
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New Partners for Smart

New Partners for Smart Growth, Triple Pundit, American Planning Association, American Architectural Foundation, Harvard Student Journal of Real Estate, Southern Living, and Georgia Planning Implementation Award..

Laney Walker and Bethlehem continue to receive national and statewide recognition..

The gentrification of the neighborhoods have already added millions to the tax digest.. The future of Laney Walker is bright due to the proximity of the CBD and Medical District..

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 03/01/12 - 11:59 pm
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"The Association County

"The Association County Commissioners of Georgia has named Augusta-Richmond County as a 2012 “County of Excellence” for redevelopment work ongoing in the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Whew. . . that was a good one! :-)

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 03/02/12 - 12:01 am
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“That’s 14,000 people that

“That’s 14,000 people that work in that medical environment very close to Laney-Walker/Bethlehem,” he told Georgia Trend.

[And live in Evans and Hephzibah] This just gets better and better!

sand gnat
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sand gnat 03/02/12 - 12:28 am
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This tags along well with

This tags along well with Augusta being one of the top ten places in the country to live. With the excellent and safe school system and the cooperative, professional manner of the city/county commission making wise use of tax payer dollars and lack of crime in the city, this award is a given.

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Insider Information 03/02/12 - 12:41 am
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countyman, that list

countyman, that list justifies vote buying?

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 03/02/12 - 06:45 am
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Best post award goes to
Unpublished

Best post award goes to ....sand gnat!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/02/12 - 06:51 am
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HAHAHHHH...hohohohoho....wwee

HAHAHHHH...hohohohoho....wweeeee.....geeez....funny....

esp. about Clayton county...wowowowowow.....oooh we need a good chuckle every am...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/02/12 - 06:54 am
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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —
A Georgia county school district lost its accreditation, an unusual move blamed in part on what has been called a "dysfunctional" school board.Clayton County Commissioner Eldrin Bell confirmed the loss of the accreditation Thursday to Channel 2's Tom Jones, shortly before the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was to announce the news from its offices in Decatur.

The Clayton County School District had to address nine different mandates from SACS. Officials said Thursday the district only reached one.

Officials said Governor Perdue has removed four members of the Clayton County school board, per a state judge's recommendation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced that the 50,000-student school system is the third in the nation to lose accreditation since 1969.

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Dudeness 03/02/12 - 09:26 am
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They must have had a huge

They must have had a huge open bar during this voting process.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 09:41 am
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Hilarious article and

Hilarious article and comments. Let's be factual, the Laney Walker initiative was not something the white Commissioners wanted. They agreed only to bribe the black Commissioners in exchange for the TEE Center. More facts, neither throwing millions at Laney Walker or the TEE Center have been successes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 09:49 am
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Serious question. Is there a

Serious question. Is there a policy by Augusta governmental agencies to apply for awards of various types? We've recently seen a few awards where applicants have to send in forms. These are not simply radomly being given. Are the public officials telling their people to send in these applications? I'm not saying there's anything necessarily wrong with that, but is that the policy?

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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 09:54 am
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Hey, we should have given

Hey, we should have given David Fry an award, too. He worked harder than anyone for the TEE-Laney Walker deal. He might even go to jail for his work. Least we could do.

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raul 03/02/12 - 01:16 pm
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@Countyman. You use the term

@Countyman. You use the term "gentrification" as a positive, which isn't necessarily so. Of course, if the poor aren't relocated and get to live in the new dwelling by government subsidized means, I guess that is o.k., huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification

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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 02:32 pm
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Point of interest, my post

Point of interest, my post questioning the awards in this article was at 9:49 before a similar article about the awards was published at 12:45 in a different place. Not that it matters to me one bit. We are all in this together.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/02/12 - 02:38 pm
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Wow! is it April First

Wow! is it April First already?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 02:44 pm
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Raul, that gentrification

Raul, that gentrification thing gets to be pretty funny at times. I usually just let Countyman go on about it thinking it makes him feel warm and fuzzy...ya know?

countyman
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countyman 03/02/12 - 03:28 pm
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The article has absolutely

The article has absolutely nothing to do with politics or schools.. The city of Augusta does have problems, and several things need to be improved in the future. This doesn't take away from the fact Augusta is making progress in certain areas. I notice the people who are making certain comments live outside of Richmond County or in another city.. Maybe if the actually rode through Laney Walker before commenting on the article.. The would have saw the new homes, townhomes, neighborhoods, parks, roads, and businesses..

The Harvard Student Journal of Real Estate bringing up Augusta is no joke..

Let's continue to move Augusta forward, and leave the people who complain about positive news behind.. They seem to think every small metro is renovating theatres(Miller in the CBD & Regal Village in Augusta West Plaza), adding 100 IT jobs downtown, opening $100 million Kroc Centers, has access to one of the fastest growing airports in the US, building $115 million plants, etc..

I mean the amount of future retail, hotels, restaurants, in Richmond County should tell us something(115 acre Village at Riverwatch, 13 acres in WTP(Carmax area) rezoned, 1.3 acres being cleared next to Buffalo Wild Wings, Sheraton By Four Points, Hyatt Place, 25 acre shopping center & 10k sq. ft. Shoppes at Dyess Park on Jimmie Dyess, 13 acre shopping center at Gordon Hwy/Robinson Avenue, 7k sq. ft. center on Wheeler rd across from Doctors Hospital, Hilton brand hotel, 7k sq. ft. center at the abandoned gas station on Washington rd next to Zaxbys, Residence Inn by Marriott, etc..

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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 04:33 pm
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Countyman, did the white

Countyman, did the white commissioners want to fund the Laney Walker initiative or was that a pay-off for the TEE Center?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/02/12 - 04:35 pm
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David Fry should be our "man

David Fry should be our "man of the year" as hard as he worked to get the TEE for the Marriott.

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Insider Information 03/02/12 - 06:14 pm
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countyman, bribery is OK as

countyman, bribery is OK as long as the ends justify the means?

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