EDQ Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2016 - Page 12

  On February 14, 2016 Athens‐Clarke County celebrate 25 years of the city and county becoming unified governments . Former Mayors and Commissioners joined the ceremony and shared how it has helped save our community money, time, and heartache. Not to say that the process was pain free as the journey was filled with legal questions and technical problems. But the citizens were the driving force and many stepped up with expertise to help with the transition. At the time of unification, Athens was only the second consolidated government in Georgia and the twenty‐eighth in the nation. Former Mayors Gwen O’Looney, Doc Eldridge, and Heidi Davison review notes before the ceremony. Pat Allen addresses the crowd at the ceremony. Current and former commissioners reenact the ceremonial ribbon joining of county and city. 12 Former Commissioner Kathy Hoard, Commissioner Andy Herod and Commissioner Kelly Girtz hold the ceremonial ribbon. Former Mayors Heidi Davison, Doc Eldridge, Cardee Kilpatrick, Gwen O’Looney, and current Mayor Nancy Denson. 12 12 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT www.AthensBusiness.org 706-613-3233