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Celebrate Georgia Cities Week with a visit to Harlem

Posted: April 18, 2015 - 11:09pm
Harlem City Manager Jason Rizner        Special Photo
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Harlem City Manager Jason Rizner

Downtown revitalizations are happening around Georgia. New businesses are popping up and new jobs are being created.

Families are enjoying the sense of place that downtowns provide, and existing businesses are benefitting from the increased activity. Lots of wonderful things are happening in Georgia cities, and a quality of life is being created that is second to none.

In downtown Harlem, we have had a number of new businesses open in recent months – a new gift shop, a real estate office, an art studio, and a new restaurant. Other businesses are remodeling. On top of all that, the new Harlem Library project promises to completely transform our downtown. In addition to the building itself, plans call for a park-like setting with an event lawn and small amphitheater. Residents will have a central gathering spot, and the additional foot traffic the library will bring will surely benefit our downtown businesses.

Public investments in downtowns have a track record of stimulating private investment in those same downtowns. Several years ago, the city made a substantial investment in downtown with the new Public Safety Building. The new library will be another major public investment, and we look forward to the new quality private investment that will follow. The future for downtown Harlem is bright!

To celebrate Georgia Cities Week, we’ll have an open house at our Public Safety Building on Sunday, April 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come see our facilities and visit with our dedicated public servants. We’ll also be recognizing the winners of the GMA “If I were Mayor . . .’’ essay contest and two of our Senior Center volunteers at the April city council meeting.

We’re also partnering with Harlem High School to have a student job shadow our Public Works director. We invite you and your family to come check out downtown Harlem!

JASON RIZNER HAS BEEN THE CITY MANAGER FOR HARLEM SINCE 2010.

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