Elections News

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Posted on: April 14, 2014

April 21 Marks Two Important Voter Deadlines for the Upcoming Primary & Nonpartisan Election

In preparation for the upcoming May 20, 2014 Primary and Nonpartisan Election, the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections reminds citizens of the following two voter-related deadlines:

Voter Registration

April 21, 2014 is the last day to register a...Read on...

Board of Elections Website

Housing & Community Development

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Posted on: April 11, 2014

FY15 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan public comment

The Housing and Community Development Department is accepting public comment on the Consolidated Plan through May 12, 2014. The Plan explains how CDBG and other HUD funds will be utilized in the July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 program year.

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Public Information Office Media Releases

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Posted on: April 16, 2014

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration Relocating to Georgia Square Mall

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government announces that the annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks display on July 4, 2014 will move from its previous location at Bishop Park to Georgia Square Mall.

The move is taking place to support th...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2014

Citizens Sought for Five Policy-Making Boards by April 18

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following terms on five important policy-making boards:

  • One position on the Airport Authority for a term of four years*
  • One position on the Classic Center Authorit...
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Application & information on boards & authorities
Posted on: April 4, 2014

April 21 Marks Two Important Voter Deadlines for the Upcoming Primary & Nonpartisan Election

In preparation for the upcoming May 20, 2014 Primary and Nonpartisan Election, the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections reminds citizens of the following two voter-related deadlines:

Voter Registration

April 21, 2014 is the last day to register a...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2014

ACC Economic Development Department & UGA Host International VIP Tour

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Members of the Atlanta Consular Corps recently visited Athens as part of their 2014 International VIP Tour. The Atlanta Consular Corps is an association of officials appointed by foreign governments as representatives to Georgia. Their duties include assisting nationals living and visiting the Southeast as well as promoting economic, commercial, scientific, and cultural relations between their respective countries and the host region. The International VIP Tour introduces Corps members to local communities while broadening their understanding of what Georgia offers to international businesses.

The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Economic Development Department coordinated with the University of Georgia (UGA) to host the tour, which included a visit to local coffee roaster Jittery Joe’s. Co-owners Michael Ripps and Bob Googe discussed the creation and expansion of Jittery Joe’s into a national brand while master roaster Charlie Mustard led Corps members through the process of coffee roasting from harvesting beans to creating a blend. Afterward, the group participated in a taste test featuring three separate varieties and chose a blend of Columbian and Guatemalan beans, later named "Athena-International Blend," as the official flavor of the ACC Economic Development Department.

"It was wonderful to welcome the Consular Corps to Jittery Joe's," says Ripps. "It was a great opportunity to show that Athens is a terrific place to live and work. The fact that these ambassadors participated in choosing the new Economic Development Department Athena blend was the highlight, helping create another Athens product to share with visitors from around the globe."

After a dinner hosted by UGA at the Special Collections Library – which featured a welcome by Mayor Nancy Denson and remarks from UGA President Jere Morehead, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr, and Consul General of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta Steve Brereton – the group concluded their evening with a visit to the Georgia Theatre rooftop patio. On the patio, guests including Georgia Theatre owner Wilmot Greene; artist and sculptor Stan Mullins; ACC Commissioners Mike Hamby, Kathy Hoard, Jerry NeSmith, Jared Bailey, and Kelly Girtz; and ACC Assistant Manager Blaine Williams spoke of their affection for Athens and the opportunities it provides for growth and development.

"This has been a remarkable opportunity for Athens to share its appeal to this distinguished group of international leaders,” says ACC Economic Development Department Director Ryan Moore. "Our department is proud to have been part of the VIP Tour and continues to position Athens as a world class destination for foreign direct investment."

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2014 International VIP Tour Photos

Public Utilities & Water Conservation

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Posted on: October 3, 2013

Athens-Clarke County Wins 2013 WaterSense® Partner of the Year Award

Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office with a 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year award. The Water Conservation Office was honored during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its commitment to water efficiency and outstanding efforts to support the WaterSense program during 2012.

In 2012 alone, WaterSense labeled products and new homes helped Americans save more than 202 billion gallons of water, or more than the amount of water needed to supply all the homes in Colorado for a year. More than 2,700 utility, manufacturer, retail, builder, organizational, and professional partners helped WaterSense realize these accomplishments, but every year a few in particular are recognized for their significant contributions to the program.

“All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense-labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs,” said EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner. “We are pleased to honor Athens-Clarke County for their efforts that support our mission to protect the future of our nation’s water supply.”

The Water Conservation Office was honored as Partner of the Year for promoting water efficiency through the use of WaterSense labeled products. The WCO put tremendous energy into Fix a Leak Week 2012. They held two “Train the Trainer” workshops for ten volunteers who then visited twelve churches and non-profit organizations to performed water audits, identified leaks, and suggested opportunities for water conservation. Fix a Leak Week 2012 culminated with a water-saving makeover for the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) building. In partnership with volunteers and a local plumbing company, the WCO replaced nine water guzzling toilets, 15 aerators, and 1 pre-rinse spray valve with WaterSense labeled products. The ACCA cut their water use in half after the retrofit, a savings of about 130,000 gallons a year. Throughout the year the Water Conservation Office conducted a number of workshops on fixing common household leaks and promoted the use of WaterSense Certified Irrigation Professionals.
“We were honored when we learned about winning Partner of the Year,” said Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinator. “We were up against the biggest utilities in the United States. I think WaterSense was impressed with how we promote the label in unique ways such as through social media and the Christmas Parade.” This weekend, Georgians can purchase WaterSense appliances and fixtures and Energy Star labeled appliances tax free. The Sales Tax Holiday on WaterSense-labeled products will start Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
To learn more about the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards program and WaterSense labeled products, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.


WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy billsRead on...


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Posted on: April 14, 2014

2014 Stream Walks

Athens-Clarke County Stormwater staff will be walking Trail Creek during the months of April and May, 2014. ACC Stormwater Staff will assess the physical characteristics and overall health of Trail Creek. For more information, contact Kathryn Shepard at 7...Read on...