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Roswell recognized as best city to live, work, play

GMA presents mayor with inaugural award

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Roswell Mayor Jere Wood shows off the city’s newest award, the 2017 Live, Work Play City Award.
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Artist Michael Dillon shows off his sculpture, Avian, which was a part of Roswell’s public art initiative.
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ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell is one of the best places to live in Georgia, and they have an award to prove it.

The city has recently received the 2017 Live, Work, Play City Award in recognition of its community, services and amenities. The award was presented by the Georgia Municipal Association during its annual Mayors’ Day Conference Jan. 20-23 in Atlanta.

Roswell was one of only three in the Large Cities category to win this designation, followed by Statesboro and Rome. To be considered a large city, the city has to have a population of at least 25,000 residents.

“These cities truly embody well-rounded communities that benefit residents and businesses alike,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “They also serve as examples for local governments across Georgia. Officials in these cities have demonstrated advanced problem-solving, exceptional management and teamwork to increase the overall quality of life for all residents. GMA is honored to serve all of our member cities and especially proud of these award recipients.”

This is the first year that GMA has held this award.

Roswell was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges, including representatives from Georgia Power, Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the University of Georgia.

“They were looking for well-rounded communities that were both business friendly and great for residents,” said Roswell’s Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill. “On the live side, we have our neighborhoods, which really are the heart of Roswell. On the work side, we have Roswell Inc, which has brought new businesses and jobs in Roswell. And we now have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Metro Atlanta. For play, we have one of the best parks departments not only in the state, but in the country – we’ve been a national gold medal award finalist for six years.”

The award also took into account Roswell’s historic districts, restaurants, Alive in Roswell and arts communities.

“What makes Roswell special is the people of Roswell – the institutions, the churches, the schools, the non-profits and the clubs,” said Mayor Jere Wood. “That’s what makes Roswell special.”

“Of all the awards we have received, this one means the most to me,” Wood continued. “Alpharetta may be the computer capital of the southeast, and Johns Creek may be the country club headquarters for North Fulton County, and Milton may have its horses. But as far as a great place to live, work and play, GMA couldn’t have picked a better city than Roswell.”

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