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Recapping Canton’s Successful Progress

Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for supporting me and following along since 2019. My election to this current mayor and Canton City Council team has had impactful meaning for Canton and its future. Together with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders, we have worked to reveal what happens when local, nonpartisan leaders put politic...

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There’s Lots To Be Thankful for in Ball Ground

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, it's time to reflect on all the good things that have been bestowed upon us. We are thankful for our health, jobs, family, friends, and our beloved Ball Ground, which provides us with many of life's simple pleasures. If you haven't visited Ball Ground lately, you're invited to do so. Fall is the perfect time to ...

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Gratitude for Those Who Help Make Canton the “Coolest Small Town in America”

As my first term as mayor draws to an end, I want to thank the many residents, leaders, volunteers, businesses, and organizations that have worked hard to make Canton the "Coolest Small Town in America." We have come so far in four short years, and I couldn't be prouder of what has been accomplished by following the priorities identified by our cit...

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The Artsy Side of Canton Made Official

Canton is excited to be the first city in the county to adopt a Public Art Master Plan! In April 2022, the Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) issued a request for proposals to create the plan for the city. Ohio-based firm Designing Local was selected, and through the process, they spent countless hours interviewing elected officials, City staff...

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Destination Canton

I recall the days when downtown Canton was a place people only visited when they had official business at government offices or perhaps a court appearance at the Justice Center. One Saturday afternoon in 2010 when the post office was still downtown, I was working in my office and walked across the street to check the mail. I may have been the only ...

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Canton’s Great Outdoors

Outdoor adventures in the "Coolest Small Town in America" abound. Here's what you need to know to plan some fun with your family without ever leaving Canton! Make a Splash! * Explore the Etowah River
Bring your tubes, rafts, or kayaks to adventure down the Etowah River, which flows right through Canton. There are kayak launches at Boling Park and E...

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Sweet Summertime in Canton

The summer season in Canton is filled with enjoyable entertainment options. Here are some of the highlights: First FridayThe Troubadour Project (6/2) and Rupert's Orchestra (7/7)Bring your friends and hang out in downtown Canton for a family friendly night filled with live entertainment. The Troubadour Project faithfully recreates all the sounds, v...

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Ease On Down the Road(map)!

The City of Canton is springing forward! In November 2022, we held our winter Council retreat to review our progress on the measurable goals established in our Roadmap for Success, which is a 15-year strategic plan that was adopted at the end of 2020. The Roadmap contains eight tenets that focus on the top priorities as defined and vetted by our ci...

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Holly Springs Update

The City of Holly Springs has good things going on everywhere you look, so continue reading to get caught up on all the progress. The first exciting bit of news — the Holly Springs Train Depot is getting a makeover! The Depot has been well-loved over the years, and the time is right for it to receive a little TLC. While undergoing renovations, the ...

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City of Canton Park Updates

One of the tenets of the City of Canton's Roadmap for Success is "Connecting Citizens to Parks and Recreation." Team Canton is proud of the work we've accomplished on our expanding and improving parks system: Etowah River Park recently expanded eastward, under and across I-575. The park includes a 1.5 mile trail along the river. Events held here in...

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State of the City 2022 in Review

The state of our city is more compelling than ever before, and we are determined to continue to brighten our community in the coming year and those that follow.Today's Canton is home to more than 35,000 residents. Businesses have celebrated silver and gold anniversaries, and new entrepreneurs have recently invested in Canton, as they seek to serve ...

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Springtime in Ball Ground

After the cold winter months, spring is always a welcome time of longer, warmer days and nature's rebirth. Flowers are blooming, trees are coming back to life, and birds are singing cheerful songs. What a great time to bring the family to Ball Ground. Ball Ground's 2023 events calendar is filled with many fun activities. You can also enjoy great re...

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Get to Know Councilman Jeff Wilbur

Councilman Jeff Wilbur represents residents in Ward 5. Though he's not originally from here (he hails from Babylon, New York, and his neighbor was Captain Kangaroo!), he has lived in Cherokee County for more than 40 years and has spent the last 17 years as a citizen of Holly Springs. He made a career in telecom at Bellsouth, then pursued a post-ret...

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Canton Selected for Admission Into Georgia Initiative for Community Housing

Canton was recently selected to participate in the next cohort for the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). Chamblee, Montezuma, Villa Rica, and Gwinnett County were also admitted to this three-year program. GICH helps communities improve quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally driven housing and revital...

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Ball Ground Is Rolling Into New Beginnings

The City of Ball Ground accomplished much last year, and we look forward to new beginnings and continued progress in 2023.The work of past elected officials is what has drawn so many to now call Ball Ground "home." On many of the city's large green pastures sit beautiful new homes, which is bittersweet for some lifelong residents. But those who are...

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Continuing on Its Creative Path City of Canton Seeks Residents’ Input for Arts Master Plan

 Canton's mayor and City Council have set clear intentions for economic development as well as resident and visitor experiences in the city of Canton. Adding a manager of economic development & tourism to Team Canton last year and forming the Canton Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) are two major accomplishments. Naturally following these ar...

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Holly Springs Latest Progress

Here are a couple of updates regarding Holly Springs' most exciting projects.Town CenterAs scheduled, work continues at Holly Springs Town Center. While you can't see vertical construction yet, the project team has been hard at work completing site work and underlying infrastructure. Dirt is moving, retaining walls are going in, pipe crews are comi...

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!

 "You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout; I'm telling you why"— Santa Claus is coming to Ball Ground! Though still a few weeks away, the City of Ball Ground is getting ready for the 8th Annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots to be held at 7:00pm on December 2, in downtown Ball Ground. This parade is one of the...

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With Thanksgiving for Canton

 My tenure as a public servant officially began more than eight years ago when I was elected to serve as city councilman for Ward 2. Much has changed during that time, and like the rest of Cherokee County and the region, Canton has seen a lot of growth. In fact, Georgia's population increased almost 11% over the past decade — it's the 12th fas...

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Best Adaptive Reuse Award Goes to The Mill on Etowah

 At its annual conference in August, the Georgia Downtown Association recognized City of Canton with an Award of Excellence in the category of Best Adaptive Reuse for The Mill on Etowah. This stunning adaptive reuse development, which once housed a 120-year-old cotton mill, is nestled on 35 acres along the banks of Canton's Etowah River. The M...

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