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City of Woodstock Celebrates Georgia Cities Week

 During the week of October 3-9, Woodstock will join other cities throughout the state in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. These seven days were set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. This year's theme, "Shaping the Future," reflects the role cities play in the state's history, economy, and culture.

City government is truly government of, by, and for the people — the people who are making decisions that directly affect Woodstock's development, specifically its business owners, community leaders, and citizens. We are in this together, and we want our city to thrive.

We recognize that throughout our lifetimes, the average person will have more direct contact with local governments than with state or federal governments. Because of this, we feel a responsibility to ensure that the public knows how the City of Woodstock operates, and that they feel connected to the local government.

During this week, we want to recognize the role City government plays in our lives, from historic preservation to trash collection to public safety to promoting the area's culture and recreation. We hope you will join us in this celebration and learn more about the City of Woodstock government body and how it operates for you at and on the City's social media pages.

Cities are growing at a faster rate than the state's overall population. During the day, the population in Georgia's cities increases by 27.5% due to commuting workers, and cities provide services (water, sewer, and fire and police protection) to both the daytime and resident population. According to the latest Census data, Woodstock grew from 23,896 residents in 2010 to 35,065 residents in 2020. That's an increase of more than 46%.

"We're very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors," said Mayor Donnie Henriques. "Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help businesses grow and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a community."

Georgia Cities Week is sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy as well as educational and employee benefit and consulting services to its 538 member cities.

Did you know?
Georgia's cities…
• Comprise 9.2% of the state's land area,
• Contain 44.1% of its population,
• Provide 68.9% of the state's jobs,
• And account for 90.5% of its GDP (gross domestic product).
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