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Community Indicators: History

Have you ever wondered how your community "stacks up" to other communities in Georgia? In what areas does a community need to improve? Where has a community come from and where is it going?

Georgia Community Indicators is an interactive on-line resource that allows users to get information about their communities. Community Indicators includes data for more than 450 Georgia communities. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) developed Community Indicators to assist users with understanding and assessing the quality of life in Georgia's communities. What makes Community Indicators unique is that it allows the user to obtain information about local communities and permits the user to do comparisons among communities from their own computer.

The Community Indicators project emerged as a recommendation of the Georgia Future Communities Commission (GFCC) in 1996. The commission envisioned an annual benchmarking report to foster accountability and productivity improvement in cities and counties throughout Georgia. The reports were not intended to serve any punitive purposes. The reports were not intended to serve any punitive purposes.

During the 1997 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 491 calling upon the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to publish community indicators for all local governments with annual expenditures greater than $250,000. The statue calls for DCA to annually publish the indicators based on data received through its local government finance and local government operations surveys as well as other data that might describe and assist local taxpayers and local policy makers in understanding and evaluating local government services and operations. As mandated by law, the reports are made accessible to the public on the web by December 31. Each annual report highlights the current eight conditions and focuses on an additional ninth condition that concentrates on local government service or issues. To learn more about how to begin a search and how to use the web site, please refer to the User Guide

This project is the "best thinking" of state and local government officials, university faculty, economic development experts, businesspeople, and citizens. Community Indicators measures important aspects of local government that may reflect the quality of life in those communities. We hope you find the information contained in Community Indicators useful to you in your work, studies and community activities.