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This group of honorees serves as an outstanding example of the strong determination, the bold ideas and the incredible amount of grit it takes to get things done in government.
Suburbs first gained popularity for being everything a big city wasn't. Now they want to be just like downtown.
Distilleries? Homeless shelters? Museums? There are lots of creative ideas for repurposing old lockups. But finding one that's good for the economy -- and wins approval -- isn't easy.
Strapped for cash, Pennsylvania may finally grant the governor a victory and enact a severance tax. But it's an uphill battle.
"People are probably tired of their city being in the headlines," says former Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz.