Athens-Clarke Mayor Presents $4 Million 'Prosperity Package'

Jul 18, 2019

The state’s economy has grown to be the ninth largest in the country. 

 

But not everyone in Georgia is enjoying economic prosperity.  

 

Take Athens-Clarke County, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty and over 28% of the population is poor. 

 

 


 

The county is also ranked as one of the state’s 91 persistently poor counties. 

 

Now, lawmakers are taking action.

 

 

Kelly Girtz, the mayor of the unified government of Athens-Clarke County.
Credit votegirtz.com

The county government has set aside $4 million in the 2020 fiscal year budget to help the poor, calling it a "prosperity package."

 

GPB Morning Edition host Leah Fleming learns more about this initiative from Kelly Girtz, the mayor of the unified government of Athens-Clarke County.