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Cumming welcomes regional commission

After meeting, members visit fair

POSTED: October 12, 2013 12:21 a.m.

The city of Cumming welcomed several members of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission for the organization’s monthly meeting Thursday night.

The group, which includes representatives of Forsyth and 12 other northeast Georgia counties, gathered at the Castleberry Building for the meeting and meal before heading across the street to enjoy the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission is one of 12 such organizations across Georgia. According to its website, its mission is to “promote and guide proper development of human, natural, physical, social and economic resources.”

Among the other member counties are Dawson, Hall and Lumpkin.

Danny Lewis, executive director, said the group’s meetings rotate throughout the various counties.

“Cumming is always nice to invite us over for the fair,” he said. “So we do this about every four years.”

In total, about 150 members and families attended Thursday.

Lewis said the Mountains Regional Commission is probably the only one in Georgia to rotate meetings throughout the district, noting that it “allows the cities and counties that sponsor us to be able to brag a little about what they’ve done.”

“There’s so much going on here in the city of Cumming and Forsyth County, we’re very proud of them.”

During the business meeting, Lewis presented findings of the commission’s annual audit. In addition, members approved $4,500 that would be available for historic preservation project grants throughout the district during fiscal year 2014.


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