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24 August 2015

What Goes in Our Quality of Life Description?

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

What comes to mind when you consider the words “quality of life?”

It is often used when referring to a community’s desirability as a place to live, work, raise a family, and do business. We also consider access to basic human necessities and leisure options as part of the equation. However, when assessing quality of life, we should also consider shopping, dining, and entertainment choices as a component of a broader need for recreation and relaxation.

24 July 2015

Keeping Businesses Healthy, Thriving, and Local

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Keeping existing businesses healthy, thriving, and local is critical for every community’s growth. Fortunately for us, we have that here.

25 June 2015

Downtown Master Plan and Market Analysis

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

The City of Canton has been selected by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to receive $104,000 for a Downtown Master Plan and Market Analysis. The purpose of the Master Plan and Market Analysis is to help identify and fund programs, initiatives, and further planning to create a more commercially, residentially and culturally robust downtown district.

20 May 2015

Tourism Happening Now

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Across the nation, more and more communities are waking up tourism’s impact on their economies. It is not hard to see. Tourism brings many positives for any community open to welcoming it.

23 April 2015

Permits and Inspections: Protecting Your Investment

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Springtime is an exciting time of year. The sun shines longer, festivals and events start lining our calendars, and typically many of our existing businesses begin making exterior modifications, renovations, and planned facelift projects. Spring also marks when many new businesses choose to open.

24 March 2015


Written by Matthew A. Thomas

I am often asked about what incentives or funding assistance programs are available from the city. It is, by the way, a good question to ask. Most business start-up and relocation decisions are expensive and any financial assistance available to cut costs helps.

23 February 2015

Enjoy Canton's Quality of Life

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

2015 begins with a few significant changes and unknowns. The Painted Pig closed its doors in January (but their management team is still going strong serving up great food at The Study). The Jones Building has yet to see a buyer, and our Main Street Director, Meghan Griffin, who has done an outstanding job leading the program since 2013, is leaving.

23 January 2015

Canton: The Walkable City

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Canton is becoming a walkable city. Walkability means friendliness for pedestrian activity. To promote pedestrian activity there must be connectivity.

People desire walkable places and accessibility. While metro Atlanta is doing its part to catch up, research shows that more and more people and employers are choosing places where many of life’s necessities are in walking distance. What makes for a desirable, walkable place is accessibility to employment, housing, recreation, education, and other services within a, give or take, 20-minute walk. Walks are safe, useful, and productive.

23 December 2014

Canton's Entrepreneurial Economy

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Canton is a place where entrepreneurship happens. From those occupying storefronts to online businesses, to home-based businesses, to part-time entrepreneurs, we are home to a wide variety of locally owned and operated businesses.

20 November 2014

Retain and Expand

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Canton is home to more than 1,196 businesses and 11,847 jobs — and both areas are growing.

24 October 2014

Cash it in Canton

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

November is here and the holiday season is quickly approaching. During this season we not only reflect on how grateful we are but also begin thinking about shopping for holiday gifts for our loved ones. As holiday shopping moves upward on our priority lists, we should all keep local businesses in mind.

25 September 2014

We Keep Canton Growing

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

Our city, and community, is at an exciting time in its history.

26 January 2017


Written by Matthew A. Thomas

In today’s technology-driven world, where do we turn to quickly access information about a certain product, service or place? The internet.

22 April 2016

It Pays to Be Safe

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

This past March, Canton ranked fifth out of fifty on a list of the safest cities in Georgia by This most recent listing means Canton has ranked in the top ten safest cities in Georgia for three consecutive years. Such an acclaim assures us of the great work the City and our law enforcement is doing to ensure our safety.

18 February 2016

4 Steps to Opening Your Business in Canton

Written by Matthew A. Thomas

We are getting better and better at encouraging people to bring their businesses to Canton.

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