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City Of Gainesville

300 Henry Ward Way Suite 303
770-535-6865

History:

Established as "Mule Camp Springs" near the crossing of two Indian trails followed by settlers in the 1800s, the City of Gainesville has maintained and built upon its historical legacy as a regional transportation and trade center for almost two centuries.

Less than three years after the creation of Hall County, the village of Mule Camp Springs was chosen to serve as the site of government for the new county and was chartered by the Georgia Legislature on November 30, 1821.

At the suggestion of Justice John Vance Cotter, it was given the name "Gainesville" in honor of General Edmund P. Gaines, a hero of the War of 1812 and a noted military surveyor and roadbuilder. Gainesville has been a part of the nation's governmental framework longer than 26 of the 50 states.

Gainesville operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Every two years the Council elects two members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem respectively. They are the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the legislative body, which is composed of a Mayor and four council members, and is responsible for enacting ordinances, resolutions, and regulations governing the City, as well as appointing the members of various statutory and advisory boards, and the City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney.

Under the guidance of the City Manager and the Council, the City provides a full range of services. These services include police and fire protection; the maintenance of streets and infrastructure; parks; recreational activities and cultural events; planning, zoning, and building inspection services; water and water pollution control services; and an airport.

In a relatively short period of time, Gainesville has grown from virgin forest to become the trade, economic, industrial, medical, cultural and recreational center of Northeast Georgia. In Gainesville we believe there are no limits for our future.


Recent News

City Of Gainesville News : City on board with trolley tracking app

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (July 18, 2022) – To better serve riders of the popular Gainesville Trolley, the City of Gainesville – specifically Hall Area Transit (HAT) – has plans to unveil a mobile app enabling users to pinpoint the…

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City Of Gainesville News - Join Us: 2022 Georgia Police and Fire Games June 20-25 in Gainesville-Hall County

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City Of Gainesville - Volunteers needed for 2022 Georgia Police And Fire Games

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (June 1, 2022) – With the start of the 2022 Georgia Police & Fire Games just around the corner, the City of Gainesville is seeking volunteers to assist with events slated June 20-25 at various venues across…

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City Of Gainesville - Summertime spin: City rolling out downtown, neighborhood trolleys

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (May 26, 2022) – The City of Gainesville, specifically Hall Area Transit (HAT), is proud to announce the return of a downtown summer trolley service on weekdays, plus two new downtown neighborhood services on weekends, all…

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City Of Gainesville News - Gainesville CVB launches ‘Love Where You Live’ Campaign

Gainesville CVB launches ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign GAINESVILLE, Ga. (May 10, 2022) – You’re invited! The Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomes you to experience for yourself why City of Gainesville…

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City Of Gainesville News - Washington Street milling continues Wednesday

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (April 27, 2022) – Due to unforeseen circumstances, milling will continue today, April 27, on Washington Street from Green to Bradford streets. Crews are working toward completing the project by the week’s end. Once…

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DWR to Release 2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report May 30

Gainesville, GA - Gainesville Water Resources is on track to release Monday, May 30, the 2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, which contains results from 2021 calendar year testing of the City of Gainesville’s drinking water system. It…

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City of Gainesville News - launches new tourism website

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (March 2, 2022) – A year after launching a revamped gainesville.org, the City of Gainesville has debuted a tourism-focused sister site, ExploreGainesville.org, geared toward residents and visitors seeking out the very best the…

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City Of Gainesville Sports Fest a ‘score’ for athletes, sports enthusiasts

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2022) – Athletes and sports enthusiasts hoping to “score” information on all local sports and sports-related organizations need not look further than the Greater Gainesville Sports Alliance’s (GGSA)…

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City Of Gainesville News : Zach Philyaw rises to rank of deputy fire chief

Gainesville, Ga. (Feb. 10, 2022) – The City of Gainesville has a new deputy chief at the Gainesville Fire Department. Promoted by new Gainesville Fire Chief Brandon Ellis, Zach Philyaw assumed the role of deputy fire chief in early February.…

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City Of Gainesville Third Thursday Home School Day

Students registered for January 20, 2022 Third Thursday Home School Day programming will participate in a themed classroom lesson and guided hike with an Elachee teaching naturalist. Pre-registration* deadline: Monday at 4 p.m., February 14,…

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City of Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board Meeting Agenda for February 8, 2022

Agenda: 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. MINUTES OF DECEMBER 14, 2021 3. OLD BUSINESS 4. NEW BUSINESS A. Variance Request 1) Request from Daniel J. Peck to vary the illumination requirements for a monument sign and wall sign on a 0.62± acre…

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City Of Gainesville News - Fire Hydrant Design Contest Now Open

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Jan. 24, 2022) – The Gainesville Department of Water Resources (DWR) has kicked off the 2022 Elementary School Fire Hydrant Design Contest ahead of Drinking Water Week May 1-7. Celebrating Drinking Water Week gives DWR an…

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Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Cleanup - January 22, 2022

Our volunteer cleanups make a tangible difference in the health of our watershed. We are pleased to host this land-based AND water-based cleanup at a park situated on Lake Lanier in Gainesville! All volunteers are asked to meet at the specific…

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2040 Comp Plan: City Updating 20-Year Blueprint for Growth

GAINESVILLE, GA – Gainesville’s future is bright, and City leadership wants to have an updated roadmap to steer the community in the right direction. That roadmap is Gainesville’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which the City will use…

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City Of Gainesville Regular Parks and Recreation Board Meeting for January 10,2022

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Brandon Ellis Gainesville's New Fire Chief

It's official: the City of Gainesville has a new chief to lead the Gainesville Fire Department (GFD). Former Gainesville Fire Capt. Brandon Ellis, of Clermont, assumed the chief's role Jan. 1 following former Chief Jerome Yarbrough's retirement…

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Canceled: Retirement Plan A Board Meeting for January 11, 2022

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