Appalachian Trail Community

at_community_color_logoThe City of Dahlonega's support and commitment to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is an asset to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the greater Trail Community. On October 22, 2010, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Partnership Committee formally approved the City of Dahlonega as an official Appalachian Trail Community.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources associated with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's next steps are to work with the leadership team responsible for submitting Dahlonega's application and publicly celebrate the City's designation.

Preserve America Community

Preserve AmericaDahlonega was recently honored when First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities. 


“Preserve America Communities demonstrate that they are committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment,” Mrs. Bush said. “This community designation program, combined with the Preserve America Grant Program, Preserve America Presidential Awards, and other federal support, provides strong incentives for continued preservation of our cultural and natural heritage resources. I commend you for your commitment to preserving an important part of our nation’s historic past for visitors, neighbors, and, most importantly, for children.”


FY17 Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

GFOAThe Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Dahlonega by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The City of Dahlonega has received the CAFR award for nine consecutive years and is one of 2,000 cities across the United States receiving the award this year. Approximately 13% of the cities in Georgia receive the CAFR award each year, and only 1% of the cities in Dahlonega's population category receive the award each year across the United States.

Tree City USA community

Tree City USADahlonega, GA has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. Dahlonega has received this national recognition since 2001. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.