Kiplinger's wrote that Athens "is anything but old-fashioned. Although Southern charm clings to streets lined with Greek Revival mansions and Victorian-era storefronts, the air is charged with change."
The article also lauded the city's relatively low 6.3 percent unemployment rate while more than half of the state's county's are reporting rates above 10 percent and applauded its "ecletic" lifestyle.
"They point out the same attributes about our community that I repeat over and over to people I meet for the first time," Davison said. "We have a great university that produces well-educated people that want to stay in the community. We have kind of an international flavor, with great restaurants and outdoor cafes and music venues.
"But we don't want to get arrogant. We're going to continue to work to improve our way of life here."