Dunwoody council to hold retreat in Tennessee

The Dunwoody City Council will travel to Franklin, Tenn., Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to hold its annual retreat.

The city says it chose this town 250 miles away because of its similarities with Dunwoody. Franklin has a regional mall and is trying to preserve existing neighborhoods and single-family homes that surround commercial areas.

“Interesting parallels will inform the retreat with benefits that could not be obtained by staying within the city,” City Manager Warren Hutmacher said.

On Jan. 31, the council will hold a strategic planning conference at the Hilton Garden Inn at 9150 Carothers Parkway. Walt McBride of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia will facilitate. On Feb. 1, meetings will be held at Franklin City Hall at 109 3rd Ave. South.

The city has budgeted $6,500 for the retreat, according to city spokeswoman Edie Damann. The retreat is open to the public. It will be recorded and broadcast live via streaming video.

For information, call Kimberly Greer, assistant to the city manager, at 678-382-6700 or by email at Kimberly.greer@dunwoodyga.gov.