COVID-19 Relief Funds Awarded to Local Businesses

July 7, 2020

COVID-19 Business Relief Applicant Summary Graph

The City of Statesboro and Georgia Southern’s Business Innovation Group are pleased to announce the awarding of $28,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to 14 local businesses in Statesboro and Bulloch County. Recipients were selected by the Business Innovation Group through a multi-step application process that included an online application and documentation demonstrating the impact of COVID-19 on their business.  The award funds were provided by the “Love Ur City” fundraising campaign which the City of Statesboro sponsored in May to provide relief to businesses and families in Statesboro and Bulloch County that had been financially impacted by the pandemic. (more…)

Mayor Elected First Vice President of GMA District 12

July 6, 2020

Mayor McCollar Elected First Vice President of GMA District 12

Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar was elected first vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) District 12 during the association’s virtual annual meeting on July 2.  He is now in line to become president of the district.

“I am honored to have been selected as a representative and advocate for District 12,” said McCollar. “I look forward to serving and advancing the interests of Statesboro and all other cities within the district.”

In this role, McCollar will serve as a liaison between GMA and municipal officials in GMA’s District 12.  He will also attend GMA-sponsored events, including the association’s annual convention; promote engagement in GMA activities and programs with other cities in the district; advocate for GMA’s legislative priorities, and share with GMA staff any needs and concerns of member cities in their district. As the District 12 First Vice President, McCollar will also serve on the GMA Board of Directors.

2020-2021 District 12 officers include President Hugh “Bubba” Hodge, Mayor of Darien, First Vice President Jonathan McCollar, Mayor of Statesboro, Second Vice President Beth Goette, Mayor of Thunderbolt, and Third Vice President Allen Brown, Mayor of Hinesville.

Created in 1933, GMA is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its members. GMA currently represents 537 cities in Georgia.


Statesboro #23 Best Small City to Start a Business

Statesboro was named 2018’s 23rd Best Small City to Start a Business in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

Starting a Business in Statesboro (1=Best; 631=Avg.):

  • 175th – Human-Resource Availability
  • 481st – Office-Space Affordability
  • 4th – Labor Costs
  • 277th – Average Growth of Business Revenues
  • 53rd – Investor Access

To view the full study click HERE.