Hall County is looking to purchase more than 21 acres behind the Harrison Square public housing complex on the south side of Gainesville to develop a park and community center for the largely minority residents who call the area home.
For the more than 32,000 Hall County residents living in poverty, and the countless more teetering on the brink, just knowing who to ask and where to go for help can sometimes be the biggest chore of all.
Hall County will likely lose half its current insurance providers within the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The move would affect about 10,400 residents who buy individual exchange coverage.
The devastating floods that swamped parts of Louisiana last month, particularly in and around Baton Rouge, inspired several churches and agencies in Gainesville and Hall County to respond with the same devotion they give to their home communities.
Gainesville is looking to establish a free wireless broadband hotspot in the downtown square to improve e-commerce, recruit new businesses, provide educational opportunities in an outdoor setting and promote cultural events in the historic heart of the city.