June’s Duluth Dog of the Month: Charlie

Can we hear a round of a-paws for June’s Dog of the Month: Charlie!

Charlie’s humans said he “is a 3-year-old Goldendoodle who has loved his life in Duluth over the past year! His favorite thing to do is run around at the local dog park and chase other dogs around. He loves playtime, going on walks around downtown, and getting all the attention from those around him.” Sounds like if you see this good boy around town you should stop and give him a pet!

For his dedication to helping keep our waterways clean and local ecosystems intact, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital has partnered with us to offer a great prize pack to our Dog of the Month.

Take the pledge and your pup (or pups) may just be featured as our next Dog of the Month!


Duluth Council Member Graeder Receives Award at GMA Convention

Council Member Manfred Graeder received the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute Certificate of Recognition during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on June 26. 

The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials.

Michael-Angelo James, Mayor of the City of Waycross (Left) and Council Member Manfred Graeder from the City of Duluth (Right) holding his award.
Michael-Angelo James, Mayor of the City of Waycross (Left) and Council Member Manfred Graeder from the City of Duluth (Right).


“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA CEO and Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Council member Graeder for this accomplishment and for the dedication shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”

To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit, including at least 18 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of more than 70 courses.


“We are proud of our partnership with GMA to provide high-quality, relevant training to Georgia’s more than 3,500 municipal officials,” said UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Rob Gordon. ”The institute remains committed to being the trusted resource that city officials across Georgia turn to for leadership and professional development training that makes a difference in the lives of the citizens they represent.”  

About the Georgia Municipal Association: Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to all of Georgia’s 537 cities. GMA anticipates and influences the forces shaping Georgia’s cities and to provide leadership, tools and services that assist municipal governments in becoming more innovative, effective and responsive. Created in 1933, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. For more information, visit www.gacities.com. 


DPD Takes Action Against Street Racing & Reckless Driving Exhibition Violators

Many of you are aware that street racing and other dangerous activities such as laying drags and street “take-overs” have become a major issue in the Gwinnett County area in recent months. To combat this issue, the City of Duluth has enacted a City Ordinance against Street Racing, which allows Duluth Police Officers to take swift action and bring these cases before a City of Duluth Municipal Court Judge for prosecution.

Under the ordinance, Duluth Police Officers can charge organizers, participants, spectators, and passengers with the Street Racing offense, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or any combination of the two. Vehicles involved in each case may be impounded and held for a period of no less than 30 days or until the completion of the case at the expense of the registered owner.

In the past week, Duluth Police Officers have taken strong action against street racers and have stopped and arrested numerous drivers for laying drags in the public roadway and in commercial parking lots. As a result, 27 citations were issued, two individuals were arrested, and five vehicles were towed.

“The Duluth Police Department will not tolerate illegal street racing or any other activity which endangers our public. We will continue to use strategies to combat this type of activity to include enforcing our Street Racing City Ordinance. Our officers will take immediate enforcement action against anyone who chooses to engage in such reckless behavior in our City.” – Chief Carruth

Duluth Virtual Now Open

You’ve asked, you’ve pleaded and guess what? The Duluth Virtual Shop is now LIVE! 🎉 Don’t snooze, because the pre-order shop closes its doors on June 30.
All the items in our shop are now available for pre-order, so you can secure your Duluth treasures before they fly off the virtual shelves! Remember, the shop will close its doors on June 30, so make sure to grab your favorites before it’s too late.
Mark your calendars because starting July 28, you can swing by City Hall to pick up your order. Keep an eye on your inbox for pick-up instructions when they become available. Please note, the trucker caps will be available for pickup in mid-late August.