Savannah’s City government adopted a council/manager form of government in 1954. Otis S. Johnson became Savannah’s Mayor in 2004. The current City Council, which consists of the Mayor and eight Aldermen, levies taxes, enacts ordinances, adopts the annual budget, and appoints the City Manager. There are many government offices throughout the city of Savannah.
Chatham County, the fifth largest county in Georgia, proud to be the home of the Georgia Ports Authority better known as the Port of Savannah, one of the top three busiest ports in the United States. With just under 300,000 people living in Chatham’s 632 square miles, the County is home to scores of major employers in manufacturing, paper products, chemicals, transportation and other heavy equipment, logistics, healthcare, food products and education with companies such as Gulfstream, Weyerhaeuser, International Paper, and Dane Trailers.
Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 library locations serving a 3-county region in southeast Georgia. Each year, the Library checks out almost 1.3 million items, answers in excess of 650,000 questions, registers more than 450,000 computer sessions, and presents programs to nearly 80,000 patrons in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.
The Public Works and Water Resources Department promotes public health and safety through thoughtful management of our water resources and greenspaces. We plan and promote for the efficient use of our drinking water and ensure the water you use is treated properly before it flows back out into the environment to be used again.
Public Works and Park Services is responsible for Water & Sewer, Solid Waste, Recycling, Road Maintenance, Bridges & Stormwater Maintenance. Maintenance includes mowing of county roadways and canals, grading of dirt roads, installation + repair of traffic signs, sweeping street gutters, repairing roadway failures and damages, striping of roads, cleaning and construction of open/closed storm water drainage conduits, curbside collection of yard waste and bulky items and multiple solid waste drop off centers + operating of drawbridges.
Behind Savannah’s historic facade are vibrant, forward-thinking residents, a progressive government, and an innovative business community. Underneath those cobble-stoned streets lie 38 miles of fiber optic cable. Those jaw-dropping container ships that lumber past our picture post card waterfront? They’re headed to the fastest growing and fourth busiest port in the nation.
Popular Savannah Destinations
FREE at more than 300 locations in the city and surrounding areas. Savannah Scene provides a comprehensive view of what this city has to offer in the way of shopping, dining, activities, and events. If you would like to preview Savannah Scene before your arrival, you can view Savannah Scene online.
Lowcountry Leisure Guide
FREE at more than 350 locations in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort and Savannah areas. The guide provides a comprehensive view of what these locations have to offer in the way of shopping, dining, activities and events. If you would like to preview the guide before your arrival, you can view the guide online.