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Small Town Podcast

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Ocilla, GA Mayor Matt Seale talks to other small town officials, discussing their stories and the stories of their small towns. Through these candid conversations, we hear about the joys and struggles of small town living. And of course, we hear about the hilarious things that only happen in a small town.

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Ocilla, GA Mayor Matt Seale talks to other small town officials, discussing their stories and the stories of their small towns. Through these candid conversations, we hear about the joys and struggles of small town living. And of course, we hear about the hilarious things that only happen in a small town.

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42 Ratings
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A Trip to Southern Charm and the Good Life

By Georgia southern rocks - May 21 2019
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Why would someone want to call a small town home? It only takes this podcast a minute to whisk you away on a stroll into Southern Life that few are lucky enough to make its discovery. I love joining Mayor Matt on a journey to the most quaint, charming, and tranquil small towns in Georgia. You quickly lose yourself and the to-do’s of your day as your mind leaves the hustle and bustle behind. Your tour starts downtown on Main Street greeted with warm sunshine, even warmer smiles and a simpler life in the stories shared by locals. Why live in a small town you ask... spend a little time with Small Town Podcast and you will be ready to experience the Good Life of small town living. Y’all come for a visit and you may just find a home. Thanks to Mayor Matt and all who make this a special treat.

Wonderful podcast

By Passepar2.2 - Feb 06 2018
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Off to a great start! I loved this episode and look very forward to more episodes.

iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
3
0
1
1

A Trip to Southern Charm and the Good Life

By Georgia southern rocks - May 21 2019
Read more
Why would someone want to call a small town home? It only takes this podcast a minute to whisk you away on a stroll into Southern Life that few are lucky enough to make its discovery. I love joining Mayor Matt on a journey to the most quaint, charming, and tranquil small towns in Georgia. You quickly lose yourself and the to-do’s of your day as your mind leaves the hustle and bustle behind. Your tour starts downtown on Main Street greeted with warm sunshine, even warmer smiles and a simpler life in the stories shared by locals. Why live in a small town you ask... spend a little time with Small Town Podcast and you will be ready to experience the Good Life of small town living. Y’all come for a visit and you may just find a home. Thanks to Mayor Matt and all who make this a special treat.

Wonderful podcast

By Passepar2.2 - Feb 06 2018
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Off to a great start! I loved this episode and look very forward to more episodes.
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Small Town Podcast

Latest release on Feb 23, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 7 days ago

Rank #1: 17: Episode 17: Infrastructure Issues and Solutions - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale focuses on municipal infrastructure. Whether you’re in a small town or a big city, water, sewer, roads, bridges and broadband are essential for cities of all sizes to live and grow. This episode includes conversations with local government officials, those who lobby at the state and local level, and Mayor Matt talks with special guests GDOT Director of Planning Jay Roberts and GA Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Aug 13 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #2: 6: Episode 30: GMA interviews Mayor Matt!

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale is the subject of the interview conducted by Amy Henderson of the Georgia Municipal Association. In this episode we learn about what Mayor Matt has learned through his experiences on Season 1 of Small Town Podcast, how things have changed since he set off on this project and what he would like to do moving forward. Mayor Matt also answers the "get to know you" questions he has asked others on previous episodes. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Apr 22 2019

55mins

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Rank #3: 3: Episode 3: James Eubanks - Town of Pelham

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Pelham, GA to talk with Mayor James Eubanks, a young Mayor that started in local government at the age of 25. The two discuss Mayor Eubanks leaving and coming back home to Pelham, small town rivalry with the next town over, having your own small town city school system, and why Pelham is a place you should visit. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Mar 05 2018

54mins

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Rank #4: 4: Episode 28: Mayor Pro Tem Matt Donaldson- City of Twin City, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Twin City, GA to talk with Mayor Pro Tem Matt Donaldson. The 2 discuss how 2 small towns merged to form Twin City in 1921, and the struggles and benefits of that merger. They also discuss recent struggles that Twin City has overcome and why Mayor Pro Tem Donaldson can’t imagine living anywhere else. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Mar 25 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: 16: Episode 40: Mayor Levern Clancy - City of Midway, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Midway, GA to talk with Mayor Levern Clancy in this third of three episodes sponsored by EOM Operations. The 2 Mayors discuss how Mayor Clancy grew up Midway and how as an adult, he was “encouraged” to get into local government. They also talk about the rich history of Midway and the building of their new City Hall. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Sep 09 2019

36mins

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Rank #6: 15: Episode 39: Mayor Barty Alderman- City of Springfield, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Springfield, GA to talk with Mayor Barty Alderman in this second of three episodes sponsored by EOM Operations. The 2 Mayors discuss how Mayor Alderman grew up near Springfield and when he left to go to school was determined to get back as soon as possible. They also talk revitalization efforts that have been made recently and the history you can visit in this coastal small town. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Aug 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #7: 14: Episode 38: Mayor Preston Dees - City of Sylvania, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Sylvania, GA to talk with Mayor Preston Dees in this first of three episodes sponsored by EOM Operations. The 2 Mayors discuss how Mayor Dees came to live in Sylvania and call it home and how he got into local government. They also talk about the rich history of the coastal community and developments being worked on for the future of this small town. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Aug 12 2019

47mins

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Rank #8: 2: Episode 2: Lace Futch - City of Willacoochee - Part 2

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale continues his conversation with Lace Futch, Willacoochee, GA's former Mayor. The two discuss the impressive job creation in Willacooche, the joys and struggles that many rural communities share today, as well more small town adventures. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Feb 19 2018

44mins

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Rank #9: 19: Episode 19: Agriculture Innovation and the World’s Largest Muscadine Vineyard - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale continues a conversation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black about how big the industry is. He also sits down with Irwin County farmer Gary Paulk to discuss the Paulk Family legacy and how they got into growing muscadines, starting from 5 acres to what is now the largest muscadine vineyard in the world. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Sep 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #10: 11: Episode 11: Chief Craig Tully - City of Colquitt

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale talks with City of Colquitt Fire Chief Craig Tully. The two discuss Chief Tully’s 40 year career in fire service, building up an all volunteer fire department in a small town, and the artistic and vibrant small town of Colquitt, GA. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Jun 04 2018

55mins

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Rank #11: 7: Episode 7: Candidates for Georgia Lt. Governor - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale interviews all 5 candidates for Lt Governor of Georgia and asks them what they plan to do for small towns in rural parts of the state if elected. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcat.com

Apr 16 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #12: 19: Mayor Tim Kerner - Town of Jean Lafitte, LA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Louisiana to begin a 5-episode series on small towns in Louisiana sponsored by the Louisiana Municipal Association. Mayor Matt’s first stop is in Jean Lafitte, LA to talk with Mayor Tim Kerner. The 2 Mayors discuss how Mayor Kerner grew up in Jean Lafitte and never really wanted to live anywhere else. Mayor Kerner discusses the many recreation opportunities his community has to offer. They also talk about challenges that small towns face in rural areas in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Oct 14 2019

49mins

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Rank #13: 5: Episode 5: Beth English - City of Vienna

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Vienna, Georgia for a conversation with longstanding Councilmember Beth English. The two discuss how English came to Vienna and quickly got involved with community groups and historic preservation, eventually being elected to City Council 5 times. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Mar 26 2018

44mins

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Rank #14: 15: Episode 15: Mayor Clarence Lee “Mutt” Rhodes - City of Siloam

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to the small town of Siloam, GA to talk with former Mayor and current City Councilmember Clarence Lee “Mutt” Rhodes. The 2 reflect on Mayor Rhodes long time in local government in the smallest town profile on the podcast so far. At age 91, Mayor Rhodes has some stories to share, including his trip to New York City to see the World’s Fair at age 12! For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Jul 16 2018

47mins

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Rank #15: 6: Episode 6: Cities on a (Capitol) Hill - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale heads to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to discuss how legislative action at the state level affect small towns everywhere. Ever wondered why cities need lobbyists? Guest include members of GMA's Government Relations team and Georgia State Representative Clay Pirkle. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Apr 02 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #16: 2: Episode 26: Mayor Sandy Lumpkin-City of Ashburn, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Ashburn, GA to talk with Mayor, and former Ashburn City Clerk, Sandy Lumpkin. The 2 discuss how Mayor Lumpkin came to be a resident of Ashburn after a life out West and how after a full career in Ashburn City government as an employee, she decided to run for office. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Feb 25 2019

50mins

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Rank #17: 17: Episode 41: Mayor Roger Bacon - City of Irwinton, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Irwinton, GA to talk with Mayor Roger Bacon. The 2 Mayors discuss how Mayor Bacon grew up in metro Atlanta but made his way to Irwinton and later became the Mayor.. They also talk collaboration efforts among the small towns in Wilkinson County and the State Banana Pudding Festival Irwinton started. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Sep 23 2019

52mins

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Rank #18: 14: Episode 14: Runoff Candidates for Georgia Lt Governor - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale talks with the 2 remaining candidates for the Republican nomination for Georgia Lt Governor, Rep. Geoff Duncan and Senator David Shafer. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Jul 02 2018

35mins

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Rank #19: 4: Episode 4: Mayor's Day - Workshop Episode

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to the Mayor’s Day Conference in this first ever Workshop Episode of the podcast. Mayor Matt speaks with Georgia Municipal Association Executive Director Larry Hanson about the current transition in local governments. Mayor Matt then talks with several newly elected small town Mayors and Councilmembers to see why they decided to run and what they hope to accomplish now that they’ve been elected. Visit www.smalltownpodcast.com for more info.

Mar 12 2018

27mins

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Rank #20: 1: Episode 25: Mayor Linda Blechinger-City of Auburn, GA

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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to Auburn, GA for a conversation with Mayor, and current President of the Georgia Municipal Association, Linda Blechinger. The 2 discuss Mayor Blechinger’s life story, coming from New York to settle in Georgia, getting into local government to make a difference, and the power of working together with other local officials through the Georgia Municipal Association. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Feb 11 2019

1hr 2mins

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