Rank #1: 17: Episode 17: Infrastructure Issues and Solutions - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #2: 6: Episode 30: GMA interviews Mayor Matt!
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
Rank #3: 3: Episode 3: James Eubanks - Town of Pelham
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
Rank #4: 4: Episode 28: Mayor Pro Tem Matt Donaldson- City of Twin City, GA
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
Rank #5: 16: Episode 40: Mayor Levern Clancy - City of Midway, GA
Sep 09 2019
Rank #6: 15: Episode 39: Mayor Barty Alderman- City of Springfield, GA
Aug 26 2019
Rank #7: 14: Episode 38: Mayor Preston Dees - City of Sylvania, GA
Aug 12 2019
Rank #8: 2: Episode 2: Lace Futch - City of Willacoochee - Part 2
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
Rank #9: 19: Episode 19: Agriculture Innovation and the World’s Largest Muscadine Vineyard - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #10: 11: Episode 11: Chief Craig Tully - City of Colquitt
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
Rank #11: 7: Episode 7: Candidates for Georgia Lt. Governor - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #12: 19: Mayor Tim Kerner - Town of Jean Lafitte, LA
Oct 14 2019
Rank #13: 5: Episode 5: Beth English - City of Vienna
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
Rank #14: 15: Episode 15: Mayor Clarence Lee “Mutt” Rhodes - City of Siloam
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
Rank #15: 6: Episode 6: Cities on a (Capitol) Hill - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #16: 2: Episode 26: Mayor Sandy Lumpkin-City of Ashburn, GA
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
Rank #17: 17: Episode 41: Mayor Roger Bacon - City of Irwinton, GA
Sep 23 2019
Rank #18: 14: Episode 14: Runoff Candidates for Georgia Lt Governor - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #19: 4: Episode 4: Mayor's Day - Workshop Episode
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
Rank #20: 1: Episode 25: Mayor Linda Blechinger-City of Auburn, GA
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