Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness
This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.
GMA Municipal Workforce Development Task Force Report
The recommendations in this report cover recruitment, retention, training, and succession planning as the basic stages of developing a productive workforce in Georgia’s cities and are grouped into three clusters of activities: marketing, training, and developing a toolbox.
A Library Grows in Harlem
With new growth come new challenges, opportunities and above all—change. For examples of this process, look no further than Harlem’s library. Having outgrown a 145-year-old historic home of 1,500 square feet, the library’s 18,000 titles and eight computers are no longer adequate for the needs of the community.
Sugar Hill Strives to Create a Destination Downtown
Over the past 10 years, Sugar Hill city officials have built on their downtown vision with great help from community input and participation. This input has served as the backbone of the city’s first downtown master plan. Sugar Hill city leaders have also made key downtown investments to help implement this vision.
Musical Officials Hit the ‘Right Notes’
It could be said that people in public office march to a different beat, and that can be a good thing. In several cities across Georgia, residents are reaping the benefits of their elected officials’ musical talents.
BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects
NTIA's BroadbandUSA initiative presents this guide to key federal programs that offer funding for broadband-related projects. NTIA intends this guide to answer questions from communities on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.
IT Security Challenges
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, cyber security expert Iven Connary of vSector Security Technologies provided webinar participants with an overview of both the challenges and potential solutions for enhancing IT security. This recording of this webinar, presented within this article, is beneficial generally for city staff and elected officials.
Cedartown’s One Door Polk Builds Community Well-Being
A young man entered through the doors of One Door Polk in need of services from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)—what he received was an alarming diagnosis of previously undiscovered diabetes. The outcome of his visit is a prime example of why One Door Polk was established in Cedartown.
Athens’ Little Free Pantry Serves Those in Need
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce program, L.E.A.D. Athens, opened its very first Little Free Pantry in March, allowing the community to share surplus food and personal care items to individuals in need.
Municipal Ante Litem Notice Turned on its Head
In a decision, which is sure to cause waves in the world of Georgia municipal litigation, the Georgia Supreme Court recently narrowed the previously understood scope of a Georgia law requiring persons contemplating suing a city to give the city advance notice before actually filing the lawsuit.
Barnesville City Manager Dedicates His Career to Local Government
In 1968, if someone would’ve told Kenneth “Kenny” Roberts that he would be city manager of Barnesville, he wouldn’t have believed them. At the time, Roberts was 16 and working for the city’s recreation department cutting grass and picking up trash at the community center. But, as he transitioned to other positions in the city the idea of becoming city manager became much more of a reality to him.
Cities Combat Downtown Challenges
There’s nothing small about the issues small towns face in enhancing their downtowns. Whether the communities are in rural, urban or suburban locations, many share similar challenges in keeping their downtowns relevant. Some areas struggle with revitalization, while others seek ways to continually make their downtowns attractive for businesses and consumers at a time of evolving shopping trends.