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Fort Valley's Front Porch Roll Call
August 23, 2016
According to Robert S. Stering's 2004 Police Officer's Handbook, a roll call is a briefing "where supervisors take attendance, inspect uniform and equipment, inform the oncoming shift of any outstanding incidents that may have occurred, inform officers of suspects to be looking out for, relate any law or procedural changes, and so on." While roll calls are a very common occurance in police departments around the state, the city of Fort Valley is taking the roll call to the community.

How to Build an Army of Supporters
August 17, 2016
Otis White
Over the years, I’ve talked with scores of civic leaders who’ve created successful civic projects, many of which involved significant changes by their cities. They all did two things you can easily imagine: They found ideas or solutions that worked (these were the projects they championed) and built a set of relationships that created political and public support.

Setting the Millage Rate Webinar
August 17, 2016
On August 8, 2016, the Georgia Municipal Association in Cooperation with the Georgia Department of Revenue produced a live webinar entitled “Setting the Millage Rate.” The presenter for this webinar was Ellen Mills, Director of the Local Government Services Division at the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Police Engage in ‘Partnership Policing’ and Community Outreach
August 16, 2016
Eden Jackson Landow
City police departments in Georgia are ramping up their community outreach as they strive to discern valid from unfair or untrue criticism while supporting and recruiting officers who uphold the oath to protect and serve.

How Cities Can Advance Racial Equity Through Community Conversations
August 11, 2016
Aileen Carr
Efforts to bring politicians, police, activists and community members to discuss racial tensions can be a great first step toward real progress on racial equity in cities. Such progress is possible when the dialogues are sustained over time and a wide range of stakeholders are included to create opportunities for healing.

NLC Resources on Community Policing and Racial Inequities
July 15, 2016
In the aftermath of the deaths in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, NLC has made available numerous resources for cities.

NLC's State of the Cities 2016
July 15, 2016
As the economy rebounds and fiscal health stabilizes, mayors across the country are using their State of the City speeches to tout the progress their communities have made through hard work, innovation and collaboration.

Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts (CIDs)
July 8, 2016
Georgia State University - Lindsay Kuhn, Sarah Larson, Carolyn Bourdeaux
Community improvement districts (CIDs) are an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia, with 25 active CIDs currently. CIDs have influenced the development of the metroAtlanta region significantly and have since expanded to other parts of the state.

The Benefits of Street-Scale Features for Walking and Biking
June 30, 2016
American Planning Association
As the costs of physical inactivity become increasingly evident, and as planners, public health professionals, and others working in the field of active transportation strive to promote walking and biking, the necessity of retrofitting and updating street facilities and sidewalk features is apparent.

Delinquent Tax: Interest and Penalty Changes
June 22, 2016
Due to the passage of House Bill 960 during the 2016 legislative session, calculation of penalties on property taxes and interest on most categories of taxes will change beginning July 1, 2016.

GMA Workshop Series: Budget and Revenue Forecasting
June 21, 2016
GMA offered regional workshops in May and June 2016 to provide municipal officials with information about budgeting and revenue forecasting.

Special Event Permits for the Sale of Alcohol
June 15, 2016
The Georgia Department of Revenue requested GMA to provide the following information about the issuance of special event permits for the sale of alcohol.

E-Fairness Update: South Dakota Online Sales Tax Legislation
June 14, 2016
In March 2016, South Dakota enacted a law requiring out-of-state vendors to collect sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state.

The Heart and Soul Bus Tour Travels Across State Lines
June 14, 2016
On May 11, the 16th annual Heart and Soul Bus Tour began its tour of three cities in Duluth. This was the third consecutive year that the tour functioned as a municipal training event and the first year it visited a city outside of Georgia.

GMA Offers Local Government Practicum
June 13, 2016
University of Georgia student Christian Hamilton was charged with a mission: explore the feasibility of a water park for the city of Mount Vernon.

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