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Yes, it’s True: You Cannot Sue a Dog— Or a Cat, for That Matter Yes, it’s True: You Cannot Sue a Dog— Or a Cat, for That Matter
June 19, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
Just when you think you heard it all, something new just crash lands into my inbox; a case about a K-9 named Draco.  A case in which Draco, among some humans and a county, get sued.  Oh, yes he did…
 


GMA’s Bricks and Mortar Financing Program Makes Purchase of Loganville City Hall Easy
June 19, 2017
When a building previously used as an elementary school went up for sale, the city of Loganville saw an opportunity. As the city’s population rapidly grew over the last few years, its current city hall was struggling to keep pace. To move quickly, the city needed expertise about financing and its application to local governments. City officials called GMA, and the financing was handled through GMA’s Bricks and Mortar Financing Program.


A Library Grows in Harlem A Library Grows in Harlem
June 13, 2017
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 Sugar Hill Strives to Create a Destination Downtown
June 13, 2017
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’ Musical Officials Hit the ‘Right Notes’
June 12, 2017
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. 
 


Bainbridge Enlightens Residents with Living History Tour Bainbridge Enlightens Residents with Living History Tour
June 12, 2017
Bainbridge history comes to life each spring and fall as the city and the Downtown Development Authority host the Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour. 


BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects
May 25, 2017   |  National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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
May 24, 2017
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
May 22, 2017
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.


Cities Encouraged to Help Build Georgia’s Sustainable Food Future
May 16, 2017
As of late, Georgians are finding themselves at the intersection of sustainability and health as they decide where their food dollars go, which also impacts their health and local economies.
 


Athens’ Little Free Pantry Serves Those in Need Athens’ Little Free Pantry Serves Those in Need
May 15, 2017
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
May 10, 2017   |  By Rusi Patel, Associate General Counsel, Georgia Municipal Association
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 Barnesville City Manager Dedicates His Career to Local Government
April 25, 2017
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
April 19, 2017   |  By Gale Horton Gay
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.
 


Whistlestop Shops Built to Inspire Entrepreneurship and Downtown Development Whistlestop Shops Built to Inspire Entrepreneurship and Downtown Development
April 5, 2017
The city of Auburn has adopted the "micro-retailing" trend with its new Whistlestop Shops. These shops, which are locat­ed next to Auburn City Hall, displays city officials’ and staffs’ intentions of encouraging their residents.


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