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Brookhaven Tackles Child Exploitation Issue Brookhaven Tackles Child Exploitation Issue
January 8, 2015
Child sex trafficking happens in towns across Georgia and it is happening right under the noses of city leaders and city law enforcement. That was the message Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura conveyed at a recent press con­ference to talk about the city’s efforts to com­bat Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Chil­dren (CSEC).

Billboard/Vegetation Management Law Has Implications for Cities Billboard/Vegetation Management Law Has Implications for Cities
January 8, 2015   |  Wilton Rooks, Executive Director, Scenic Georgia, Inc.
During the 2011 General Assembly ses­sion, the outdoor advertising lobby suc­cessfully passed HB 179 to provide for enhanced vegetation management of the Rights of Way along Georgia high­ways.

Service Delivery Strategy Webinar Service Delivery Strategy Webinar
December 15, 2014
Because many cities around the state are undergoing (or soon will be undergoing) the process of updating their SDS, GMA offered a series of workshops around the state to provide municipal officials with information about the requirements in the Service Delivery Act and suggestions for how to calculate tax equity.

Getting Your Rights-of Way-Right Getting Your Rights-of Way-Right
December 13, 2014
This December 10, 2014 webinar reviews the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) new rules on cell tower siting and the placement of facilities in your rights-of-way.

Immigration Reporting Requirements
December 12, 2014
All cities are required to file their annual immigration reports with the Department of Audits and Accounts on or before December 31, 2014. The 2014 report will include activity from December 1, 2013 – November 30, 201

DOAS Program Tutorials DOAS Program Tutorials
November 14, 2014
The Georgia Department of Administrative Services provides a number of services Georgia's cities can take advantage of.

Suwanee Program Teaches Teens Leadership, Civic Engagement Suwanee Program Teaches Teens Leadership, Civic Engagement
November 7, 2014
After meeting with a variety of community leaders, developing their individual leadership philosophies and skills, and logging more than 700 community volunteer hours, more than 50 local high school students have completed the city of Suwanee’s inaugural Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) program. SYL is designed to build youth leaders in the community and outside the classroom.

Downtown Arts and Entertainment: The ‘Closer’ for City Wide Development Downtown Arts and Entertainment: The ‘Closer’ for City Wide Development
November 7, 2014   |  Chris McGahee, Duluth Economic Development Manager
When Eddie Owen, founder of the legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, first paid a visit to downtown Duluth, the experience was enough to change the path of his life and career. He left the hip, comfortable, urban environment of Decatur to set up shop in Duluth’s Red Clay Theatre. That was nearly three years ago.

Cedartown Successful in Civic Engagement Efforts Cedartown Successful in Civic Engagement Efforts
November 7, 2014
Cedartown is the kind of place where residents care about their community and haven’t been shy about expressing how they feel and being involved. But previously their concerns often weren’t focused, according to one official.

Georgia Sales Tax Exemptions: GMA Report on the Impact to Georgia's Counties and Cities
November 7, 2014
This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.

Citizen Engagement in the 21st Century: Why and How We Use Citizen Engagement in Our Downtown Development Process Citizen Engagement in the 21st Century: Why and How We Use Citizen Engagement in Our Downtown Development Process
November 6, 2014   |  Danny Bivins, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
What do Americus, Bainbridge, Cairo, Cedartown, Clarkesville, Dawsonville and Perry have in common? All have undergone or are currently undergoing the downtown development process through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership.

Meet a Millennial Mayor with a Mind for Citizen Engagement Meet a Millennial Mayor with a Mind for Citizen Engagement
November 6, 2014
In the 10 months since Terry has been mayor, he, along with the city council and the city staff, have implemented a number of initiatives designed to reach its young and diverse constituency, including events, participatory budgeting, social media and the traditional town hall. At age 31, this millennial mayor is keenly aware that you have to reach people where they are.

Entertainment Complex Slated for Kingsland Entertainment Complex Slated for Kingsland
October 6, 2014
The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that clears the way for Epic Resorts Group, LLC to develop EPIC Adventures Resort Kingsland, a $350 million regional entertainment tourism complex on 495 acres of vacant land along Interstate-95 off Exit 3 in Kingsland.

Geocaching Attracts Tourists to Cities Geocaching Attracts Tourists to Cities
October 6, 2014
A modern twist on treasure hunting has captured the interest of more and more people. And now many Georgia cities and other destinations are jumping on the bandwagon as well, recognizing that it’s a good way to stimulate tourism.

Cities Drive Georgia’s Tourism Industry Cities Drive Georgia’s Tourism Industry
October 6, 2014
According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.

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