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A Mayor’s Test for Good Decisions A Mayor’s Test for Good Decisions
March 30, 2015   |  Otis White, President, Civic Strategies Inc.
Decisions are what government executives, elected officials and civic leaders do. They may make them in groups or alone, in public or private, but they spend a great deal of time preparing for, making, and carrying out decisions. Which begs the question: How do we know if we’re making good decision

New Report on Sharing Economy Examines Impact on U.S. Cities New Report on Sharing Economy Examines Impact on U.S. Cities
March 12, 2015   |  National League of Cities
From innovation to equity to safety, the sharing economy is impacting cities in a variety of ways that communities do business. A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) looks at how the sharing economy impacts five key areas: innovation, economic development, equity, safety and implementation.

Federal Program Helps Northwest Georgia Boost Manufacturing Industry
March 5, 2015
The 2008 recession hit the Northwest Georgia region’s once flourishing floor covering industry hard; the entire region suffered, losing more than 16,000 jobs with the of Dalton-Whitfield County area losing 4,600 jobs, according to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

Sharing Economy Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Cities Sharing Economy Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Cities
March 5, 2015
​As the shared economy upends traditional businesses and disrupts local regulatory environments while at the same time fueling innovation and growth, the attitude towards sharing businesses has also shifted in cities.

A Mayor for All Seasons A Mayor for All Seasons
March 5, 2015   |  EM1 Mark Treen, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Public Affairs
Kenneth Smith has been making a difference and making changes to help others for his entire life. This is true whether he is serving as the mayor of Kingsland or as a weight tester for Trident Refit Facility.

Elections Webinar: Special Elections & Changing Precincts and Polling Places Elections Webinar: Special Elections & Changing Precincts and Polling Places
February 26, 2015
This webinar from the Georgia Secreatry of State's Office is focused on the 2015 municipal election cycle and includes information regarding March special elections and changing municipal precincts and polling places.

Public Safety Programs Help Create Positive Downtown Experiences Public Safety Programs Help Create Positive Downtown Experiences
February 10, 2015   |  Stephanie Aylworth
From an economic development perspective, public safety in the downtown district is an im­perative for business recruitment efforts and at­tracting patrons to the existing businesses and events.

Stockbridge Partners with Community to Build New Monument Park Stockbridge Partners with Community to Build New Monument Park
February 10, 2015
When the Eagle’s Landing Road Widening Project began, plans also were set in motion to create a beautiful park at the corner of Eagle’s Landing Parkway and Rock Quarry Road in the city of Stockbridge.

Councilmember Lends Expertise to Kenyan Community
February 9, 2015
Clarkston Councilmember Dean Moore spent two months in Kenya last year, from March to May. It was an experience that has augmented his city service.

Georgia Cities Find Police Body Cameras Helpful Georgia Cities Find Police Body Cameras Helpful
February 9, 2015
Body camera technology is not a new resource for several Georgia law enforcement agencies. Several Georgia city police officers have been wearing the cameras for some time, including officers in the city of Valdosta.

Compliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and Municipalities
February 2, 2015   |  Carl Vinson Institute of Government
This publication is designed to assist auditors and local officials in conducting high-quality audits of local governments in compliance with state laws. This edition captures changes in state law through the 2014 session of the General Assembly.

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.

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