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.
Small Cities’ Response to Growth Spikes is a Juggling Act
An explosion in population and business development is underway in many Georgia cities, a phenomena that brings opportunities but also challenges. City officials report that growth spikes require juggling immediate needs along with planning for the future.
An Extensive Look into Georgia’s Growth Pattern
In 2009, 14 Georgia counties ranked in the top 100 fastest growing counties in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2015, that list had dwindled to include just eight Georgia counties.
Open Data Privacy Playbook
Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive or identifiable information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is available to the public. While releasing data has many important benefits, sharing data comes with inherent risks to individual privacy: released data can reveal information about individuals that would otherwise not be public knowledge.
GMA Model ROW Agreement Webinar
Many cities have worked with telecommunications companies seeking to place equipment on water tank towers and cell towers on public rights of way. As these companies increasingly compete for better wireless coverage, they have begun to rely more on specialty companies that approach cities about placing “small cells” in the public right of way.
Win-Win with Bicycle Programs Across Georgia
On a trip through Smyrna, one might find a jovial group of residents riding identical bicycles and enjoying the city’s new bike share program. Programs similar to Smyrna’s, which use Zagster bikes and other bike-share services, have been popping up across the state.