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DOL Announces New Overtime Rule
May 27, 2016
On May 18th, the Department of Labor announced the long-awaited provisions of the new overtime rule.  The new rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016 and focuses primarily on updating the salary / compensation levels.  It does not change any of the duties tests for the exemptions to the overtime provisions at this time. 

Toccoa Implements Renaissance Plan Toccoa Implements Renaissance Plan
May 11, 2016
During the summer of 2015, Megan Hull, a student from the University of Georgia’s College of Environ­ment and Design, assisted the city of Toccoa on a number of projects. Hull brought her design skills as a Landscape Architecture student and applied them to a variety of Toccoa’s needs ranging from design­ing “parklets” in the city’s downtown to beautify­ing gateway corridors on common routes into the downtown to creating a unified approach to signage throughout the city.

Porterdale Thinks Big to Preserve a Small Town Porterdale Thinks Big to Preserve a Small Town
May 11, 2016   |  Josephine Kelly
The city of Porterdale shares many of the characteristics of small towns across the state, including a limited budget, a small staff and limited re­sources for development. Yet, even with these challenges, over 10 years ago the city’s leadership committed to planning Porterdale’s future by thinking big and looking for every opportunity to create value for one of the state’s most intact mill villages.

Small Cities Put Themselves on the Map Small Cities Put Themselves on the Map
May 11, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
Nationwide, towns and cities are putting themselves on the map and striving to remain top of mind with business, industry and tourism. Consider New York: The Big Apple and Los Angeles: The City of Angels. While not at first familiar nicknames, consistent marketing helped these monikers take hold and stick.

Watkinsville Brings Art Downtown Watkinsville Brings Art Downtown
May 10, 2016
The city of Watkinsville, known as the “Artland of Georgia,” recently installed several sculptures in its downtown. The sculptures and a series of art pan­els represent two pop-up exhibitions designed to enhance public spaces in the city and encourage conversations on the importance of art in this com­munity of 2,800.

Cities Use Resources and Signature Events to Attract Visitors Cities Use Resources and Signature Events to Attract Visitors
May 10, 2016   |  Gale Gay
Learning how to bank on natural resources, special events, history, landmarks and new development is key to cities attracting visitors, businesses and even new residents to their communities. 

Cities Urged to Help Reduce Georgia’s Mosquito Population
April 13, 2016
Spring has arrived in Georgia, bringing with it one of its sure sign – mosqui­toes. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and GMA are encouraging cities to take action to reduce the state’s mosquito population.

Chamblee’s Downtown Renaissance Plan Adds Energy to the City
April 11, 2016
In the summer of 2015, the city of Chamblee was invited to participate in the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a partnership of GMA, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the Uni­versity of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the College of Envi­ronment and Design. City staff and the Chamblee Downtown Development Au­thority (DDA) worked with senior UGA landscape architecture student Juan da Silva to create design options for Cham­blee’s historic commercial business dis­trict Peachtree Road.

Villa Rica Residents Introduced to Reverse Angle Parking Villa Rica Residents Introduced to Reverse Angle Parking
April 11, 2016
Villa Rica residents and visitors to the city’s downtown will soon be introduced to Reverse Angle Parking (RAP). According to the city’s website, RAP is a safer type of angle parking. 

Sandy Springs Creates Its Center Point
April 11, 2016
The 35 years that preceded the incor­poration of Sandy Springs in 2005 saw the area transform from a predominately rural area to the second most populated community in Metro Atlanta.

Duluth Saves Legacy to Build Legacy Duluth Saves Legacy to Build Legacy
April 11, 2016
Every Georgia downtown has a building or set of buildings that the community deems cannot be lost under any circum­stance. These legacy buildings have sur­vived time and fate to become etched in the collective memories of each citizen and visitor as “sacred” ground.

Ball Ground Leaders Breathe Life into Their Downtown Ball Ground Leaders Breathe Life into Their Downtown
April 11, 2016
Ball Ground city officials recently adopted a new slo­gan: “We Roll Out the Red Carpet—Not the Red Tape,” which symbolizes their philosophy on dealing with the Ball Ground business community and the way they took action to restore a declining downtown.

Cities Rebound and Rebuild After Natural Disasters Cities Rebound and Rebuild After Natural Disasters
April 11, 2016
Natural disasters are a com­mon occurrence throughout the state. Tornadoes, hurri­canes, severe storms, floods and wildfires wreak havoc on communities. Some cities are learning that preparation is key to dealing with the forces of nature. This prepara­tion combined with resolve, strong leadership and a uni­fied community are credited with helping communities bounce back from devasta­tion.

Hub Cities Enhance Downtowns to Increase Cities’ Marketability Hub Cities Enhance Downtowns to Increase Cities’ Marketability
April 8, 2016
Formed out of a collaborative meet-and-greet of may­ors during GMA’s 2013 annual Mayor’s Day Confer­ence, the GMA Hub Cities Initiative is described by GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton as an effort used to “harness and leverage the state’s full econom­ic potential.”

D.O.J. releases three-part series to guide police engagement with diverse communities
March 14, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the release of a series of guidebooks by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services that promote building trust between police agencies and the communities they serve. The new COPS Office publications highlight the importance of building trust.

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