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Climate Smart Brownfields Manual Climate Smart Brownfields Manual
January 9, 2017   |  U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Brownfield revitalization can support community efforts to become more resilient to climate change impacts by incorporating adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process. This manual, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will help communities think about climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in the context of brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.

Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn’t even notice
January 3, 2017   |  Quartz
Imagine having to take out the trash only twice a month, or knowing what parking spots are available before arriving at your destination and swiftly paying for them via your mobile phone.

HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool
December 8, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) – an innovative reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?”

Students Learn Lessons in Mock Trial Program Students Learn Lessons in Mock Trial Program
December 7, 2016
Since 2006, the city of Valdosta has hosted mock trials at the Valdosta Municipal Court for area youth. It is also one of the many educational pro­grams the city offers to inform and educate stu­dents on local government. 

Invest Georgia Exemptions Give Businesses an Extra Boost Invest Georgia Exemptions Give Businesses an Extra Boost
December 5, 2016
There is a little-known and underutilized tool avail­able in Georgia designed to help new businesses and new projects raise capital. This tool is called the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE).

Dahlonega Improves Its Municipal Courts and Builds Community Trust Dahlonega Improves Its Municipal Courts and Builds Community Trust
December 2, 2016

The city of Dahlonega’s municipal court, which has been credited for making multiple improvements, enlisted a num­ber of changes to ensure a fair and orderly court procedure including seamless integration with the district attorney’s of­fice, implementing a consistent recordkeeping process and contracting with the public defender’s office.


GMA Conducts Survey of Municipal Courts
November 28, 2016
As part of its Municipal Court initiative, GMA conducted two surveys concerning municipal courts: the Municipal Court Survey for City Clerks and the Municipal Court Survey for Municipal Court Judges. 

Newnan Police Improve Their Community Outreach Programs Newnan Police Improve Their Community Outreach Programs
November 28, 2016
In 2015, the Newnan Police Depart­ment hired its first community re­source officer. Since taking the posi­tion, Officer Edward Lee has initiated three programs to reach the youth of the community.

RAD Classes Are a Success in Decatur
November 23, 2016
Decatur hosted its first Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems of Self Defense Basic Physical De­fense for Women Course in February, 2014 with 10 students. In less than three years, the program has grown with 200 women having completed the course and 130 on the waiting list to take it. Many participants are mothers and their teen daughters.

Fair Labor Standards Act Basics with New DOL Overtime Rules Fair Labor Standards Act Basics with New DOL Overtime Rules
November 23, 2016
UPDATED: The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy.

101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City
November 22, 2016   |  Curbed.com
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. Authors at Curbed.com know the power of a vegetable garden planted in a vacant lot or a library installed on a sidewalk. For Micro Week, Curbed.com shares 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places.

Three-Tiers in My Craft Beer
November 21, 2016
Georgia is one of the only two states in the nation that does not allow a craft brewery to sell its locally pro­duced beer to visitors of the brewery. And, if the legis­lation introduced by the Mississippi Brewers Guild is passed in 2017, Georgia will be the only state left with this outdated system. 

Which Came First–The Chicken or Economic Development? Which Came First–The Chicken or Economic Development?
November 16, 2016
On January 7, 2015, the city of Louisville received an offer it could have refused. An unnamed company considered creating new jobs in the area if—and it was a big “if”—the city could provide a 150,000-square-foot building with a combined water and sewer capacity of 1.6 million gallons per day. One more detail: the company wanted the facility to be operational by December 17, 2015.

Zika Overview by the Georgia Department of Public Health Zika Overview by the Georgia Department of Public Health
November 14, 2016   |  Georgia Department of Public Health
This information about the Zika virus was presented by Georgia Department of Public Health staff at the GMA District 10 and 11 Fall 2016 Meetings.

The City of Baconton Provides Inmates On-The-Job Experience The City of Baconton Provides Inmates On-The-Job Experience
November 8, 2016
Hang around GMA for a while, says Baconton Mayor Annette Morman, and you’re going to get a lot of good ideas. 

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