BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects
NTIA's BroadbandUSA initiative presents this guide to key federal programs that offer funding for broadband-related projects. NTIA intends this guide to answer questions from communities on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.
IT Security Challenges
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, cyber security expert Iven Connary of vSector Security Technologies provided webinar participants with an overview of both the challenges and potential solutions for enhancing IT security. This recording of this webinar, presented within this article, is beneficial generally for city staff and elected officials.
Cedartown’s One Door Polk Builds Community Well-Being
A young man entered through the doors of One Door Polk in need of services from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)—what he received was an alarming diagnosis of previously undiscovered diabetes. The outcome of his visit is a prime example of why One Door Polk was established in Cedartown.
Athens’ Little Free Pantry Serves Those in Need
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce program, L.E.A.D. Athens, opened its very first Little Free Pantry in March, allowing the community to share surplus food and personal care items to individuals in need.
Municipal Ante Litem Notice Turned on its Head
In a decision, which is sure to cause waves in the world of Georgia municipal litigation, the Georgia Supreme Court recently narrowed the previously understood scope of a Georgia law requiring persons contemplating suing a city to give the city advance notice before actually filing the lawsuit.
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.