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Watkinsville - The Artland of Georgia
August 29, 2016
Mayor Charles Ivie
Many historical towns/villages are identified by statues of famous people telling a compelling story of place and culture. Watkinsville does not have such a monument, though its history extends to the beginning of the 19th century. What it does have is art, and a thriving community pride in its growing reputation as the Artland of Georgia. 

The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual
August 29, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This manual from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains the importance of understanding and measuring the built environment and provides a tool for doing so.

Anatomy of a Preservation Deal: Innovations in Preserving Affordable Housing from around the United States
August 26, 2016
Mark Treskon and Sara McTarnaghan, Urban Institute
Preserving existing affordable housing generally costs less than new construction, prevents displacement, and takes advantage of existing land-use patterns. However, it presents its own set of challenges: developers need to weave together federal, state, and local funding sources; employ state and municipal policy tools; and seek collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

Best Social Media Platforms Revealed for Cities
August 25, 2016
Whether or not cities know it, their residents are talking about them with friends, family and more importantly, publicly on social media. This reality illustrates why the experts at the Government Social Media Organization (GSMO) encourage governments agencies to be a part of those conversations by using social media to tell their stories, listen to residents and have an open dialogue about issues that matter. 

Chalking Up a Positive Budgeting Experience
August 25, 2016
Pamela A. Keene
The budgeting process can be challenging, especially when a municipality has spent its reserves during the Great Recession and has lost revenue from a major employer. But, the city of Hapeville—just south of Atlanta—has found the key for developing and implementing its annual budget as a living, breathing plan that’s responsive to citizen- and staff-based input. 

Finding Value in Local Relevance
August 25, 2016
Nancy Harris, Mayor of the City of Duluth
Oftentimes municipalities struggle to identify their own uniqueness and settle on the generic amenities and attributes that can be found in the conventional “cool” cities. As Harvard business professor Michael Porter puts it, “Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique matrix of value.” 

Georgia General Assembly Addresses Police Issues
August 25, 2016
Phil Friduss
Use of force by police, specifically, use of force against minorities, dominated the public’s view of law enforcement the past two years until the recent Dallas and Baton Rouge massacres. Through HB 941 the General Assembly took aim at the criminal side of police force.

New Law Affects Police Video Storage and Retention
August 25, 2016
Effective July 1 HB 976 impacts how cities must retain video recordings. Specifically, Section 2(b) of the law states that: video recordings from law enforcement body-worn devices or devices located on or inside of law enforcement vehicles shall be retained for 180 days from the date of such recording. 

Macon-Bibb County Uses Technology to Engage Residents
August 25, 2016
Macon Bibb County has taken citizen engagement digital while revolutionizing the way it responds to complaints about potholes, graffiti, overgrown grass and other quality of life issues with the SeeClickFix application.

Social Media Improves Citizen Engagement in Hinesville
August 25, 2016
Brittany McClure, Public Relations Manager at the City of Hinesville
The cultural impact of social media is tremendous. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have revolutionized the way that people interact, communicate and receive and disseminate information.

Fort Valley's Front Porch Roll Call
August 23, 2016
According to Robert S. Stering's 2004 Police Officer's Handbook, a roll call is a briefing "where supervisors take attendance, inspect uniform and equipment, inform the oncoming shift of any outstanding incidents that may have occurred, inform officers of suspects to be looking out for, relate any law or procedural changes, and so on." While roll calls are a very common occurance in police departments around the state, the city of Fort Valley is taking the roll call to the community.

How to Build an Army of Supporters
August 17, 2016
Otis White
Over the years, I’ve talked with scores of civic leaders who’ve created successful civic projects, many of which involved significant changes by their cities. They all did two things you can easily imagine: They found ideas or solutions that worked (these were the projects they championed) and built a set of relationships that created political and public support.

Setting the Millage Rate Webinar
August 17, 2016
On August 8, 2016, the Georgia Municipal Association in Cooperation with the Georgia Department of Revenue produced a live webinar entitled “Setting the Millage Rate.” The presenter for this webinar was Ellen Mills, Director of the Local Government Services Division at the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Police Engage in ‘Partnership Policing’ and Community Outreach
August 16, 2016
Eden Jackson Landow
City police departments in Georgia are ramping up their community outreach as they strive to discern valid from unfair or untrue criticism while supporting and recruiting officers who uphold the oath to protect and serve.

How Cities Can Advance Racial Equity Through Community Conversations
August 11, 2016
Aileen Carr
Efforts to bring politicians, police, activists and community members to discuss racial tensions can be a great first step toward real progress on racial equity in cities. Such progress is possible when the dialogues are sustained over time and a wide range of stakeholders are included to create opportunities for healing.

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