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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies Safer Streets, Stronger Economies
April 24, 2015   |  Smart Growth America
What do communities get for their investments in Complete Streets? In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal.

Cities: Where All Things Connect Cities: Where All Things Connect
April 14, 2015
In his TEDXAugusta talk on January 30, 2015, Deke Copenhaver, the former mayor of Augusta, Georgia, highlights how cities should be viewed as organisms where all sectors need to be healthy in order to achieve sustainable prosperity.

Once Divided, Now United, McRae-Helena Focused on Future, Downtown Once Divided, Now United, McRae-Helena Focused on Future, Downtown
April 10, 2015   |  Liz McLean
​Only three months into its existence, the recently merged city of McRae-Helena has already overcome numerous obstacles, encountered new challenges and planned for the future. 

Downtown Renaissance Partnership Makes a Difference Across the State Downtown Renaissance Partnership Makes a Difference Across the State
April 8, 2015   |  Shannon Ferguson
Three years and 29 students later the Downtown Renaissance Partnership, an innovative collaboration among GMA, the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the College of Environment and Design (CED), is thriving and delivering results for Geor­gia cities.

Downtown Moultrie Reaps the Benefits of Developer’s Passion Downtown Moultrie Reaps the Benefits of Developer’s Passion
April 8, 2015   |  Adelia Ladson
Hal Carter, owner of Hal Carter Construc­tion, who was born and raised in Sylvester, has spent the last decade helping to improve downtown Moultrie by sharing his passion for historical buildings.

Macon Action Plan Aimed at Strengthening Downtown Macon Action Plan Aimed at Strengthening Downtown
April 8, 2015
Safer spaces, transit, unique experiences, fun, more sidewalks, protected bike lanes, play areas, ice cream shops, craft breweries, family entertainment, more music, nice restaurants and nightlife are among the ideas Macon-Bibb County residents provided when asked what would help to revitalize the city’s urban core, which includes downtown and surrounding neigh¬borhoods.

Downtown Libraries Serve as Popular Gathering Spaces Downtown Libraries Serve as Popular Gathering Spaces
April 8, 2015
As more teens, seniors and those in between take an interest in spending time downtown, the downtown public library is taking on an even greater role as a community gathering space.

2015 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Filing Schedule
March 30, 2015
Public Officials and candidates in an election year are required to file a  March 31, 2015 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report if accepting/expending a combined total of contributions or expenditures exceeding $5,000.

A Mayor’s Test for Good Decisions A Mayor’s Test for Good Decisions
March 30, 2015   |  Otis White, President, Civic Strategies Inc.
Decisions are what government executives, elected officials and civic leaders do. They may make them in groups or alone, in public or private, but they spend a great deal of time preparing for, making, and carrying out decisions. Which begs the question: How do we know if we’re making good decisions? 

New Report on Sharing Economy Examines Impact on U.S. Cities New Report on Sharing Economy Examines Impact on U.S. Cities
March 12, 2015   |  National League of Cities
From innovation to equity to safety, the sharing economy is impacting cities in a variety of ways that communities do business. A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) looks at how the sharing economy impacts five key areas: innovation, economic development, equity, safety and implementation.

Federal Program Helps Northwest Georgia Boost Manufacturing Industry
March 5, 2015
The 2008 recession hit the Northwest Georgia region’s once flourishing floor covering industry hard; the entire region suffered, losing more than 16,000 jobs with the Dalton-Whitfield County area losing 4,600 jobs, according to the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

Sharing Economy Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Cities Sharing Economy Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Cities
March 5, 2015
​As the shared economy upends traditional businesses and disrupts local regulatory environments while at the same time fueling innovation and growth, the attitude towards sharing businesses has also shifted in cities.

A Mayor for All Seasons A Mayor for All Seasons
March 5, 2015   |  EM1 Mark Treen, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Public Affairs
Kenneth Smith has been making a difference and making changes to help others for his entire life. This is true whether he is serving as the mayor of Kingsland or as a weight tester for Trident Refit Facility.

Elections Webinar: Special Elections & Changing Precincts and Polling Places Elections Webinar: Special Elections & Changing Precincts and Polling Places
February 26, 2015
This webinar from the Georgia Secreatry of State's Office is focused on the 2015 municipal election cycle and includes information regarding March special elections and changing municipal precincts and polling places.

Public Safety Programs Help Create Positive Downtown Experiences Public Safety Programs Help Create Positive Downtown Experiences
February 10, 2015   |  Stephanie Aylworth
From an economic development perspective, public safety in the downtown district is an im­perative for business recruitment efforts and at­tracting patrons to the existing businesses and events.

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