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How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies
July 27, 2015   |  U.S. EPA
Over time, all communities experience changes that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies. Economically resilient towns, cities, and regions adapt to changing conditions and even reinvent their economic bases if necessary.

Leadership as “a Kind of Genius” Leadership as “a Kind of Genius”
July 7, 2015   |  Otis White, President, Civic Strategies Inc.
A leader is someone who helps people get where they want to go . . . by seeing the opportunity for getting there.

Report: Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts Report: Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts
June 28, 2015
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) released a new industry impact report – “Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts.” This report contains a series of case studies and project studies that illuminate the positive impact of the arts as an economic development tool in Georgia’s communities.  

USDA Rural Development Webinar
June 15, 2015
This GMA  hosted webinar features staff from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sharing information on programs and funding opportunities offered through its Rural Development division. 

Thomasville’s Creative District Drives Economic Development Thomasville’s Creative District Drives Economic Development
June 9, 2015   |  Karen Smith, Executive Director, Main Street & Tourism, City of Thomasville
​In March of 2014, Thomasville residents and com­munity leaders came together to craft a vision for a new Creative District in an area of downtown for­merly known as “The Bottom.” All stakeholders be­lieved that this Creative District should embrace the geographic context of the land, and, at the same time, express Thomasville’s rich cultural heritage.

Macon Embraces Creative Placemaking with Maker Movement and Festival Macon Embraces Creative Placemaking with Maker Movement and Festival
June 5, 2015
In 2014, ArtPlace awarded the College Hill Alliance $125,000 to support its effort to host Central Geor­gia’s first maker festival. The event aims to position Macon regionally as a leader in creative placemaking and innovation.

Cities Using Public Art to Beautify, Honor and Attract Cities Using Public Art to Beautify, Honor and Attract
June 5, 2015
In several cities throughout Georgia, officials are supporting art projects that recognize local individuals who have made stellar achievements in sports, military service, business and more. Other communities are using visual art projects to enhance and beautify their communities as well as increase visitors to specific areas.

HB 225 FAQ: Taxis, Limos and Ride Sharing Services
May 29, 2015
During the 2015 legislative session the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation that provides for a major change to existing laws governing taxicabs, limousines, and ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft.

HB 110 Fireworks Sales Factsheet & FAQ
May 27, 2015
During the 2015 legislative session the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation which legalizes consumer fireworks to be sold and to be used in the State of Georgia.

Students, Community Benefit From Strong UWG, Carrollton Partnership Students, Community Benefit From Strong UWG, Carrollton Partnership
May 5, 2015   |  Corey Gaines, University of West Georgia Student
​With more than 12,000 students, the University of West Georgia (UWG) has become a vital asset to the city of Carrollton and to the surrounding region. 

Waynesboro Exploring Quality-of-life Enhancements Waynesboro Exploring Quality-of-life Enhancements
May 5, 2015
Four years ago, the city of Waynesboro celebrated the opening of its Greenway Trail that includes an exer­cise course and links downtown to schools, library, recreation and several neighborhoods.

Communication Helps Overcome Town-Gown Challenges Communication Helps Overcome Town-Gown Challenges
May 4, 2015
While many Georgia cities enjoy good working relationships with colleges and universities within their boundaries, there are often challenges and unrealized opportunity to improve collaborations. 

Cyber Security and Protecting City Data Cyber Security and Protecting City Data
April 29, 2015
This GMA webinar on protecting your city's data was done in partnership with Sophicity and was recorded live during a regional workshop on Friday, April 24, 2015.  Nathan Eisner of Sophicity was the presenter.

Hall County Joint Municipal Association: Reaping the Benefits of Local Collaboration Hall County Joint Municipal Association: Reaping the Benefits of Local Collaboration
April 28, 2015
In this video presentation, Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown provides an overview of the Hall County Joint Municipal Association, a tool used in Hall County to facilitate collaboration between the cities and county on a variety of issues.

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.

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