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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. 

Georgia Cities Discover that ‘Food’ is the Answer Georgia Cities Discover that ‘Food’ is the Answer
October 31, 2016   |  Alice Rolls, Executive Director of Georgia Organics
A once vacant city-owned property that languished for decades in the city of Lovejoy is now a lush, city-operated 14 acre farm. In its first year, 2014-2015, the farm produced over 180,000 pounds of produce, which was given away to Lovejoy residents and sold on a sliding scale to outside residents and custom­ers.

Arborists Assist in Caring for Trees and Communities Arborists Assist in Caring for Trees and Communities
October 19, 2016   |  Stasia Kelly, Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission’s (GFC) Circuit Rider Arborist (CRA) project is a tool that supports environmental sustainability statewide by furnishing professional arborists to assist communities with tree care.

Supreme Court Review for Local Governments – Fall 2016 Supreme Court Review for Local Governments – Fall 2016
October 17, 2016   |  Lisa Soronen
A review of some of the 2015-2016 cases that affect local governments, and a glimpse at three new cases of interest to be decided in the Court’s 2016-2017 term.

Directors Share How Cities can Thrive Through Sustainability
October 17, 2016
Georgia’s Cities sat down with the city of Atlanta’s Director of Sus­tainability Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and the city of Savannah’s Sustainability Director Nick Deffley to learn more about their re­sponsibilities and how cities of all sizes can incorporate sustainabili­ty into their programing and practices.

Dunwoody Brings More Green to City Parks Dunwoody Brings More Green to City Parks
October 14, 2016
The city of Dunwoody successfully installed two publicly-accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within city limits. According to city offi­cials, this achievement represents a first step in the successful implementation of the city’s Sustainabili­ty Plan and has received extremely positive reviews from citizens and visitors alike.

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