Fort Valley's Front Porch Roll Call
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
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
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.
How Cities Can Advance Racial Equity Through Community Conversations
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.
NLC's State of the Cities 2016
As the economy rebounds and fiscal health stabilizes, mayors across the country are using their State of the City speeches to tout the progress their communities have made through hard work, innovation and collaboration.
Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts (CIDs)
Community improvement districts (CIDs) are an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia, with 25 active CIDs currently. CIDs have influenced the development of the metroAtlanta region significantly and have since expanded to other parts of the state.
The Benefits of Street-Scale Features for Walking and Biking
As the costs of physical inactivity become increasingly evident, and as planners, public health professionals, and others working in the field of active transportation strive to promote walking and biking, the necessity of retrofitting and updating street facilities and sidewalk features is apparent.
Delinquent Tax: Interest and Penalty Changes
Due to the passage of House Bill 960 during the 2016 legislative session, calculation of penalties on property taxes and interest on most categories of taxes will change beginning July 1, 2016.
The Heart and Soul Bus Tour Travels Across State Lines
On May 11, the 16th annual Heart and Soul Bus Tour began its tour of three cities in Duluth. This was the third consecutive year that the tour functioned as a municipal training event and the first year it visited a city outside of Georgia.