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August, 2014

Dalton Links Early Education and Workforce Development

August 4, 2014

The future looks bright for the city of Dalton and its youngest residents thanks to several community stakeholders collaborating on one issue.

July, 2014

DOT Seeking Public Input on State’s Transportation Needs & Funding

July 31, 2014

As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st Century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

Local Option Sales Tax Task Force Underway

July 31, 2014

In the wake of the Georgia Supreme Court ruling last October that declared the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) “baseball arbitration” process unconstitutional, GMA and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) formed a task force to examine whether or not the process in current law requiring negotiations needs legislative adjustments.

Scrap Tire Disposal Rules to be Discussed

July 15, 2014

This summer, the Environmental Proection Division (EPD) will draft proposed changes to Georgia’s Rule for Scrap Tire Management. EPD is inviting input on the proposed changes. The goal is to implement revisions to the Rule that will both encourage proper management of tires and ensure protection of Georgia’s natural resources.

EPD to Discuss Possible Flint River Drought Rule Changes

July 15, 2014

District 10 Cities in Southwest Georgia should take note that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch will hold a stakeholder meeting to discuss possible changes in the Flint River Drought Protection Act Rule.

Possible Changes in Statewide Drought Rules

July 15, 2014

On July 3, 2014, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Watershed Protection Branch announced that it is conducting a stakeholder meeting to discuss possible development of a Drought Management Rule that would replace the current Rules for Outdoor Water Use and the 2003 Drought Management Plan.

June, 2014

Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance

June 23, 2014

Eastman, LaGrange and Peachtree Corners were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention June 23 in Savannah. The cities join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics design

Three Inducted to Municipal Hall of Fame

June 23, 2014

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) inducted former LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken, former Glennville Mayor and Clerk Jean Bridges, and former Sandersville City Clerk and Administrator Pam Helton, into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah Monday, June 23.

Brady Elected President of GMA

June 23, 2014

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 23. He is the first official from Newnan to serve as president of GMA, which was created in 1933.

Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Now Accepting Applications

June 17, 2014

Cities interested in receiving assistance in addressing their housing and neighborhood revitalization needs are encouraged to apply for participation in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH).

Georgia Southern and Statesboro Partner for Future Economic Gains

June 8, 2014

When the city of Statesboro partnered with Georgia Southern University (GSU) to open a campus downtown, the idea was to boost economic development, give a stronger presence to the university and to bring more jobs to the area, explained Allen Muldrew, Statesboro’s downtown director. That was nearly three years ago. Today the partnership has blossomed into a full-fledged business incubator that will soon occupy two buildings downtown featuring office space and a fabrication laboratory equipped with cutting edge technology and tools.

May, 2014

Eleven Cities Receive Infrastructure Loans

May 20, 2014

Eleven Georgia cities - Adel, Ashburn, Byromville, Byron, Cairo, Comer, Davisboro, Dudley, Griffin, Helen, and Sylvester - along with five other entities were awarded financing totaling $62,784,362 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors on May 20.

Milledgeville Named a 2014 Great American Main Street Award Winner

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May 19, 2014

On Sunday, May 18, the National Main Street Center recognized Milledgeville as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award.

Protecting Tree Canopies Requires a Proactive Approach

May 9, 2014

After the February ice storms hit north Georgia, Rome Arborist Terry Paige knew there would be damage to some of the city’s trees, as extreme weather is often harmful to trees in urban environments. However, the regular attention Paige and his staff pay to the city’s trees helped to lessen the blow.

April, 2014

Georgia Bill Loosens Restrictions On Guns In Public Places

April 22, 2014

In this April 22 story from National Public Radio (NPR), GMA President Beth English talks about the gun bill passed during the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly and why cities opposed its passage.

GMA 2014 Legislative Session Review

April 4, 2014

With the help of city officials throughout the state, GMA achieved a number of legislative victories this year, in particular passage of the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act, the local option sales tax (LOST) continuation bill, and ensuring significant local control remained in the cell tower siting legislation.

GMA asks Gov. Deal to Veto HB 60

April 4, 2014

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to veto HB 60, the gun legislation passed by the General Assembly on March 20. GMA outlined its concerns in an April 2 letter hand delivered to Gov. Deal and his staff.

March, 2014

GMA March 21 Legislative Alert

March 21, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session came to a close at midnight on Thursday, March 20. With the help of city officials throughout the state, GMA achieved a number of legislative victories this year, in particular passage of the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act, the local option sales tax (LOST) continuation bill, and ensuring significant local control remained in the cell tower siting legislation.

GMA Expresses Support for Savannah Port Project

March 10, 2014

The Georgia Municipal Association hand-delivered to Georgia's Congressional Delegation on March 10 a letter expressing its continued support of the Savannh Harbor Deepening project.

GMA Property & Liability Program Announces $5 Million Dividend for 2014

March 10, 2014

The Board of Trustees of GMA’s property and liability insurance program has declared a $5 million dividend for the May 1, 2014, renewal

The Great Promise Partnership: How to Get Involved

March 6, 2014

The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.