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November, 2014

Georgia Sales Tax Exemptions: GMA Report on the Impact to Georgia's Counties and Cities

November 7, 2014

This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.

October, 2014

Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

October 31, 2014

Eight Georgia communities were recently awarded financing totaling $12,964,210 for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. The communities include the cities of Chatsworth, Dawsonville, Dublin, Glennville and Jefferson, Bartow and DeKalb Counties, and the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA).

Georgia can’t say if farmers abuse tax exemptions

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 31, 2014

In his third article on the impact of recent sales tax exemption legislation passed in recent years in Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman looks at the abuse of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by individuals.

Out-of-staters reap tax savings in Georgia: Rural communities hit hardest

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 24, 2014

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman continues his investigation on the impact of recent tax reform efforts in Georgia. In this story, he focuses on the use of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by out-of-state individuals and businesses.

DOT Looking for Feedback on Transportation Plans

October 22, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is looking for your feedback in an online survey on how Georgia’s transportation funding should be spent over the next 25 years.

Update on Disposal of Ebola-related Waste into Public Wastewater Systems

October 16, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends disposal of Ebola related waste to public wastewater systems.

Water Professionals Recognize City Leaders for Implementing State Water Plan

October 15, 2014

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) presented a resolution recognizing the leadership of city officials in developing and implementing the State Water Plan. The resolution was presented to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Board of Directors at its meeting on Oct. 10.

Pundits Dissect Upcoming Elections

October 10, 2014

The key to victory for the gubernatorial and senate candidates will be women, said political strategists Tharon Johnson and Todd Rehm. At the GMA’s Legislative Policy Council (LPC) meeting this week, Johnson and Rehm discussed the upcoming elections for governor and Georgia’s next U.S. senator.

Cities Drive Georgia’s Tourism Industry

October 6, 2014

According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.

September, 2014

A boon for business, bust for rural cities and counties

Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 17, 2014

In this Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, reporter Dan Chapman investigates the impact and unintended consequences of recent tax reform legislation on cities, counties and school systems in South Georgia.

Dublin Puts Young Gamechangers Ideas Into Action

September 5, 2014

GeorgiaForward’s 2014 Class of Young Gamechangers has completed their work in Dublin on how to make Dublin a 21st Century community and plans are underway to put some of the recommendations into action.

There is a lot Brewing in Georgia’s Cities

September 5, 2014

Craft beer is showing up in Georgia cities big and small. Craft beer — considered the equivalent to a farm-to-table restaurant — is locally brewed beer using superior, often local ingredients serving a small region and produced in small batches.

August, 2014

13 Georgia Cities Receive Awards for Outstanding Achievement

August 29, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced that 13 Georgia cities received awards for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Members Appointed to Legislative Policy Council

August 29, 2014

In July, 40 city officials were appointed to GMA's Legislative Policy Council (LPC).

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 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.