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Jobs gained during the economic recovery from the Great Recession pay an average 23% less than the jobs lost during the recession according to a new report by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).

Published Date: August 15, 2014

Ann Cramer, a pioneer in the field of corporate citizenship at IBM, talks about how big companies can benefit from being involved in their communities . . . and what local leaders can do to encourage it.

Published Date: August 11, 2014

University of Georgia landscape architecture student Erik Lauritsen brought his knowledge home by helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood in his hometown of Conyers through an innovative practicum course initiated by a GMA partnership.

Published Date: August 6, 2014

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Riley v. California that police may not search cellphones seized during lawful arrests, without first obtaining a proper warrant.

Published Date: August 6, 2014

How good is your education system? What is your local system’s graduation rate? How many of your young people are moving on to post-secondary work? How many of them face remedial work either at the community college or university level?

Published Date: August 6, 2014

Georgia’s mid-wage industries comprised 52% of private sector job losses during the Great Recession but only 15% of job gains during the economic recovery.

Published Date: August 5, 2014

On a warm and sunny spring day, Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie surveys some of the nearly six acres the city has recently acquired. He is excited about the future of the property, located off South Main Street.

Published Date: 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.

Published Date: August 4, 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.

Published Date: July 31, 2014

The following recordings are the first in a series of webinars for Georgia cities that use QuickBooks Pro® 2013 for governmental accounting purposes.

Published Date: July 17, 2014

Erroll Davis, former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, talks about what he learned as the leader of a major school system after a career as a corporate CEO and university system chancellor . . . and what outsiders can do to help their local systems.

Published Date: July 3, 2014

During this recorded live webinar, presenters provided an overview of land bank authorities (LBA), including changes enacted to the Land Bank Act of 2012 and how to determine the need for a LBA. Also discussed is how to establish or restart a LBA, as well as funding considerations. Special considerations for small and/or rural communities were also addressed.

Published Date: June 18, 2014

GMA has prepared three tutorials highlighting Georgia’s laws on weapons and firearms. Part 1 covers existing law, changes to such existing law, and background information. Part 2 covers government buildings, and Part 3 covers courthouses, schools, polling places, public housing, commercial service airports, and the discharge of firearms. Additionally, GMA has prepared a PowerPoint presentation of the tutorials and a quick summary of the new laws.

Published Date: June 11, 2014

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is renowned for engaging groups and individuals in raising money and sorting food. Bill Bolling, founder and executive director, talks about what he has learned over the years about enlisting citizens in service to their communities.

Published Date: June 11, 2014

Legal activity affecting Georgia’s cities was in high gear recently. In a matter of weeks, we saw the Georgia Gen­eral Assembly (guns) and the United States Supreme Court (prayers opening legislative sessions) weigh in on matters of great impact and importance to the daily operation of our cities and our lives.

Published Date: June 8, 2014