Municipal Desk Reference

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GMA conducted a number of Service Delivery Strategy sessions/webinars in December 2014 for city officials

Published Date: December 15, 2014

This December 10, 2014 webinar reviews the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) new rules on cell tower siting and the placement of facilities in your rights-of-way. The FCC's new rules change the regulatory landscape and require cities to make siting decisions more quickly.

Published Date: December 13, 2014

All cities are required to file their annual immigration reports with the Department of Audits and Accounts on or before December 31, 2014. The 2014 report will include activity from December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2014.

Published Date: December 12, 2014

Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta and now CEO of Purpose Built Communities, talks about how cities can successfully change troubled neighborhoods. And she has a prime example: Atlanta’s East Lake community.

Published Date: December 12, 2014

In a much anticipated decision arising out of multiple civil actions against Sentinel Offender Services, LLC, a private for-profit probation company, the Supreme Court of Georgia held on November 24, 2014, that private probation companies, such as Sentinel, are constitutionally allowed to supervise misdemeanor probationers. The court added, however, that lower courts cannot toll a probationer’s sentence after it has been imposed, saying that misdemeanor “sentences are fixed at one year and once a sentence has been served, jurisdiction over the defendant ceases.”

Published Date: November 25, 2014

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services provides a number of services Georgia's cities can take advantage of.

Published Date: November 14, 2014

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

Published Date: November 7, 2014

Cedartown is the kind of place where residents care about their community and haven’t been shy about expressing how they feel and being involved. But previously their concerns often weren’t focused, according to one official. However, a project started in this northwest Georgia city a year ago has galvanized the community and brought about results that have continuously stunned its city manager.

Published Date: November 7, 2014

After meeting with a variety of community leaders, developing their individual leadership philosophies and skills, and logging more than 700 community volunteer hours, more than 50 local high school students have completed the city of Suwanee’s inaugural Suwanee Youth Leaders (SYL) program. SYL is designed to build youth leaders in the community and outside the classroom.

Published Date: November 7, 2014

When Eddie Owen, founder of the legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, first paid a visit to downtown Duluth, the experience was enough to change the path of his life and career. He left the hip, comfortable, urban environment of Decatur to set up shop in Duluth’s Red Clay Theatre. That was nearly three years ago.

Published Date: November 7, 2014

What do Americus, Bainbridge, Cairo, Cedartown, Clarkesville, Dawsonville and Perry have in common? All have undergone or are currently undergoing the downtown development process through the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership.

Published Date: November 6, 2014

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry has a diverse constituency to engage. More than 80 percent of the city’s 8,000 residents are non-white. More than 45 percent are foreign born. The median age

Published Date: November 6, 2014

Rob Gibson, executive and artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival, talks about how events and festivals can turn into showcases for the entire community . . . and how civic leaders can help that process along.

Published Date: October 21, 2014

The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that clears the way for Epic Resorts Group, LLC to develop EPIC Adventures Resort Kingsland, a $350 million regional entertainment tourism complex on 495 acres of vacant land along Interstate-95 off Exit 3 in Kingsland

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Several Georgia cities are enjoying a boost in tourism after completing projects funded with state tourism product development grants.

Published Date: October 6, 2014