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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

novennnnnnovWhat 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

A modern twist on treasure hunting has captured the interest of more and more people. And now many Georgia cities and other destinations are jumping on the bandwagon as well, recognizing that it’s a good way to stimulate tourism.

Published Date: 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.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

touttttThe incredible opportunity that arises in marketing our state through the arts is the ability to unearth local history, celebrating what makes each community unique, and placing a magnifying glass on the story that is distinctly theirs to tell.

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Fall is one of the busiest times of year for city fairs and festivals. Calculating the economic impact of an event that brings tourists to town, however, is hard to do because the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) does not provide cities with jurisdictional sales tax collections data.

Published Date: October 6, 2014