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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. This webinar was recorded on January 7, 2014 and focused on set-up and navigating through QuickBooks Pro® 2013 using the state uniform chart of accounts.

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

Federal surface transportation legislation (MAP-21) is set to expire on September 30 but funding for the program is expected to run out as early as July. At 18.4 cents per gallon, the current federal motor fuel tax is not generating enough revenue to keep up with the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Published Date: June 8, 2014

On a recent spring day, students from Stewart Middle School in Douglasville were the first to use 100 new Nexus 7 tablets as part of the opening of a new com­puter lab at the Jesse Davis Park community center in Douglasville.

Published Date: 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.

Published Date: June 8, 2014

A new report on city small business development efforts was recently released by the National League of Cities (NLC), calling on local governments to make small business development a priority and create “ecosystems” that support small business growth.

Published Date: May 28, 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.

Published Date: May 20, 2014

Changes to Georgia's tax laws during the 2014 Legislative Session are estimated to cost local governments over $153 million between FY 2015 and FY 2019.

Published Date: May 13, 2014

Mary Means, consultant and founder of the National Main Street Program, talks about the lessons we can learn from a downtown-revitalization program that has worked in more than 2,000 cities and towns in America since the 1970s.

Published Date: May 13, 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.

Published Date: May 9, 2014