Municipal Desk Reference

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Participatory budgeting, an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making, began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil. It has since been adopted by 1,000 other cities worldwide and by some U.S. cities as well.

Published Date: September 16, 2014

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed talks about how he sponsored sweeping reforms in Atlanta city government pensions . . . and how major reforms in general succeed.

Published Date: September 12, 2014

In 2010, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop opened its doors in the heart of downtown Thomasville.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

The city of Duluth is facing a rather unusual and somewhat tenuous set of circumstances; our Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the Gwinnett County Superior Court’s decision to throw out a case against the city in a negligent hiring claim involving a drunk, off-duty police officer’s use of excessive force upon a citizen.

Published Date: September 5, 2014

Several Georgia cities got a piece of the $5.1 billion economic impact generated from the 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia during Fiscal Year 2014. The productions spent at total of $1.4 billion during FY 2014, which ended in June.

Published Date: September 5, 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.

Published Date: August 29, 2014

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