Municipal Desk Reference


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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

“We’re not building the Taj Mahal.” Have you ever heard a public official use those words to describe a new public project? The reference is to the perception of opulence, a monument to one’s own self-importance. But in not building the Taj Mahal, what are we building?

Published Date: May 9, 2014

The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.

Published Date: March 6, 2014

In June of 2013, GMA partnered up with cMEcompete to create the first ever state-wide city challenge. “See.Walk.Cities” determined the most active city in Georgia. The initial goal of the program was to create awareness, support and excitement.

Published Date: February 6, 2014

A new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, takes a fresh look at the convergence of shrinking state financial support and declining local tax bases that leave most of Georgia’s school districts in a money crunch.

Published Date: September 26, 2013

John Turner, businessman and leader of a river restoration project in Columbus, Georgia, talks about where visionary civic ideas come from and the roles that leaders play in making them a reality.

Published Date: August 14, 2013

John Michael Schert, co-founder of an innovative dance company in Boise, Idaho, talks about how his group connected with its host city in ways that attracted national attention, and what arts organizations everywhere could learn from that experience.

Published Date: July 2, 2013

The Census of Governments is the only uniform source of data for all the state and local governments in the United States. The information collected is an integral part of the foundation for developing national economic and public policy by measuring public activity.

Published Date: November 30, 2012

Creative Placemaking is a resource for city officials, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector, and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities, and towns.

Published Date: May 30, 2012

Many local leaders are turning attention to supporting and growing their small business community in order to realize tangible economic impacts including job creation and exporting local goods and services.

Published Date: October 17, 2011

The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation during the 2011 Legislative Session that expanded the scope of Georgia’s cities responsibilities to comply with the federal work authorization program, currently known as E-Verify, and with the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.

Published Date: September 29, 2011

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: April 5, 2011

Georgia's Regional Development Centers (RDCs) were replaced by Regional Commissions (RCs) on July 1, 2009.

Published Date: August 26, 2009

In March of 2008, Cobalt Community Research partnered with CFI Group to create the Citizen Satisfaction Survey to help local governments measure, monitor and manage satisfaction among its citizen base.

Published Date: July 31, 2009

The Georgia Smoke Free Air Act went into effect on July 1, 2005.

Published Date: August 1, 2005