Municipal Desk Reference

Planning/Development

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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

Giles Perkins, an attorney and civic leader in Birmingham, Alabama, explains how his city built an acclaimed downtown park in recent years—and did it through a collaboration that brought together the city and county governments, foundations and local nonprofits.

Published Date: April 8, 2014

A majority of Americans favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores, and other businesses that are within walking distance, rather than neighborhoods requiring driving between home, work, and recreation.

Published Date: April 2, 2014

Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District in Atlanta, talks about his organization’s efforts to turn an affluent suburban business district into a “walkable, livable urban center” – and what he has learned along the way.

Published Date: March 11, 2014

Bill Underwood, president of Mercer University, talks about why his college has partnered with the city of Macon, Georgia to revitalize a neighborhood near the campus.

Published Date: February 11, 2014

The purpose of this publication is to provide a step-by-step guide to the present annexation laws contained in Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated for use by lay persons, city officials, city staff and particularly, local government attorneys.

Published Date: January 1, 2014

Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.

Published Date: November 22, 2013

In Atlanta’s real estate market, a key selling point is very likely to be a neighborhood’s walk score. In other words, how many essential amenities are within easy walking distance from a residence? The more one can get to on foot easily, the higher the score and the more valuable the real estate.

Published Date: November 5, 2013

This webinar on code enforcement, presented by Sammy Rich, Assistant City Manager with the City of Rome, is designed to increase your knowledge of code enforcement.

Published Date: October 31, 2013

Creating an effective code enforcement program begins with an understanding of state law and the various legal tools available to local governments.

Published Date: September 13, 2013

A collaborative of nonprofit organizations, including Center for Community Progress, has released the comprehensive Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual to guide stakeholders through the process of creating new – and working with existing – land bank authorities.

Published Date: June 26, 2013

Bill Floyd, former mayor of Decatur, Georgia, talks about how city government leaders can work effectively with school boards and superintendents. A big part of it, he says, is getting the right people to run for the school board.

Published Date: June 12, 2013

Cathy Woolard, former Atlanta City Council president, talks about what good leaders do when they find a great idea . . . and what she did when she became aware of a transformative idea for Atlanta, the BeltLine.

Published Date: May 15, 2013

Kathie Gannon, a county commissioner in DeKalb County, Georgia, explains how collaborations can sometimes bring about great results in cities and do so with unconventional solutions. But, she adds, you have to be patient.

Published Date: March 11, 2013

Mayor Robert Reichert explains why voters in his city, Macon, Georgia, voted to merge the city and county governments, and what leaders everywhere can learn about managing high-stakes public referendums.

Published Date: December 10, 2012


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