Georgia Rural Broadband Survey
This survey was designed to collect information from rural Georgia residents about their internet services. The survey will remain open to collect data through June 2017.
State Announces GTIB Funding
The State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) has announced that $15 million in grant and loan funding is available for local governments and community improvement districts through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) program.
Cities Prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session
GMA is supporting a change in the state’s alcohol beverage law that makes it all but impossible for craft brewers to sell their product at the retail level without working through a wholesale distributor.
Annual Immigration Report Due December 31
Cities must file their annual immigration report for the period of December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2016, with the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA) by December 31, 2016.
Officers, City Officials and Local Leaders Uncover Community Policing Solutions
On Dec. 7, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in partnership with the cities of College Park and East Point, hosted more than 100 elected city officials, municipal law enforcement officials and community members at the Georgia International Convention Center for GMA’s Regional Symposium on Community Policing.
New Overtime Rules Halted
On November 22, 2016, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the new Overtime Final Rule which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
GMA Completes Strategic Plan
The GMA staff recently completed a strategic planning process that resulted in a one-page plan covering five strategies designed to move the organization forward over the next several years. More than 40 staff members and GMA President and Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin were involved in the planning process.
Georgia EPD Elevates Drought Response Levels, Further Restricts Outdoor Water Use
Faced with worsening drought conditions in about three-fourths of the state, along with water supply concerns in some areas, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared it will raise the state’s drought response to Level 2 in 52 counties and impose a Level 1 Drought Response in an additional 58 counties.
Fire Prevention Team Canvassing North Georgia
A special team from the Georgia Forestry Commission is reaching out to local residents, organizations and the media to share important information about fire prevention. As thousands of acres continue to burn across the region, GFC professionals are making personal connections to help keep people and property safe from wildfire.
Register Now For DOR Notification of “Significant” Sales Tax Refund Claims
The Georgia Department of Revenue needs all cities to designate a city official to receive information regarding a “refund claim of local significance”. New legislation that became effective July 1, 2016, as a result of HB 960 requires the Department of Revenue to notify each local government affected by a “refund claim of local significance.”
Volunteers Needed for Annexation Dispute Resolution
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in conjunction with GMA and ACCG, is actively calling for local city and county elected officials who are willing to serve on annexation arbitration panels. Substantive training will be required to be qualified to serve on these important panels.
GMA’s Susan Moore Receives Outstanding State League Counsel Award
On Sept. 29, GMA’s General Counsel Susan Moore was awarded the Outstanding Legal Counsel Award by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA). The association established this award to honor those attorneys who serve as counsel to their state league of cities or association, and who are recognized for their valued service to the members of their organizations and for their skills as attorneys.
2017 Preservation Awards
For more than 35 years the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized preservation projects and individuals in the state who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Each year, the Preservation Awards ceremony is held during the weekend of The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble. The poastmark deadline for nominations is Monday, November 7, 2016.