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Feedback Wanted from Small Cities on Stormwater Challenges
July 31, 2015
A working group of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) has been tasked with drafting a document for smaller communities to help them meet their stormwater challenges and their watershed management needs. 

Local Government Practicum Call for Projects for Cities in GMA Districts 7, 9 & 12
July 30, 2015
​GMA is pleased to be working in partnership with Georgia Southern University during the Fall 2015 Semester to offer assistance through the Local Government Practicum to cities located in GMA Districts 7, 9, and 12. 

Georgia House Members Discuss Local "Home Rule" Georgia House Members Discuss Local "Home Rule"
June 30, 2015   |  Jason Wright
Home Rule was the focus of conversation with three members of the Georgia House of Representatives during during GMA's Annual Convention in Savannah.

Three Inducted to Municipal Hall of Fame
June 29, 2015
GMA inducted Ringgold Mayor Joe Barger, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, and Barnesville City Manager Kenny Roberts into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah Monday, June 29. The Hall of Fame honors municipal officials who exemplify the best in public service, and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and Georgia’s cities.

Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance
June 29, 2015
The cities of Brunswick and Grantville were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah, June 29. They join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.

Bodker Elected President of GMA Bodker Elected President of GMA
June 28, 2015
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker was elected president of GMA during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28. He is the first official from Johns Creek to serve as president of the association.

"Waters of the U.S." Rule Could Expand What Falls Under the Clean Water Act
June 8, 2015   |  Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
The new definition of "waters of the U.S." has the potential to expand the number of waterbodies that are federally regulated under the CWA.

Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term Mayor Jackson Lobbies Congress to Fund Transportation Long-Term
June 5, 2015
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson visited Washington D.C. on May 13 during National Infrastructure Week. In her role as Chair of GMA’s Federal Policy Council and GMA 2nd Vice President, Jackson represented GMA and Georgia cities in meetings with members of Georgia’s delegation and to participate in transportation-related media events coordinated by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

​Update: EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rule on Waters of the U.S.
May 29, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced a new rule that changes the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the U.S.”

GMA Comments on Proposed Drought and Water Efficiency Rules
May 14, 2015
GMA, along with ACCG, recently commented to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on proposed changes to Georgia’s Drought Management and Water Supply Efficiency rules. The proposed rule changes would impact all cities in the state, particularly those with water withdrawal permits and those that operating public water systems.

Deal: Georgians rise to transportation challenges Deal: Georgians rise to transportation challenges
May 4, 2015   |  Office of Gov. Nathan Deal
Today at Liberty Plaza, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law HB 170, legislation that addresses Georgia’s critical transportation infrastructure needs.

UGA Professor: Georgia Midterm Elections Sets Stage for 2016 UGA Professor: Georgia Midterm Elections Sets Stage for 2016
May 1, 2015
​The lessons from the 2014 mid-term elections have bearing on how the 2016 elections may go for the Republican and Democratic parties, said UGA's Dr. Charles Bullock. Speaking at GMA's Legislative Policy Council meeting in Athens, Bullock reviewed the results of the 2014 elections and what may lie ahead for the 2016 elections.

DCA Commissioner Knowles Announces New Community Services Division
April 21, 2015
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles made a big announcement at the Georgia Economic Developers Association monthly luncheon on April 20 in Atlanta about the creation of DCA’s new Community Services Division. The division will be staffed with one regional representative for each of the state’s 12 service delivery regions. 

Cities Celebrating Georgia Cities Week April 19-25 with Wide Variety of Activities Cities Celebrating Georgia Cities Week April 19-25 with Wide Variety of Activities
April 20, 2015
Cities across Georgia will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 19-25 with the theme “Destination Downtown.” The week is designed to recognize the many services city governments provide for the quality of life of citizens.

New DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles Excited to Help Cities Achieve Their Goals New DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles Excited to Help Cities Achieve Their Goals
April 10, 2015
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has a new leader, Camila Knowles. Knowles was sworn into office on January 15. Her staff interviewed her back in January and GMA is publishing that interview along with the commissioner’s answers to a few questions of our own.

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