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Communities Taking Proactive Measures Ahead of Possible Military Cuts Communities Taking Proactive Measures Ahead of Possible Military Cuts
March 5, 2015
Having a military base nearby can be a major benefit to a local economy but the elimination or reduction in personnel of such a facility can be potentially devastating. 

GMA Municipal Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted
February 20, 2015
GMA is accepting nominations through April 21 for its Municipal Government Hall of Fame. 

City Officials Encouraged to Nominate Exceptional Clerks/Finance Officers for Award
February 10, 2015
The Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association (GMC/FOA) is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2014-2015 Municipal Clerk of the Year and the 2014-2015 Finance Officer of the Year Awards.

Riley Discusses New Role as Revenue Commissioner Riley Discusses New Role as Revenue Commissioner
February 9, 2015
Newly appointed Department of Rev­enue Commissioner Lynne Riley sat down with Georgia’s Cities in Decem­ber of 2014 and discussed the oppor­tunities, challenges and issues that she faces in her new role.

GMA Applauds FCC Stance on Public Broadband
February 2, 2015
GMA applauds FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s leadership and his recognition that local governments play an integral role in ensuring broadband competition for their residents.

House Transportation Chairman Jay Roberts Introduces Transportation Funding Act of 2015
January 29, 2015
State Representative Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla) today announced the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. This legislation addresses Georgia’s critical transportation infrastructure needs and provides more than $1 billion in new transportation funding without a tax increase.

State leaders brace local officials for hard choices on transportation fund
January 27, 2015   |  Athens Banner-Herald
Local officials from across Georgia gritted their teeth Monday morning as one state leader after another warned them of difficult choices ahead on transportation funding.

Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning Application Period Now Open Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning Application Period Now Open
January 25, 2015
The 2015 application period for the Renaissance Strategic Visioning & Planning (RSVP) program is now open. 

Cell Towers, Backyards, and the Courts: A Talk with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood
January 23, 2015   |  WABE
Cell phone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta. But in the city of Roswell, it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Johnny Isakson to Speak at Mayors' Day Sen. Johnny Isakson to Speak at Mayors' Day
January 14, 2015
GMA is pleased to announce that Georgia's senior United States Senator, Johnny Isakson, will share his perspective on important federal issues of interest to city leaders to be considered by the 114th Congress during this year's Mayors' Day Conference.

GMA Working on Bill to Increase Penalties for Failure to File Foreclosed Property Deeds GMA Working on Bill to Increase Penalties for Failure to File Foreclosed Property Deeds
January 8, 2015
As the number of foreclosures in Geor­gia remains high, a secondary impact on communities has become more apparent. Banks foreclose on property and then avoid maintaining the foreclosed property.

GMA Concerned about Possible Bill Allowing Heavier Trucks GMA Concerned about Possible Bill Allowing Heavier Trucks
January 8, 2015
Last fall, the city of Thomson hosted its Home­town Connection outside on Main Street in the heart of its downtown. As Mayor Kenneth Usry began to tell his legislators and fellow city offi­cials about the congestion and road damage that large trucks were causing to the city’s streets, his words were drowned out by one such truck, mut­ing his speech but illustrating his point perfect­ly.

GMA Calls for Ethics Commission to Provide Amnesty
January 8, 2015
When Danville Councilmember William Deason opened his mail and read that the Ethics Commission was imposing as much as $11,000 in fines for not filing ethics reports he was shocked. He had not raised any campaign funds nor spent any money on his election.

Funding Issues in Legislative Session Could Impact Cities Funding Issues in Legislative Session Could Impact Cities
January 8, 2015   |  Tom Crawford
Transportation funding will be one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issue that Georgia lawmakers will grapple with in 2015, and what legislators decide to do could have a major impact on city governments.

Transportation Funding Study Committee Issues Final Report
December 31, 2014
The Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding issues its final report on December 30, 2014.

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