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 2016 Legislative Update Posted
The 2016 Legislative Update providing an overview of bills tracked by GMA and the outcome of the bills in the 2016 session has been posted to help prepare members for the upcoming 2017 session.
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.
DCA Announces New Underwater Georgia Program
On September 28th the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the launch of Underwater Georgia, a new HomeSafe initiative specifically targeted to the approximately 150,000 Georgians who owe more than their homes are worth. Homeowners approved through Underwater Georgia can receive a one-time payment of up to $50,000 to reduce the principal balance on their home.
2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award
At the Georgia Municipal Association we believe Georgia is home to some of the best cities in the nation. Cities that uphold strong and ethical values and practices that keep residents No. 1 and that make for the best places to Live, Work and Play
. We’ve partnered with Georgia Trend Magazine to highlight exceptional Georgia cities with the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award.
Cities Recognized for Ethics Ordinance
Two cities were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah, June 28. The cities of Lenox and Pelham join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.
Municipal Hall of Fame Grows with Three New Inductees
GMA inducted Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie, Perry Councilmember Phyllis Bynum-Grace, and former LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah.
Austin Elected President of GMA
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 26. He is the first official from the city of Dallas to serve as president of the association.
Scrap Tire Abatement Funds Available
Scrap tire piles have presented local governments with management challenges for decades, but now that old problem could be breeding a new health threat.
New Fees for Local Governments
The Georgia Department of Revenue has begun notifying local governments about new fees they are responsible for as a result of the passage of House Bill 170
, the Georgia Transportation Funding Act, during the 2015 Georgia General Assembly
Mayor Hobby Stripling Finds His Way Back to Office
When Vienna Mayor Hobby Stripling took the oath of office in January this year, it was exactly 48 years to the day since he’d first sworn to uphold the laws and serve the residents of Vienna. He served 20 years after being sworn in in 1968, but returned to office this year after retiring and returning to the place he’d called home for more than 50 years.