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Draft Regional Water Plans Are Available for Public Review and Comment Draft Regional Water Plans Are Available for Public Review and Comment
April 25, 2017   |  GA Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
Regional Water Planning Councils have developed draft updated Regional Water Plans that are available for public review and comment now through May 19, 2017.


Information on HB 146, Firefighters’ Cancer Insurance Benefits
April 20, 2017
Recognizing a need to provide assistance to Georgia’s firefighters when they contract cancer, while also protecting the financial interests of Georgia cities, GMA worked with firefighters, elected officials and insurance industry experts to identify a compromise solution. The result of these efforts, and with support from Representative Micah Gravley and Senator John Albers, has been the 2017 passage of House Bill 146, known as the Firefighter Cancer Insurance bill.


Georgia House Passes Resolution Honoring GMA Executive Director Georgia House Passes Resolution Honoring GMA Executive Director
April 5, 2017
On Thursday, March 30, the Georgia House of Representatives adopted a resolution commending and congratulating Dewey Lamar Norton on the occasion of his announced retirement.


Cities Plan to ‘Mix’ Music, Block Parties and Community Involvement for Georgia Cities Week
April 5, 2017
Cities across Georgia have started planning their Georgia Cities Week festivities and events to take place April 23-29. With the theme “Georgia Cities: In the Mix!” cities are incorporating block parties, concerts and fitness activities into their weeks.


GMA Named a Top Workplace in Atlanta GMA Named a Top Workplace in Atlanta
March 22, 2017
“GMA is truly a family and these results only reflect what I see each day,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton.


Brookhaven Task Force Prepares for Zoning Rewrite Brookhaven Task Force Prepares for Zoning Rewrite
March 14, 2017
Brookhaven is known as one of the fast­est growing cities in the metro area. Just shy of its fifth birthday, it’s also one of the youngest. With the city being in its infancy, Brookhaven leaders have the opportunity to ensure that its growth is not just fast but smart.


Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson Elected Chair of Metro Atlanta Mayors Association Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson Elected Chair of Metro Atlanta Mayors Association
March 13, 2017
The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 22


HB 146: Firefighter Cancer Insurance Passes through Senate, Awaits House Approval
March 9, 2017
This legislation would require that legally organized fire departments have insurance coverage to pay claims for cancer. HB 146 would require local fire departments to provide a lump sum payment to any firefighter diagnosed with certain types of cancers and up to three years of disability payments to firefighters who, because of injury or illness, cannot work as a firefighter.


Bridges Receives ‘Lifetime Service’ Award Bridges Receives ‘Lifetime Service’ Award
March 9, 2017
Former Sylvester City Manager Debbie Bridges received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in recognition of her 40 years of service to the city.


Water Wars: Special Master Makes Finding in Georgia's Favor Water Wars: Special Master Makes Finding in Georgia's Favor
February 15, 2017
A Special Master for the U.S. Supreme Court made a recommendation in Georgia’s favor in a suit brought by Florida over water allocations. GMA, in conjunction with ACCG, the Georgia Conservancy and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, filed a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the state of Georgia. The Supreme Court can accept or reject the Special Master's recommendation, or proceed in an entirely different direction.  


Cities Recognized as ‘Cities of Ethics’ Cities Recognized as ‘Cities of Ethics’
February 14, 2017
The city of Summerville was recognized for earning the Cities of Ethics des­ignation at GMA’s Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta.


Congressman Drew Ferguson Shares Plans for New Position Congressman Drew Ferguson Shares Plans for New Position
February 14, 2017
In between initial meet­ings, preparing for the Inauguration and set­tling into his new office in Washington, D.C., newly elected Con­gressman Drew Fergu­son, and former mayor of West Point, spent some time with Geor­gia’s Cities and shared more insight on the plans he has for his new position.


Mayors’ Day Serves as Real-Life Application for Youth Delegates Mayors’ Day Serves as Real-Life Application for Youth Delegates
February 14, 2017
For years, the phrase: “Remember, Mayors’ Day isn’t just for mayors and it isn’t just for one day!” has accompanied Mayors’ Day Conference announce­ments—and that rang especially true this year as GMA hosted the biggest group of youth delegates in Atlanta.
 


Rome BID Presents Check to Support Free Downtown Shuttle Service Rome BID Presents Check to Support Free Downtown Shuttle Service
February 10, 2017
In December 2016, the city of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Board presented a check on behalf of Rome BID (Business Improvement District) for $8,000 to The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) to help support the new, free shuttle service in Downtown Rome.
 


City Officials Analyze Legislative Priorities at Mayors’ Day
February 8, 2017
Mayors’ Day Conference attendees spent much of their Sunday, Jan. 22 and Monday morning, Jan. 23, in open discussion on possible issues of impact in several policy committee meetings and hearing from state leaders during the Legislative Networking Breakfast. 
 


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