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GMA Municipal Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted
February 27, 2017
GMA is accepting nominations through April 26 for its Municipal Government Hall of Fame. 

‘Read Across Georgia Month’ Puts Spotlight on Critical State Need ‘Read Across Georgia Month’ Puts Spotlight on Critical State Need
February 24, 2017
March is “Read Across Georgia Month,” providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of reading proficiency in a child’s life.

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. 
 

Water Projects and the 21st Century Cures Act Take Effect
January 31, 2017
The recent appropriations bill passed by the Senate includes appropriations of $100 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund for any state; $20 million for WIFIA loan and loan guarantees for water infrastructure projects nationwide; and $50 million to support public health initiatives such as lead poisoning prevention, research and health assistance.

Technological Leaps Lead Telecoms’ Legislative Efforts
January 25, 2017
Smartphones are a ubiquitous device across Georgia. Coupled with other technological advancements such as smart cars, driverless technology and the “Internet of Things” in which even regular household appliances will be connected to the Internet, telecoms have a lot of investments to make in the state to meet the growing technological demands. With the inevitability of a greater societal reliance on broadband Internet, telecom companies are stepping up advocacy activities in the state and pushing for legislative initiatives in 2017.

Cities Receive 2017 Live, Work, Play City Awards Cities Receive 2017 Live, Work, Play City Awards
January 24, 2017
On Jan. 22, nine Georgia cities received 2017 Live, Work, Play City Awards presented by GMA, in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine, during the Awards Luncheon at GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference.

E-Fairness and Streamlined Sales Tax Top GMA's Federal Advocacy List E-Fairness and Streamlined Sales Tax Top GMA's Federal Advocacy List
January 23, 2017
Congressional approval of e-Fairness legislation is one of GMA’s top federal advocacy priorities. Georgia loses over $800 million per year in uncollected state and local sales taxes on internet and catalog sales. For this to change, Congress must take action to authorize states and local governments to compel retailers to collect and remit these taxes so that these revenues that are already owed can be sent back to the jurisdictions where they are owed.

Georgia Rural Broadband Survey Georgia Rural Broadband Survey
January 19, 2017
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
January 19, 2017   |  Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA)
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.

Tweaking the Single County ‘T-SPLOST’
January 15, 2017
GMA’s government relations team anticipates that legislation will be introduced to adjust the T-SPLOST law to allow more than one T-SPLOST in each county as long as the amount levied does not exceed 1 percent.

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