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Putting Cities and GMA "In Play" Putting Cities and GMA "In Play"
June 26, 2016   |  Boyd Austin, GMA President
As local officials our job is simple … it is to lead. Whether we are loud or quiet, high energy or laid back, pragmatic or idealistic, in the weeds or at 30,000 feet, our job is to get our ideas into play. If we’re not doing that, we aren’t leading.
 

Creating a Path for Future Sustainability Creating a Path for Future Sustainability
June 14, 2016   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
To transform our neighborhoods and communities, it is up to us as city officials to live and act and conduct our politics in a way that honors collaboration and the common good. And from what I’ve seen and experienced these last ten years, Georgia’s city officials are up to the task.

Grayways to Greenways: Linear Parks and Trails to the Downtown Square Grayways to Greenways: Linear Parks and Trails to the Downtown Square
June 13, 2016   |  Ed McBrayer, Executive Director, PATH Foundation
Unless a city has an abandoned rail line or river corridor through the middle of town, a trail to the square requires repurposing public rights-of-way and piecing together underutilized parking lots and alleyways or converting “grayways” to greenways.

Seven Tools to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Seven Tools to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
June 10, 2016   |  James Brooks, Director for City Solutions, National League of Cities
In the U.S., we have reduced the number of smokers, the number of teen pregnancies and the number of new HIV/AIDS infections over time. The lessons from these public health challenges can be applied to the present opioid drug epidemic.

Cities Find Ways to Connect Business to Government Cities Find Ways to Connect Business to Government
May 16, 2016   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
We talk about the impact cities can have on the lives of residents. That’s natural because we think of government as being “of the people, by the people and for the people.” But government—particularly city government—also has strong connections to the business world.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Your Communities Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Your Communities
May 16, 2016   |  Rachel Quednau, Communications Specialist, Strong Towns
“Entrepreneurship” is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?

Community Investment Potential in Georgia’s Small Cities Community Investment Potential in Georgia’s Small Cities
May 11, 2016   |  William Lambe, Senior Adviser for Community & Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Small cities in the Southeast act as nerve centers connecting the regional economy. In the South, more than 100 small metro areas are home to 25 mil­lion—or 20 percent—of the region’s total population.

Georgia Cities Should ‘Ban the Box’ to Provide a Second Chance Georgia Cities Should ‘Ban the Box’ to Provide a Second Chance
April 11, 2016   |  Wes Cantrell, State Representative
We have banned the box at the state level. Now is the time for every municipality in Georgia to follow suit and ban it on all their city employment applications.

10 Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials to Your City 10 Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials to Your City
April 8, 2016   |  Trevor Langan, Research Associate, City Solutions and Applied Research, National League of Cities
As a talented work­force is essential to the vitality of a city, talent attrac­tion and retention has economic, community-based and civic-level implications.

Leaders Called to the Policy-Making Process Leaders Called to the Policy-Making Process
April 8, 2016   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
The 2016 Legislative Session has come to an end, and we’ll be learning over the next cou­ple of months about the bills that passed and how they will impact municipal government. But while we learn about what has changed, it’s equally important to look to the future

The Challenge of Workforce Housing in High-Growth, High-Cost Communities The Challenge of Workforce Housing in High-Growth, High-Cost Communities
March 9, 2016   |  Rusty Paul, Mayor, Sandy Spring
Workforce housing is a particularly acute problem in high-growth communities, like Sandy Springs, where land values and housing costs are high and rising.

Housing: A Cornerstone in DCA’s All-In Strategy for Community Development Housing: A Cornerstone in DCA’s All-In Strategy for Community Development
March 9, 2016   |  Camila Knowles Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs
​At the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), we know that it takes many people working together to build a strong and vibrant community. No one person, program or initiative can do it alone. 

Cooperation Should Not be Among ‘First World’ Problems Cooperation Should Not be Among ‘First World’ Problems
March 9, 2016   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
In the next few months county and state officials will have the general election primary. Now is the time to build those relationships and set the direction on where we can go as a state, and as cities and counties working together

Embrace Human Connectivity in the Technology Age Embrace Human Connectivity in the Technology Age
February 9, 2016   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
A little more than 20 years ago on “The Today Show”, Bryant Gumbel asked “What is the Internet, anyway?” Today the Internet and other technologies play an increasingly important part in our daily lives. This rapid and continual technological change has significantly impacted our society and economy.

The Future of Information Technology The Future of Information Technology
February 9, 2016   |  Dr. Alan R. Shark, Executive Director and CEO, Public Technology Institute
Unlike other topics, the future of technology is ever-changing. Despite the fact that state and local government functions remain unchanged for the past hundred years, we are increasingly turning to technology to perform tasks faster, more accurately, and hopefully to save money. 

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