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Striving to Make Georgia Cities Healthier
May 16, 2017
By Dan Popovic, Co-Founder, cMEcompete
Do you know how well your commu­nity stacks up against others? Do you know if community health positively or negatively impacts your local econ­omy? If you know the answers, what kind of plan do you have in place, how are you implementing and tracking the metrics?

Preparation is Key to Serving Our Cities
May 15, 2017
By Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Each day we come to work and assume that at the end of the day all things will be fine and ready for the next day. Occasionally, though, something out of the ordinary will occur and we are thrown into a cycle of emergency or confusion! A fire, an unexpected weather event or human error that shuts down the operation for a period of time are just a few of the situations that can occur and throw a city into crisis. When this happens we all hope that the preparation and planning are successful and we can continue business as usual.

Stemming Georgia’s Opioid Epidemic: State & Local Government Cooperation
May 9, 2017
By Sen. Renee Unterman
With the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law in effect, the prevalence of first responders carrying naloxone varies depending on the funding available to purchase the naloxone kits in cities and counties in Georgia. Funding solutions should be explored by our counties and municipalities to ensure Naloxone is available to first responders and can be replenished after the kit passes an expiration date or is used in the field.

Healthy Downtown Trends: Beyond the Buzzwords
April 19, 2017
Tommy Lowmon, Communications & Training Coordinator, Georgia Department of Community Affairs
What was once a one sided press release or publication, from which citizens received information about things happen­ing in their communities after the plan was in mo­tion, is now becoming more of a conversation to which people have the opportunity to add valuable input. This “exchange of information” is a necessary component of the communication process.

Business Incubator Brings Variety to Downtown Macon
April 10, 2017
By Erika Conleay, Director of Place, NewTown Macon
Coworking space provides a professional environment with low operat­ing costs for startups and a lower commitment than opening a traditional storefront. Another large ben­efit of working in a shared space is the natural net­working and collaboration opportunities that happen when multiple businesses and startups work side-by-side. 
 

We Must Stay "In the Mix" to Keep Cities Moving Forward
April 10, 2017
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, GMA President
The annual festival season begins in earnest with the advent of spring. These local celebrations laud the unique character, products, natural resources and traditions of our individual cities. Later this month, many of our cities will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, one of GMA’s popular initiatives. “Georgia Cities: In the Mix” is this year’s theme and will be celebrated April 23-29. 

Civic Buildings Positively Impact Downtown Revitalization
April 5, 2017
Stephanie S. Aylworth, Economic Development Director, City of Powder Springs
Decentralization of civic buildings is not considered a best practice for downtown revitalization. The effects are damaging if not severe to a town or city’s downtown economy.

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse
March 10, 2017
Paul Hill, Founder, Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothel
President Donald Trump’s voters in rural areas and small towns made a point: they were left behind while a lot of the country made economic progress, and they want that to change.

Cities Charged to Work Together to Uncover Solutions
March 8, 2017
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
With the Legislature in session it seems we spend a lot of time defending “local control” and fighting “unfunded mandates.” Each year we get a different set of rules that limit our ability to deliver services expected by the taxpayers while doing so with less revenue.

We Must Address Challenges to Build Prosperous Communities
February 10, 2017
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, GMA President
I experienced three remarkable things over the last few days: the peaceful transfer of power from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration, a true hallmark of our democracy; another fantastic Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta; and the Atlanta Falcons winning the NFC Championship (Rise Up!).

Cities Strong, Together in 2017
February 10, 2017
Clarence Anthony, Executive Director and CEO, National League of Cities
In the nation’s capital, the remark­able success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election contradicted expectations and changed the way many in Washington understand campaigns and the electorate. 

Breweries Mean Business: A Change that Tastes like Urban Renewal
January 27, 2017
Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate
In Georgia, brewers are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they are not allowed to sell to the general public at their production site or associated venue. Georgia’s “three tier system” requirements do not allow for sales on site, while all of the states sur­rounding Georgia have done away with this specific limitation.

It’s Your Deal: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities When Issuing Municipal Bonds
January 24, 2017
Lynnette Kelly, Executive Director, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
Financing a public project with municipal bonds is a team effort in which many professionals work together to achieve the goals of the municipality. But as government officials considering issuing municipal bonds in 2017, keep in mind that it’s your deal.

State of the State: Georgia Will 'Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative'
January 11, 2017
Governor Nathan Deal
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State address delivered on January 11, 2017.

City Officials Must Build Relationships in the New Year
January 10, 2017
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
The New Year is upon us and each new year brings the General Assembly back into session. This time is a critical time for each city official—elected or appointed—to make an effort to educate these well-intended individuals with the issues that impact cities and how we can work together for solutions.
 

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