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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. 
 

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
“…A Unique mixture of Manufacturing, Tourism and Urban Revitalization.”
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.
 

Tax Credits Offer Hope for Rural Hospital Turnaround
January 6, 2017
By Sen. Dean Burke (R–Bainbridge)
Georgia’s rural healthcare system is in crisis. This is not just a rural problem or a medical problem; it is a problem for all Georgians. 
 

Using Municipal Courts the ‘Right Way’
November 16, 2016
Susan Moore, GMA General Counsel
A well-run municipal court enhances public safety and improves the overall quality of life within a city. A poorly run municipal court can cost a mu­nicipality in both reputation and rev­enue. Which one does your city have?

Georgia Leads the Nation in Meaningful Justice Reform
November 14, 2016
Governor Nathan Deal
Our message to those in our prison system and to their families is this: If you pay your dues to society, if you take advantage of the opportunities to better your­self, if you discipline yourself so that you can regain your freedom and live by the rules of society, you will be given the chance to reclaim your life. I intend for Georgia to continue leading the nation with meaning­ful justice reform.

Giving Thanks for Leadership, Dedication and New Opportunities
November 9, 2016
Boyd Austin, GMA President
As president of GMA, I am trying to attend all of the District Meetings, and in doing so, I am able to see a lot of the state. As a 7th-generation Georgian, I am excited about the good things happening in our cities, large and small, and I am proud of the role GMA plays in each.

Leaders Called to Build Fairness, Trust and Opportunities
October 7, 2016
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Each day brings new ideas, thoughts and sometimes opportunities. When you look at the many and varied issues affecting our cities, it is amazing that residents get the service and protection they expect and deserve. For most residents, this probably looks like a duck on a pond, placidly floating along. What they don’t see are the feet underwater paddling away.

It Starts at Home
September 7, 2016
Boyd Austin, GMA President
While few of us will have an Olympic athlete from our home­town, the fact is our cities and towns play an important part in the lives of our citizens. For some, what we do as city officials directly impacts their ability to create a better future for themselves.

City Officials Embrace Training for a Better Future
August 17, 2016
Lamar Norton
We must acknowledge and applaud the leaders who recognize that additional training is needed to address the everyday demands of city government.

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.

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