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The Georgia Cities Foundation: Helping to Create Vibrant Downtowns The Georgia Cities Foundation: Helping to Create Vibrant Downtowns
April 8, 2015   |  Mike Starr, President & CEO, The Georgia Cities Foundation
Since its inception in 1999, the Geor­gia Cities Foundation (GCF) has strived to serve as a catalyst for down­town revitalization. Our goal has been to promote economically sustainable projects and to build public-private partnerships that will help ensure the long-term health and economic vitality of Georgia’s downtown areas.

Wanted: Local Solutions and Leadership Wanted: Local Solutions and Leadership
April 8, 2015   |  Keith Brady, GMA President
People, regardless of their demographic or socioeconomic standing, or whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small rural towns, are looking locally for those ideas and solutions that “improves quality-of-life for themselves and their communities.”

Georgia’s Economy and Economic Development: What Went Wrong and What is to be Done? Georgia’s Economy and Economic Development: What Went Wrong and What is to be Done?
March 6, 2015   |  Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, Director of the Center for State and Local Finance Georgia State University
Between 1985 and 1999, Georgia’s economy saw significant real per capita income growth, on average 3 percent per year. Since 2000, however, real per capita income has grown only around .35 percent per year.

The Future Will Not be Like the Past The Future Will Not be Like the Past
March 5, 2015   |  Kathryn Lawler, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division, Atlanta Regional Commission
All across the state, country and around the globe, individuals, private companies and governments are facing the same challenges as they look to respond to the rapidly changing population.

Leaders Make Cities Tick Leaders Make Cities Tick
March 5, 2015   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Everyday should be a celebration for the leadership of the elected officials and the staffs of all cities for the commitment they make to build a better life for all citizens who want to live in our cities.

Police Aim to Protect the Public with Traffic, Speed Enforcement Police Aim to Protect the Public with Traffic, Speed Enforcement
February 10, 2015   |  Frank Vincent Rotondo, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
There are three major concepts associated with traffic safety: engineering, education and enforcement. The engineering aspect is handled by proper highway construction and appropriate traffic flow measures. Education is accomplished by published laws and regulations, traffic signs and public service communications. Enforcement is utilized when problems are identified that cannot be addressed effectively through engineering and education.

Firefighters Stand Ready to Answer a Variety of Calls
February 10, 2015   |  Robert Singletary, Fire Chief, Warner Robins and President, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
The Fire Service has historically been considered a “blue collar” pro¬fession. An old fire chief once told me that there were only two qualifi¬cations to be a firefighter back in the 40s and 50s: a strong back and a weak mind. He was joking of course, but there is some truth to that state¬ment

Create a Lasting Legacy Create a Lasting Legacy
February 9, 2015   |  Keith Brady, GMA President
Every time a president begins his second term in office, talk turns to what his “legacy” will be. Pundits of all kinds will speculate on what his time in office meant to our country and the lasting impact he will have. Although most of us don’t face those same term limits, we should be mindful of the legacy we’re leaving in our cities and within GMA.

State of the State: Great challenges require great cooperation State of the State: Great challenges require great cooperation
January 14, 2015   |  Governor Nathan Deal
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 14, 2015.

Sales Tax Trends are the Pulse of Local Economies
January 8, 2015   |  Michael McPherson, GMA Governmental Relations Associate
Finding sales tax data should be as easy as finding your pulse since sales tax trends are the economic pulse of your community. Checking, measuring and analyzing your pulse on a regular basis is a vital component of maintaining your health.

Be Sure to Connect with State and Federal Leaders in 2015 Be Sure to Connect with State and Federal Leaders in 2015
January 8, 2015   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
With the beginning of the new year, it is time for the legislative machine to begin cranking up once again. We have a new General Assembly session that begins the second week of January and with it comes a need for ethics reform, funding for transportation, a good look at declining revenues for cities, counties and school systems and a litany of other issues that will rise to the surface over the next 40 legislative days.

Transportation Funding Can’t be at Expense of Local Priorities Transportation Funding Can’t be at Expense of Local Priorities
December 30, 2014   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Soon, the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding will issue a report containing a number of funding options that if implemented, would help the state of Georgia raise additional funds to address its transportation needs. Although I served as a member of the Joint Study Committee, I could not sign the report for one simple reason: it includes language that suggests taking or restricting revenues that fund local priorities.

State-level Revenue Needed for Transportation State-level Revenue Needed for Transportation
December 29, 2014   |  Robert Reichert, Mayor, Macon-Bibb County
My experience and familiarity with transportation leads me to believe that our failure to provide necessary transportation infrastructure funding is false economy. My opinion is shared by many who are currently serving in political office across this state; there is consensus on the need, the dilemma is finding the necessary funds today, to invest in our transportation infrastructure for tomorrow.

Reliable Data Equals Efficiency and Partnership In Good Government
November 7, 2014   |  Michael McPherson, GMA Governmental Relations Associate
Some cannot hear the term “government administration” without immediately associating the thought with wastefulness and inefficiency. Many truly believe that the services that local governments provide to their residents should be “run like a business.” But what does that mean exactly?

Cities Can Win When We Show Up and Pay Attention Cities Can Win When We Show Up and Pay Attention
November 6, 2014   |  Keith Brady, GMA President
Our call as city officials is to make decisions for the good of our city. It’s often an inward, narrowly focused activity. To be effective leaders, however, we don’t have the luxury of only focusing inward. We must be willing to look up, pay attention to what is going on around us and do what we must do to engage with those that have influence on how we conduct our business at home.

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