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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. 

Leadership in the Age of Disruption Leadership in the Age of Disruption
February 9, 2016   |  Brooks Rainwater, Director, Center for City Solutions & Applied Research, National League of Cities
Disruption. It may be a buzz word, but it perfectly encapsulates this moment in time. New technologies don’t simply disrupt business models; they disrupt lives. At times, they forcefully forge change and demand swift adaptation from every size of community. 

State of the State: ‘Ocean of Opportunity' lies ahead for Georgia’s Ship of State State of the State: ‘Ocean of Opportunity' lies ahead for Georgia’s Ship of State
January 13, 2016   |  Gov. Nathan Deal
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016. 

Taxes Likely to Receive Scrutiny in 2016 Taxes Likely to Receive Scrutiny in 2016
January 11, 2016   |  Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate
In 2016 look for greater cooperation between the state DOR and city governments, more information sharing to catch those businesses attempting to avoid tax payments and possible legislative relief from the responsibility of paying interest on overpayments of sales taxes.  

Proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act Could Burden Taxpayers Proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act Could Burden Taxpayers
January 11, 2016   |  Rusi Patel GMA Associate General Counsel
Cities are trusted to be the steward of local taxpayer money and sometimes the responsibility that comes with being conservative stewards of tax funds can put cities at odds with widely popular issues for reasons that are, unfortunately, not widely understood. 

Let’s Resolve to Do the Right Thing Let’s Resolve to Do the Right Thing
January 8, 2016   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
As the New Year begins, let’s resolve to ensure that our actions, our relationship with others and our behaviors will build trust and confidence within our cities. After all, the voters put you in office because they believe in you and your ability to lead your city in a professional manner.

Collaboration Key to Community Success Collaboration Key to Community Success
November 30, 2015   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
When city elected officials speak to me about their communities, they almost without fail mention their local schools. The success, or failure, of the local school system translates into the success, or failure, of Georgia’s cities. From creating a high quality-of-life to economic development to the long-term prosperity of a city, the quality of our public education system is paramount. 

City Officials Are Best Equipped to Solve Local Problems City Officials Are Best Equipped to Solve Local Problems
November 6, 2015   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
As we prepare for the upcoming Legislative Session, let’s not be timid in advocating the basic home rule tenant that local officials are in the best position to make local deci­sions affecting the everyday health and welfare of their residents.

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