Georgia Cities Newspaper
Amenities the Key to the Future
In the future, cities should worry less about attracting jobs and look more to attracting the workers, say economists and a demographer who studies the impact of generational changes on local governments.
A Two-Wheeled Approach to Civic Engagement
It was a sunny Sunday in February, temperatures edging into the 60s, and the greenway sidewalk was jammed with walkers, parents pushing strollers and bicyclists. So many cyclists were on the narrow path that I witnessed a narrowly averted, freeway-style chain-reaction collision. The cyclists’ ages ranged from kids on training wheels to people whose joints were probably creaking the next day. If you wanted to meet a cross-section of the city’s population, that Charlotte greenway would have been a good place to hang out.
Collecting the Dots
I bet in your time as a city leader you've been implored to “connect the dots.” I also bet you have encouraged people, as I have, to do the same. It’s an important aspect of what people and organizations do to keep things moving along.
Join GMA for ‘Live from the Hall’
On Saturday and Sunday at the Annual Convention, GMA will be highlighting exhibitors, speakers and services in a live-streamed Internet program, “Live from the Hall.”
Long-Time Vendors Part of Exhibit Hall, GMA Family
For more than 40 years, GMA has featured exhibitors during its annual convention. It is a time where Georgia city officials get to learn first-hand about product and services that businesses offer
GMA Launching Healthy Communities Initiative
Obesity, particularly childhood obesity, is a critical issue for the United States and its cities, and in response to this crisis, GMA is launching a new initiative to bring fun into fitness and tie tourism into the mix as well.
GMA Kicks-Off Hub Cities Initiative
The Georgia Municipal Association recently convened mayors of cities that anchor a network of 13 urbanized areas outside of metro Atlanta, in a two-day mini-conference in Macon, May 19-20.
Governor Signs GMA Retirement Bill
Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 71, sponsored by Rep. Lynne Riley (R-Johns Creek), which amends current law to allow the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefits System (GMEBS) Retirement Fund to increase its investment allocation in real estate from 5 percent to 10 percent.
Municipal Bond Issues: Not Just for Large Cities
Hundreds of small cities in Georgia are faced with the same dilemma: a capital project that they want to complete to make their community a better place to live.
Annual Survey Finds Top Concern is Staff Development as Improving Economy Hastens Retirements
As local and state government workers head for the exits, human resource managers say their top concern is staff development.