Let the Convention Begin...

June 7, 2012

The “Magic of Cities” will be on display at GMA’s Annual Convention June 22-25 in Savannah as nearly 2,000 attendees come together for four days of training, discussions about the economy, concurrent sessions, district caucuses and the opportunity to learn more about services and products available to cities.
The magic begins with the General Opening Session on Sunday, June 23, with keynote speaker Billy Riggs, who has been called “The Dr. Phil of Magic,” and is America’s source for all things attitude! Through television, radio, books, videos, his website (billyriggs.com) and live keynote speeches, Riggs has used an unusual blend of comedy, music, magic and motivation to spread his positive attitude to more than a million people on five continents.
When Riggs appears, things on stage begin to disappear! Using world-class magical illusions to drive home his points, his presentations have transformed hundreds of otherwise ordinary conferences into something truly special. His quick wit and quicker hands spread laughter and raise morale as listeners learn to reshape their destinies by eliminating their “Grand Illusions” and embracing even grander truths.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss policy issues at the six policy committee meetings and learn more about issues affecting cities at several concurrent sessions.

Concurrent sessions are planned to cover the aging population, attracting the younger generation, building better downtowns and farmers markets and community gardens. Other sessions planned for the meeting include an update on Open Meeting/Open Records laws, taxation and Local Option Sales Tax negotiations, Census and data research, how federal laws impact cities and GMA’s retirement program. The sessions are scheduled so that city officials can attend at least two of the concurrent sessions.

At the Annual Business Meeting and Awards and Installation Program GMA’s 2013 Legislative Policies will be voted on and the Board of Directors and district officers will be elected. Voting delegate forms will be mailed to cities later this month. During the last half of the session, the Officers and Board will be installed, new Certified Cities of Ethics will be recognized and training certificates will be presented.

City officials can learn about the latest in municipal government services and products in the Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall will be open on Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Along with concurrent sessions, district meetings and policy committee meetings, the Convention will offer training classes on the Saturday before and the Tuesday following the Convention. Fifteen classes are scheduled for Saturday, with an additional four classes being offered on Tuesday.