Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute

The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute is a series of training programs designed to help city officials enhance their knowledge and skills in municipal related matters.  Courses are offered in conjunction with GMA meetings as well as in “stand-alone” offerings throughout the year. With exception to the state mandated Newly Elected Officials Institute, the courses offered are voluntary and offer city officials the opportunity to obtain additional training beyond what is required by state law. By completing this additional training, municipal elected officials can earn a Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Excellence and Certificate of Distinction.
The Municipal Training Institute is operated through a partnership between the Georgia Municipal Association and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  Oversight is provided by the Municipal Training Board, which is comprised of municipal elected officials and representatives from partnering organizations.    

Upcoming Training Program Opportunities


August 2017

Event Location Start End
Sold Out!! Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute Jekyll Island Aug. 8 Aug. 11
2017 Summer Training Event Jekyll Island Aug. 10 Aug. 11
2017 Georgia's Downtown Conference and Training Columbus Aug. 22 Aug. 25
Downtown Development Authority Basic Training Columbus Aug. 22 Aug. 22
Creating a Downtown Renaissance: Advanced DDA Training Columbus Aug. 22 Aug. 22

February 2018

Event Location Start End
2018 Newly Elected Officials Institute --Athens Athens Feb. 15 Feb. 17

March 2018

Event Location Start End
2018 Newly Elected Officials Institute--Tifton Tifton Mar. 7 Mar. 9
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Course Presentations
June 20, 2017
In April, GMA completed its first multi-week online training course, Community and Media Relations. This course, offered through the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, spanned a six-week period and offered video-recorded lessons, interactive discussion boards and assignments that uncovered the importance of building effective working relationships with the media and the role the media plays in informing the public and shaping their opinion of municipal governments.
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