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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


June 2017

Event Location Start End
GMA Annual Convention Savannah Jun. 23 Jun. 27

August 2017

Event Location Start End
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
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Course Presentations
A well-run municipal court enhances public safety in the municipality and improves the overall quality of life of the city. A poorly run mu­nicipal court can cost the municipality in both reputation and in revenue. With that in mind, the Municipal Training Institute has revamped its class on municipal courts in an effort to help municipal officials ensure their municipal court is a well-run municipal court.

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