Viewpoints

June, 2014

Aligning our Actions with our Aspirations

Keith Brady, GMA President

June 23, 2014

The challenge for us today is digging ourselves out of the day-to-day distractions and routines to find a way to carve out the time to think, to imagine, to create and design the future for generations to come.

2014 Session Tax Recap: Measures Whittle Away Local Revenues

Wesley Tharpe, Tax & Economic Policy Analyst Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

June 9, 2014

A collection of tax measures passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal will drain up to $107 million from Georgia’s local governments over the next two years and up to $154 million over the next five years.

Most Public Pension Plans Are Economic, Effective and Sustainable

Hank Kim,Esq., Executive Director and Counsel, The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

June 8, 2014

With their revenues hit hard by the Great Recession and the sluggish nature of the economy’s recovery, state and local government officials throughout the country are looking for ways to reduce expenditures and shore up their resources.

Success Comes When We All Work Together on the Little Things

Beth English, GMA President

June 8, 2014

In order to remain a strong and vibrant partner for Georgia’s cities, GMA will continue to evaluate how it relates to cities and city officials. But this work needs your continued participation; it is only by working together on all the “little things” that will lead to our future success and greatness.

May, 2014

Our Cities Are Full of Everyday Superheroes

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

May 9, 2014

We use the term “public service” to describe what city employees and officials do, but that isn’t exactly the right term. Public service is really about human service.

Bringing Alternative Fueled Vehicles to Your City

Tim G. Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioner

May 9, 2014

mWhen the GMA Convention convenes in Savannah, the Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow will be there too.

Georgia’s Seven Regional Food Banks Nourish and Sustain Communities

Danah C. Craft, Executive Director, Georgia Food Bank Association

May 9, 2014

Each year USDA estimates that over 70 billion pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. alone. That means that 40 percent of resources that go into growing, harvesting, packaging, distributing and selling the food are invested only to not be used to nourish people.

April, 2014

City Officials are Powerful Community Activists

Beth English, GMA President

April 4, 2014

Am I a community activist? You bet I am! Because if not you and me, then who?

March, 2014

Sense Your City’s Opportunities Through the Eyes of Its Youth

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

March 10, 2014

I was reminded recently how being around children gives us a fresh insight into the world. A dear friend told me about tucking in his young daughter one night. He told her it was time to go to sleep, and she replied, “Please, Daddy, turn the dark on for me!”

School Locations Impact Community Health

Katherine Moore, AICP, Georgia Conservancy Sustainable Growth Program Manager

March 10, 2014

A community’s health is not only measured in the bodily health of its residents, but also in its ability to both weather and adapt to change. The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program is helping communities consider both of these factors through the lens of school location.

February, 2014

City and State Officials are Bound by Common Goals

Beth English, GMA President

February 6, 2014

Another Mayors’ Day Conference has come and gone. As usual, all the sessions provided lots of valuable information and plenty for me to think about in my role as a city official. The biggest takeaway for me, however, wasn’t something that I heard during one of the sessions. It was something that I saw.

January, 2014

State of the State: With Deep Freeze Over, Georgia’s Economy Warms

Governor Nathan Deal

January 15, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his State of the State address on January 15, 2014.

New Federal Water Legislation Benefits Both Georgia and Metro Atlanta

Boyd Austin, Mayor, Dallas, Georgia & Chair, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District

January 6, 2014

With the anticipated passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Georgians owe a debt of gratitude to our Congressional delegation. Our Senators and Representatives worked across party lines to help ensure Georgia’s continued economic development, balanced with the protection of our natural resources.

Public-Private Partnership Legislation Could Benefit Taxpayers

Sen. Hunter Hill, Chair, Public-Private Partnership Study Committee

January 6, 2014

For the last six months, I have chaired the Georgia Public-Private Partnership Study Committee to look into optimal means for delivering mission critical facilities for state and local governments. Our committee held a series of hearings to explore the possibility of creating legislation that would give state and local governments an additional “tool in the toolbox” for their ability to conceive, design and construct facilities that serve a public need.

Let Our Leadership Reflect Lessons Learned

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

January 6, 2014

We’ve all heard the old adage that we grow and learn from our mistakes. We call this “lessons learned.” Sometimes, though, I wonder if we’re really learning anything at all.