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March 19, 2018   |  National League of Cities

The national urban-rural divide narrative touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn’t the whole story.


March 19, 2018   |  National League of Cities

NLC’s Public Sector Retirement Initiative is a resource for elected officials featuring a series of reports and blog posts to help them navigate the complexities of retirement and healthcare planning and funding for the municipal workforce.


March 16, 2018
On Feb. 6, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed or­dinance 18-O-1045, which eliminates cash bonds to secure re­lease from the city of Atlanta Detention Center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. Crim­inal justice reform, including cash bail reform, has long been a key priority for Mayor Bottoms and was a center­piece of her campaign. Georgia’s Cities learned more about the new mayor’s prioritization of this ordinance and her continued plans for meaningful justice reform.


March 6, 2018   |  Gale Horton Gay
The leadership of city and coun­ty officials can make or break a community. Good, solid leader­ship can improve quality of life for residents, attract business and industry as well as strengthen re­lationships with all stakeholders, especially in times of crisis.


February 28, 2018   |  National League of Cities
Opportunity Zones is a new community development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to spur long-term private investment in low-income communities nationwide. The program offers a federal tax incentive for reinvesting capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.”


February 21, 2018   |  Milken Institute
Metropolitan areas are crucial drivers of growth in the American economy, taking different paths to prosperity depending on their industry mix, policy choices, and available resources. The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities (BPC) index provides an objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas.


February 20, 2018   |  Greg Kats and Keith Glassbrook of Capital E in Partnership with NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute
A new report by Greg Kats and Keith Glassbrook of Capital-E in partnership with NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute examines the community-scale benefits of buildings deploying green design features — and makes a convincing case that local governments stand to gain billions through improved water management, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness, public health and even disaster mitigation.


February 15, 2018   |  GMA Office of the General Counsel
There are several firms actively soliciting cities in Georgia to hire them to represent the city in opioid litigation.  GMA urges member cities to consult with their city attorney before deciding to join the litigation and before signing up with a law firm to represent their city in the litigation.


February 14, 2018   |  Burning Glass Technologies & Harvard Business School
While popular elsewhere, apprenticeships represent a relatively small number of jobs in the United States. This report assesses the potential for apprenticeships to address the skills gap and other barriers to workforce development in the national economy. 


February 14, 2018   |  Route Fifty
Route Fifty's second biennial survey of civil servants presents a nationwide picture of management challenges for state and local employees.


February 14, 2018
In 2017, GMA launched a new service designed to evaluate whether telephone providers are properly collecting and remitting the 911 surcharge as required by O.C.G.A. § 46-5-134 to jurisdictions that operate 911 systems. 


February 14, 2018   |  GMA Telecommunications & Right of Way Management Staff
While cities support new technologies that improve or enhance coverage, these proposals for small cell antenna infrastructure may pose potential problems and conflicts with a city’s right of way, including requirements for public safety, zoning, and aesthetics.


February 8, 2018
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Mary O'Brien, CEO of Mobile Science Technologies, Inc., provided webinar participants with an overview of the Bright City App. This app allows cities to engage residents when it is most needful for the city and the resident.


February 2, 2018
Smart energy decision-making in the city of Valdosta includes technology and innovation and is powering up with the South Georgia sun. Valdosta has pur­sued renewable energy options since the early 2000s.


December 19, 2017
On May 24, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle announced the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs (COPS) Task Force to partner with local governments and law enforcement agencies to examine the importance of attracting and retaining experienced officers and address reforms in compensation.


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