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November 13, 2018
The 2020 Census seeks to establish an accurate count of the nation’s population and has been conducted every ten years since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census is required, important, and can have a significant impact on your community’s bottom line.


November 12, 2018
Throughout the state, city lead­ers are beginning to see their younger residents as a resource for community problem-solving and service. In many of these cities, youth councils are form­ing and working with commu­nity leaders to tackle important issues, while discovering that their voices matter to their city leaders. Those who encourage youth participation see benefits including budget savings and revenue generation; increased support for city initiatives and improved policies and youth programing.


November 9, 2018
LaGrange, West Point and Troup County firefighters held three fundraisers to help raise money for the four LaGrange Fire Department (LFD) firefighters who were injured in a Labor Day fire. While all the firefighters and volunteers gave out of service to their colleagues, some were more motivated by past experiences.


November 8, 2018   |  Governing Magazine

Most local governments haven’t been on hiring sprees lately. But one area where they appear to be adding employees is finance. Recent Census data shows that employees working in this sector increased 5.4 percent between 2014 and 2017.


November 8, 2018   |  Curbed
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. Here are 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places.


November 6, 2018
 Hurricane Michael, a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall on the Florida pan­handle on Oct. 10, moved into Southwest Georgia as a category 3 hurricane—the first time in 120 years a storm of that force has hit Southwest Georgia. In its aftermath, Mi­chael left one dead in Georgia, hundreds of thousands without power or water, farmers’ crops destroyed and tons of debris. Despite the destruction, communities are showing how resilient they are.


October 31, 2018   |  Remix
In the past year, cities have been prompted to rapidly re-examine the management and regulation of transportation services due to the influx of micromobility. This article surveys over a dozen emerging micromobility data sharing policies to identify core features.


October 31, 2018   |  National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) offers city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage new shared active transportation companies, from dockless bike share bikes to electric scooters.


October 31, 2018
Local governments across the nation are be­coming rich targets for cyber criminals, in­cluding some Georgia cities. Hinesville City Attorney Linnie Darden, III shared with Geor­gia’s Cities more on Hinesville’s recent ran­somware attack, which affected the Police Department, the Inspections Department, Code Enforcement, Water Utility Billing De­partment, Business Licenses and the Human Resources Department.


October 29, 2018
Downtown Atlanta is coming full circle—from highlighting its historic beginnings to preparing for massive transformation and de­velopment, which will lead the area into the future. The GMA home office is right in the middle of it all.


October 26, 2018
As economic development continues to evolve, development professionals statewide are charged to find innova­tive ways to keep their communities thriving. Georgia’s Cities sat down with two city economic develop­ment directors: Shirlynn Brownell of Brookhaven and Brian Wismer of Fayetteville to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics and what’s next for their cities.


October 26, 2018
In September and October of 2018, ACCG and GMA co-hosted a regional workshop series to inform local officials about telecommunications issues in Georgia, including the technology and equipment needed to provide wireless and fiber broadband service to Georgia’s urban and metro areas, current telecom law, franchise and right-of-way agreements, and federal and state legislation. This article contains video and slide decks from one of these workshops.


October 24, 2018   |  National League of Cities
This National League of Cities action guide is meant to give cities the ability to better understand and approach the impending rollout of autonomous vehicles in their cities.


October 16, 2018   |  National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
To help municipalities improve their data policies and practices, this guide assembles lessons from the experiences of partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership network and similar organizations. The guide presents advice and annotated resources for a comprehensive data governance program.


October 16, 2018
GMA provides International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Lite memberships to Georgia cities with population less than 2,500 at no cost to those cities. The IMLA Lite membership provides registration benefits and well as other education and infomation sharing opportunities.


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