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GMA Opioid Workshop
September 1, 2017
GMA held a workshop on the opioid crisis on August 24 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Researchers, community health advocates, law enforcement and community groups provided information on the crisis and its impact on Georgia. The focus of the workshop was on how city officials can address the issue.


Beyond Urban vs. Rural: New Report Reveals Five Distinct Local Economies Beyond Urban vs. Rural: New Report Reveals Five Distinct Local Economies
August 31, 2017   |  National League of Cities
A comprehensive analysis of local economies by the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that 84 percent of cities report their local economies have improved since 2016. The new report reveals a dynamic economic landscape that has given rise to five distinct types of local economies: a highly rural cluster; a large central city cluster; and three types of mid-sized economies.


Making Housing Accessible for All Ages and Abilities
August 22, 2017   |  By Marty Collier, Housing Coordinator, The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia
This article explores three basic access features needed to better meet the needs of today’s popula­tion, including families with baby strollers, elders, people living with disabilities and some people re­cently released from rehab facilities after an acci­dent. 


Successful Cities: Capitalizing on Federal Grants and Loans
August 21, 2017
During the summer of 2017, GMA staff, in cooperation with representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA), interviewed city and university officials in an effort to showcase small- to medium-sized cities that have been successful in funding city projects through federal grant or loan programs.


Aging is on the Minds of Georgia Planners and Leaders Aging is on the Minds of Georgia Planners and Leaders
August 9, 2017   |  Gale Hornton-Gay
Cities across the country are creating amenities to serve the rapidly growing population of persons 65 and older.


Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness
July 10, 2017   |  The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking
This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.


GMA Municipal Workforce Development Task Force Report GMA Municipal Workforce Development Task Force Report
June 29, 2017
The recommendations in this report cover recruitment, retention, training, and succession planning as the basic stages of developing a productive workforce in Georgia’s cities and are grouped into three clusters of activities: marketing, training, and developing a toolbox.


Yes, it’s True: You Cannot Sue a Dog— Or a Cat, for That Matter Yes, it’s True: You Cannot Sue a Dog— Or a Cat, for That Matter
June 19, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
Just when you think you heard it all, something new just crash lands into my inbox; a case about a K-9 named Draco.  A case in which Draco, among some humans and a county, get sued.  Oh, yes he did…
 


A Library Grows in Harlem A Library Grows in Harlem
June 13, 2017
With new growth come new challenges, opportunities and above all—change. For examples of this process, look no further than Harlem’s library. Having outgrown a 145-year-old historic home of 1,500 square feet, the library’s 18,000 titles and eight computers are no longer adequate for the needs of the community.


Sugar Hill Strives to Create a Destination Downtown Sugar Hill Strives to Create a Destination Downtown
June 13, 2017
Over the past 10 years, Sugar Hill city officials have built on their downtown vision with great help from community input and participation. This input has served as the backbone of the city’s first downtown master plan. Sugar Hill city leaders have also made key downtown investments to help implement this vision. 


Musical Officials Hit the ‘Right Notes’ Musical Officials Hit the ‘Right Notes’
June 12, 2017
It could be said that people in public office march to a different beat, and that can be a good thing. In several cities across Georgia, residents are reaping the benefits of their elected officials’ musical talents. 
 


Bainbridge Enlightens Residents with Living History Tour Bainbridge Enlightens Residents with Living History Tour
June 12, 2017
Bainbridge history comes to life each spring and fall as the city and the Downtown Development Authority host the Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour. 


BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects
May 25, 2017   |  National Telecommunications and Information Administration
NTIA's BroadbandUSA initiative presents this guide to key federal programs that offer funding for broadband-related projects.  NTIA intends this guide to answer questions from communities on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.


IT Security Challenges
May 24, 2017
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, cyber security expert Iven Connary of vSector Security Technologies provided webinar participants with an overview of both the challenges and potential solutions for enhancing IT security. This recording of this webinar, presented within this article, is beneficial generally for city staff and elected officials.


Cedartown’s One Door Polk Builds Community Well-Being
May 22, 2017
A young man entered through the doors of One Door Polk in need of services from the Department of Ju­venile Justice (DJJ)—what he received was an alarm­ing diagnosis of previously undiscovered diabetes. The outcome of his visit is a prime example of why One Door Polk was established in Cedartown.


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