GMA Opioid Workshop
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
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
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
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.
Advancing a New Wave of Urban Competitiveness
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
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.
A Library Grows in Harlem
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
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’
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.
BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects
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
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
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.