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Cities and the Innovation Economy Cities and the Innovation Economy 
November 17, 2017   |  National League of Cities
The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders is a nationwide analysis of the current state of the ‘sharing economy’ and smart city technologies— including drones—and their impact on cities. 

Energy and Operations Reinvestment Webinar 
November 17, 2017   |  Schneider Electric
This webinar, presented by Christie Williams and Trent Egbert of Schneider Electric, focuses on the use of performance contracts as a means for city governments in Georgia to lower operating costs through investment in efficient city infrastructure. During the webinar, the presenters focus on the strategies cities should employ when seeking an energy service company for this type of performance contracting.

Georgia Cities Focus on Safety and Risk Management Georgia Cities Focus on Safety and Risk Management 
November 15, 2017   |  Gale Horton Gay
Risk and managing risk is something cities big and small, urban and rural have in common.

Youth Councils Build Tomorrow’s Leaders Youth Councils Build Tomorrow’s Leaders 
November 14, 2017
Throughout the state, city leaders are beginning to see their younger resi­dents as a resource for community problem-solving, which has sparked an interest and investment in forming youth councils. 

Driving Employee Engagement: Results from a National Survey Driving Employee Engagement: Results from a National Survey 
November 9, 2017   |  CPS HR Consulting
Decades of research have shown that employee engagement is linked to organizational performance, including in government.

Study: The Arts are an Economic Powerhouse Study: The Arts are an Economic Powerhouse 
November 3, 2017   |  Americans for the Arts
A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.

How Cities Use Federal Data 
November 2, 2017   |  Sunlight Foundation

A Sunlight Foundation survey of staff in 63 American cities reveals that data collected and published by the federal government is a crucial resource for local communities.

School Siting: Resilience Strategies for Communities, Facilities and Learners 
November 1, 2017
In this recording, Collaborative Learning Network president and founder Nick Salmon reviews a number of case studies that showcase how communities have creatively worked to site and construct schools. These examples of local, creative problem solving from across the nation highlight how school siting decisions can meet the needs of students, teachers, school systems, and the greater community.

School Siting: Schools as Public Infrastructure 
November 1, 2017
In this recording, Katherine Moore, Sustainable Growth Program Director with the Georgia Conservancy, discusses why we should recognize school facilities as critical public infrastructure and how thoughtful planning of facility location and campus design is integral to overall community sustainability. She reviews current Georgia Department of Education school siting guidelines, state funding of school construction, EPA school siting guidelines, and the role of community values in school siting discussions.

State and Local Government Workforce: 2017 Trends State and Local Government Workforce: 2017 Trends 
October 31, 2017   |  Center for State & Local Government Excellence
This report reflects the latest public sector workforce trends as reported by human resources personnel within state and local government.

I Left My Company to Work in Local Government. Here’s Why. 
October 31, 2017   |  Governing Magazine
What Washington does is important, but we feel the impact of state and local government every day.

Connecting Children to Nature 
October 30, 2017   |  National League of Cities
The CCCN Municipal Action Guide provides guidance to municipal leaders on strategies to equitably connect children to nature and explores three key questions:

  1. Does my city offer enough places for children to connect with nature?
  2. What programs and partnerships can draw children and families to nature?
  3. How can my city integrate access to nature with other city functions?

Directors Share How Cities Grow with Economic Development Directors Share How Cities Grow with Economic Development 
October 26, 2017
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 three city economic develop­ment directors to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics, and what’s next for their cities.

How to Rediscover "Heart and Soul" in Small-Town America 
October 25, 2017   |  Route Fifty
“Heart and Soul” is a civic engagement initiative spearheaded by the Orton Family Foundation that is specifically designed for smaller cities and towns.

Workforce Toolkit: Living Wage Calculators Workforce Toolkit: Living Wage Calculators 
October 18, 2017
A living wage calculator combines minimum household costs with approximate income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs.

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