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April 18, 2018   |  Route Fifty
A proactive approach to impending retirements by viewing them as an opportunity rather than a threat and asking the right questions can facilitate succession planning for local governments.


April 12, 2018   |  Center for State and Local Government Excellence
New research suggests that cuts to public employee pension benefits have made it more difficult for state and local governments to recruit employees and compete with the private sector.


April 10, 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.


April 9, 2018
As Georgia downtowns continue to flourish, delivery trucks present an increasing challenge for cities.


April 9, 2018   |  Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have concluded the 2017 Georgia Water and Wastewater Rates Survey. The data collected via the survey is available in a free, interactive dashboard that allows users to compare rates among utilities according to multiple factors, including utility size, water source, river basin, geographic radius and median household income.


April 9, 2018   |  PNC Bank
In a recent survey conducted by PNC Bank, municipal bond analysts assess important trends in the municipal bond market, including likely impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and infrastructure proposals at the federal level.


April 6, 2018   |  Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 American Mayors Survey is the largest comprehensive public-opinion survey of mayors and city managers. It reveals the most important issues and challenges for American leaders as well as strategies underway to address them. 


April 6, 2018   |  National League of Cities
The National League of Cities released an update to its report, City Rights in an Era of Preemption, that reveals state preemption of local authority is increasing throughout the country. 


April 6, 2018   |  Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population.


April 2, 2018   |  ICMA & Microsoft
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) teamed up with its strategic partner Microsoft in 2017 for a report on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources provides local officials on what policies and procedures local governments are undertaking to protect their computer systems from attacks.


March 29, 2018   |  Sara Friedman, GCN
To get an accurate count of nation's population, the Census Bureau depends on state and local government officials and community leaders to get the word out about the importance of every household responding.  To help communities tailor their outreach efforts that encourage residents to mail in their census forms, the bureau designed the nationwide Response Outreach Area Mapper that displays the predicted mail-in reply rates by census tract.


March 27, 2018   |  National League of Cities
Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, a new report released March 12, 2018, by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the urban-rural divide and encourages stronger links between urban and rural areas to spur economic growth.


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.


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