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September 13, 2018   |  Gale Horton Gay
Building trust between public safety officers and the community members they serve doesn’t happen without effort. Police departments throughout Georgia use a variety of strategies to keep the lines of communication open in their jurisdictions.


September 7, 2018   |  The Democracy Collaborative
Many communities across the country are facing new threats of instability, unaffordability, disempowerment, and displacement that are putting increased pressure on land and housing resources. This report provides an overview of strategies and tools to establish community control of land and housing.


August 27, 2018   |  National League of Cities (NLC)

This guide serves to explain small cell infrastructure and related policy issues in clear terms so that city leaders can thoughtfully plan for small cell deployments in their communities. The guide profiles five U.S. cities – Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; San Jose, Calif.; Raleigh, N.C., and Tempe, Ariz. – and their diverse approaches to small cell wireless infrastructure deployment.


August 24, 2018
A new twist on a traditional sport is finding its way in the city of Thomasville. A nine-hole FootGolf course was just installed at the Country Oaks Golf Course. 


August 23, 2018
Farmers markets across the state are popping up and bridg­ing the gap between local ven­dors and consumers. Fairburn Councilmember Hattie Portis-Jones shares the impact the city’s weekly market has on the community.


August 23, 2018   |  Gale Horton Gay
Some cities and communities are pri­oritizing inclusiveness and committing to it beyond just lip service.


August 22, 2018   |  The Brookings Institution
As cities enter the next phase of smart technology development, what are the specific strategies needed to realize a smart city vision? Atlanta's experience offers four lessons.


August 20, 2018   |  Engaging Local Government Leaders Network
It is difficult for people to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially people who are passionate about serving the public. But local governments are beginning to tackle these topics in order to serve everyone in an equitable manner.


August 15, 2018
GMA has prepared this brief at the request of our organization’s member cities to provide guidance on negotiating the provision of county road services as part of local service delivery agreements mandated by O.C.G.A. §36-70-20, et. seq., the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) law.


August 15, 2018   |  By Nia Williams
“I want to talk to you about the ‘kindness’ and ‘inclusion’ that is hard,” said GMA Convention Keynote Speaker Celeste Headlee as she opened her “how to” presentation on creating conversa­tion that matters during the 2018 GMA Annual Convention. The journalist, professional speaker and author, went on to equip city officials and opening session attendees with 10 tips to creat­ing meaningful conversation.


August 14, 2018   |  The Pew Charitable Trusts
City leaders across the country want to promote deconstruction as a way to create entry-level construction jobs and reduce demolition waste. But the push has had mixed success, with some programs getting off the ground but others stalling as contractors remain unable to turn a profit.


August 10, 2018   |  Center for Community Progress
Incorporating the arts into place-based community development can spark fresh interest in vacant property. At the same time, creative placemaking, as a community-centered process, is a powerful tool to support equitable revitalization.


August 7, 2018
Becoming an incorporated entity has numerous advantages but also carries various responsibilities.


August 6, 2018   |  Governing Institute
The need for workforce modernization in the public sector has never been greater. To solve multiple challenges in attracting new employees into public service, governments must modernize their approach to hiring and retaining talent.


August 3, 2018   |  WABE
While the center of Atlanta has seen housing demand grow, communities to the west and south continue to deal with a glut of vacant properties. So how did 1004 Lookout become one of them? What turned this property into an empty, dilapidated home?


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