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February 8, 2017
On January 26, 2017, LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar apologized to the community for the police department’s role in the 1940 lynching of Austin Callaway, who was abducted from a jail by a group of masked white men, was shot and left to die.


January 31, 2017
The city of East Point is embarking on an aggressive plan to improve the built environment, transportation options and quality of life for its residents and visitors by moving forward with a variety of projects. 


January 31, 2017
City officials statewide have taken advantage of Hometown Connec­tions as a way to engage with their legislators. The city of Centerville used their Hometown Connection to connect and also showcase the Town Master Plan for its Town Center and Center Park, which will be integrated into a cohesive downtown. 


January 30, 2017
A number of Georgia cities, including Jackson, Newnan and Macon-Bibb County, have successfully started to reduce blight within their cities.


January 24, 2017   |  Lynnette Kelly, Executive Director, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
Financing a public project with municipal bonds is a team effort in which many professionals work together to achieve the goals of the municipality. But as government officials considering issuing municipal bonds in 2017, keep in mind that it’s your deal.


January 23, 2017
“What we do for our kids is going to change the world,” said Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle during the Dec. 2, 2016 unveiling of the city’s new mural. What was once an old auto repair shop is now the site of the new city mural located in the city square—the unique part: the drawings on the mural were inspired by original sketches from 60 third, fourth and fifth grade students from Winterville Elementary School.


January 23, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
I guess you can blame yours truly if things go south in the Hoechstetter (Hock-stetter) case—one pertaining to a long-standing, statewide custom dealing with public notice in zoning matters. We’re going to want to stay on this as it works its way through the courts. Here’s what we have.


January 13, 2017
In November 2016 more than 40 mayors gathered at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta for a lunch program hosted by GMA and the Metro Atlan­ta Mayors Association. Here attendees learned from and engaged with smart city experts during a panel discussion. 


January 9, 2017   |  U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Brownfield revitalization can support community efforts to become more resilient to climate change impacts by incorporating adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process. This manual, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will help communities think about climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in the context of brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.


December 8, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) – an innovative reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?”


December 5, 2016
There is a little-known and underutilized tool avail­able in Georgia designed to help new businesses and new projects raise capital. This tool is called the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE).


December 2, 2016

The city of Dahlonega’s municipal court, which has been credited for making multiple improvements, enlisted a num­ber of changes to ensure a fair and orderly court procedure including seamless integration with the district attorney’s of­fice, implementing a consistent recordkeeping process and contracting with the public defender’s office.


November 28, 2016
As part of its Municipal Court initiative, GMA conducted two surveys concerning municipal courts: the Municipal Court Survey for City Clerks and the Municipal Court Survey for Municipal Court Judges. 


November 28, 2016
In 2015, the Newnan Police Depart­ment hired its first community re­source officer. Since taking the posi­tion, Officer Edward Lee has initiated three programs to reach the youth of the community.


November 23, 2016
UPDATED: The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy.


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