Cities Charged with Keeping Credit Card Data Safe
The payment card industry no longer accepts a “check the box” mentality when it comes to merchant adoption and verification of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) required for compliance. Recent years have seen an uptick in cybercrime, with most data breaches compromising credit card data and personally identifiable information.
Safe Dams Program & Inventory of Dams
One of the functions of EPD’s Watershed Protection Branch is the administration of a Safe Dams Program. As part of this program, EPD provides an annual report of the dams inventory to Superior Court Clerks in each county.
(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization
(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization is a resource for local elected officials who want to reinvigorate and strengthen neighborhood centers of economy, culture, and history through a smart growth approach to development.
Municipal Policymaking Process
Blaine Williams, Athens-Clarke County Manager, provided an overview of the unified government's policy making process including a sample agenda report.
Peachtree Corners Plans to Launch Business Incubator
In Oct. 2015, the Peachtree Corners city council approved a $300,000 investment for the launch of a business incubator program. The step is part of a nearly year-long effort to set up the program that will support budding entrepreneurs.
Vienna, Lavonia Winning with Healthy Workplaces
Working to create healthy environments for city employees has paid off for two cities. The city of Lavonia and Margaret Shelley, accounting clerk for the city of Vienna, were the 2015 recipients of the GMA Health and Wellness Leadership Award for their work in creating healthy workplaces.
Auburn Retailer’s Story Details Local Impact of E-Fairness Issue
One of GMA’s top federal priorities is the issue of e-Fairness. Each year, Georgia’s state and local governments lose more than $800 million in sales tax revenue. Without Congressional action, state and local governments cannot compel Internet and catalog retailers to collect and remit sales taxes that are due on purchases.
Swainsboro Experiencing Significant Downtown Development Investment
Carpenters, heavy equipment and building supplies have all been familiar sights in downtown Swainsboro lately. In the largest construction boom in downtown Swainsboro in more than a decade, the community will gain multiple newly-remodeled spaces that will serve as offices, restaurants and public facilities.
Georgia Military College Opens in Dublin Skyscraper
The Georgia Military College Dublin Campus recently opened in downtown Dublin, with Gov. Nathan Deal attending the grand opening ceremony. The ceremony marked the opening of the restored 1913 First National Bank building that will house Dublin’s newest college campus.
How Parking Can Contribute to the Economic Success of Downtown
Parking is not what it used to be. We aren’t driving horse and buggies anymore but we do still park in a “stall” and building and managing that “stall” has become big business. Parking is a $30 billion industry and has undergone revolutionary changes over the years.
Projects Moving Forward in Regions with Transportation Sales Tax
As the first band of the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) comes to a close on December 31, 2015, the program is on-track to have all projects in Band 1 under construction by the new year in each of the three regions—River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).