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April 11, 2016
Ball Ground city officials recently adopted a new slo­gan: “We Roll Out the Red Carpet—Not the Red Tape,” which symbolizes their philosophy on dealing with the Ball Ground business community and the way they took action to restore a declining downtown.

 

April 11, 2016
Natural disasters are a com­mon occurrence throughout the state. Tornadoes, hurri­canes, severe storms, floods and wildfires wreak havoc on communities. Some cities are learning that preparation is key to dealing with the forces of nature. This prepara­tion combined with resolve, strong leadership and a uni­fied community are credited with helping communities bounce back from devasta­tion.

 

April 8, 2016
Formed out of a collaborative meet-and-greet of may­ors during GMA’s 2013 annual Mayor’s Day Confer­ence, the GMA Hub Cities Initiative is described by GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton as an effort used to “harness and leverage the state’s full econom­ic potential.”

 

March 14, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the release of a series of guidebooks by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services that promote building trust between police agencies and the communities they serve. The new COPS Office publications highlight the importance of building trust.

 

March 9, 2016
​The city of Cedartown is making notable advancements in its effort to clean up neighborhoods marred by blight, property that is structurally unsafe or displays unsanitary conditions. The city demolished two structures at the end of 2015 and is starting 2016 off with affordable housing projects.

 

March 9, 2016
​The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program recently recognized eight cities with awards for their efforts to increase affordable housing and to revitalize their communities. Located on opposite corners of the west side of the state, the cities of Thomasville and Rome were two of the honorees. But their awards were just a glimpse into what it truly takes to be a successful GICH community.

 

March 9, 2016
During the week of June 26, youth will gather for Valdosta’s 10th annual Southern Hospitality Work Camp. This camp is a part of Group Mission Trips, a Loveland, Colorado-based organization. The campers will perform minor repairs including painting, skirting, and constructing handrails, porches and decks for approximately 20 elderly or disabled homeowners within Valdosta’s Designated Revitalization Area (DRA) at no cost to homeowners.

 

February 9, 2016
​As more and more police departments turn to technology—particularly cameras—to document encounters with the public, more questions than answers are arising in how to set policy around the new technology.

 

February 9, 2016
​Donalsonville, known as a quiet, friendly, rural southern city with an agriculture economy and great fishing at Lake Seminole, is building its way to the top of connected cities in the U.S.

 

February 9, 2016
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.

 

January 25, 2016   |  Smart Growth America
(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.

 

January 21, 2016
Blaine Williams, Athens-Clarke County Manager, provided an overview of the unified government's policy making process including a sample agenda report. 

 

January 14, 2016   |  National League of Cities
Many city leaders are concerned about health disparities in their communities. They are eager to understand not only the underlying causes, but also how to lead and drive change to reduce these disparities.

 

January 8, 2016
​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.

 

January 8, 2016
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.

 

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