GMA offered regional workshops in December 2015 to provide municipal officials with information about local revenues that are administered by the Department of Revenue.
When Monroe attorney Paul Rosenthal heard the turn-of-the-century cotton mill in the city, which shuttered in 2006, would be purchased and demolished for materials, he jumped into action and purchased the 250,000 square foot, 10-plus-acre property in 2008.
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.
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.
Cornelia Main Street recently unveiled the first series of heritage signs in its downtown, allowing visitors to learn some area history without maps or guidebooks.
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.
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.
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).
When it comes to federal transportation funding, city officials have a lot to be concerned about. Congress has yet to adopt a long-term transportation plan and under current U.S. Department of Transportation projections, the Highway Trust Fund is expected to remain solvent only through the third quarter of FY2016. Additionally, revenue from the federal gas tax is declining as gas mileage has improved and people drive less.
Transportation funding challenges in Georgia and other states have been building for a number of years, partly because the 18.4-cents-a gallon federal gas tax is not indexed to inflation and hasn’t been raised in more than 20 years.
Several cities in Georgia are using general funds and special purpose sales taxes (SPLOST) to help pave roads, add new road capacity, install sidewalks and improve intersections—all in the name of moving people by car, bike or foot and stir economic development.
A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation.
Statesboro's Right Start program is a development tool used in aiding potential businesses and developers to make their enterprises and ideas successful. In this video presentation, Statesboro Planning and Development Director Mandi Cody provides an overview of the program.
Civic projects are complex undertakings operating in difficult environments. They require a set of talents and skills that must be assembled. Every community has these people. What they don't have is a template for putting these efforts together.
GMA recently completed a series of five workshops around the state featuring representatives from state and federal agencies sharing information about resources available to cities in Georgia.