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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.


November 16, 2016
On January 7, 2015, the city of Louisville received an offer it could have refused. An unnamed company considered creating new jobs in the area if—and it was a big “if”—the city could provide a 150,000-square-foot building with a combined water and sewer capacity of 1.6 million gallons per day. One more detail: the company wanted the facility to be operational by December 17, 2015.


October 17, 2016
Georgia’s Cities sat down with the city of Atlanta’s Director of Sus­tainability Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and the city of Savannah’s Sustainability Director Nick Deffley to learn more about their re­sponsibilities and how cities of all sizes can incorporate sustainabili­ty into their programing and practices.


October 14, 2016
The city of Dunwoody successfully installed two publicly-accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within city limits. According to city offi­cials, this achievement represents a first step in the successful implementation of the city’s Sustainabili­ty Plan and has received extremely positive reviews from citizens and visitors alike.


October 13, 2016   |  National League of Citieis
The National League of Cities (NLC) 31st annual City Fiscal Conditions report finds that after a slow recovery from the Great Recession, the fiscal conditions of U.S. cities are strengthening. Based on a nationwide survey of city finance officers, improved fiscal health in 2016 was driven by improvements in the value of the tax base and better-than-anticipated revenue growth.


October 12, 2016   |  Robert Reed, Southface
Towns and cities today face challeng­es that are new, variable and driving innovation. Air and water quality, transit connectivity and competitive­ness in the new global economy are all compounded by increased global population and pressure on town infrastructure and services.


October 11, 2016   |  Peggy Merriss - City Manager, Decatur
Economic sustainability provides residents, busi­ness owners, taxpayers and financial markets with confidence in a city’s vitality and financial position.


October 7, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Department of Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released a comprehensive report that examines barriers and promising practices - in recruitment, hiring and retention - for advancing diversity in law enforcement.


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