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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.


December 17, 2015
GMA offered regional workshops in December 2015 to provide municipal officials with information about local revenues that are administered by the Department of Revenue. 


November 9, 2015
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.


November 9, 2015
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.


November 9, 2015
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.


November 6, 2015
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. 


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