Over the years, I’ve talked with scores of civic leaders who’ve created successful civic projects, many of which involved significant changes by their cities. They all did two things you can easily imagine: They found ideas or solutions that worked (these were the projects they championed) and built a set of relationships that created political and public support.
On August 8, 2016, the Georgia Municipal Association in Cooperation with the Georgia Department of Revenue produced a live webinar entitled “Setting the Millage Rate.” The presenter for this webinar was Ellen Mills, Director of the Local Government Services Division at the Georgia Department of Revenue.
City police departments in Georgia are ramping up their community outreach as they strive to discern valid from unfair or untrue criticism while supporting and recruiting officers who uphold the oath to protect and serve.
Efforts to bring politicians, police, activists and community members to discuss racial tensions can be a great first step toward real progress on racial equity in cities. Such progress is possible when the dialogues are sustained over time and a wide range of stakeholders are included to create opportunities for healing.
Community improvement districts (CIDs) are an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia, with 25 active CIDs currently. CIDs have influenced the development of the metroAtlanta region significantly and have since expanded to other parts of the state.
As the costs of physical inactivity become increasingly evident, and as planners, public health professionals, and others working in the field of active transportation strive to promote walking and biking, the necessity of retrofitting and updating street facilities and sidewalk features is apparent.
Due to the passage of House Bill 960 during the 2016 legislative session, calculation of penalties on property taxes and interest on most categories of taxes will change beginning July 1, 2016.
GMA offered regional workshops in May and June 2016 to provide municipal officials with information about budgeting and revenue forecasting.
The Georgia Department of Revenue requested GMA to provide the following information about the issuance of special event permits for the sale of alcohol.
The city of Decatur, a designated Bronze-Level Bike Friendly Community by Georgia Bikes, celebrated National Bike Month with a variety of activities during the entire month of May.
Scrap tire piles have presented local governments with management challenges for decades, but now that old problem could be breeding a new health threat.
When Tom Berry and wife Debra Underwood roll into town in their RV, often times it’s not for a leisure vacation but because Berry is there to settle in and get a city back on track as an interim city manager.
A strong relationship between city officials and the county emergency management agency ensures when disaster strikes, there will be coordinated support from dozens of agencies and organizations.
Spectators from across Georgia and the Southeast brought cheers, chants and pride for their favorite countries and athletes to the city of Gainesville for the Pan-American Championships held May 19-22. These games kicked off Gainesville’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games as teams competed for an allotted number of slots from the Americas to send to Brazil in August.
A devoted effort to revive the heart of a northwest Georgia manufacturing community took shape this spring through an innovative economic development collaboration with the University Of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute Of Government, Chattanooga’s Lyndhurst Foundation and GMA.