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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. 


November 6, 2015

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. 


October 9, 2015   |  Becky Smyth, Parking Services Manager, City of Rome
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. 


October 9, 2015
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).


October 9, 2015
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.


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