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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.


October 9, 2015
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.


October 2, 2015
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.


September 30, 2015   |  National League of Cities
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.


September 24, 2015
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. 


September 14, 2015   |  Otis White, President, Civic Strategies Inc.
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.


September 10, 2015
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.


September 10, 2015
In May of 2015, six students, three each from Georgia State Univeristy and the Univeristy of Georgia, presented the results of their work as part of GMA's Local Government Practicum. A brief overview of each project and links to Powerpoint presentations and/or a final report are listed below.


September 3, 2015
SoHo Lofts is a renovation project that not only trans­formed a cornerstone building into three commer­cial spaces, but also introduced small scale lodging to historic downtown Milledgeville. 


September 3, 2015
On the last Saturday in October, runners of various skill levels gather to run the Boston. The Boston Mini Mara­thon that is. Boston, Georgia—a town of one-square-mile near Thomasville—hosts a junior version of the famed Boston, Mass., Marathon.


September 3, 2015
A new brewery scheduled to open near downtown Greensboro next spring promises to give the city a tourism boost.


September 3, 2015
In Atlanta and several Georgia cities bicycling tour­ism is thriving and having an economic impact.


August 5, 2015
The city of Pembroke is hoping it will soon have a new public playground. “We currently have no place for the kids to play,” said city Councilmember Tiffany Walraven. “We were forced to dismantle our old playground because of safety concerns.”


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