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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new brewery scheduled to open near downtown Greensboro next spring promises to give the city a tourism boost.
In Atlanta and several Georgia cities bicycling tourism is thriving and having an economic impact.
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.”