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September 5, 2014
South Georgia has long been known as fertile ground for crops such as to¬bacco, corn, cotton, peanuts and soy beans. But there’s a new crop in town that’s not typically associated with Georgia, or the United States for that matter: olive trees.


August 15, 2014   |  U.S. Conference of Mayors
Jobs gained during the economic recovery from the Great Recession pay an average 23% less than the jobs lost during the recession according to a new report by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).


August 6, 2014
University of Georgia landscape architecture student Erik Lauritsen brought his knowledge home by helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood in his hometown of Conyers through an innovative practicum course initiated by a GMA partnership.


August 4, 2014
On January 1, the cities of Helena and McRae will cease to exist and will instead become one city, the city of McRae-Helena. The combined population of the two cities will be approximately 8,600.


August 4, 2014
On a warm and sunny spring day, Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie surveys some of the nearly six acres the city has recently acquired. He is excited about the future of the property, located off South Main Street.


August 4, 2014
The future looks bright for the city of Dalton and its youngest residents thanks to several community stakeholders collaborating on one issue.


July 17, 2014
The following recordings are the first in a series of webinars for Georgia cities that use QuickBooks Pro® 2013 for governmental accounting purposes.


June 18, 2014
During this recorded live webinar, presenters provided an overview of land bank authorities (LBA), including changes enacted to the Land Bank Act of 2012 and how to determine the need for a LBA. Also discussed is how to establish or restart a LBA, as well as funding considerations. Special considerations for small and/or rural communities were also addressed.


June 11, 2014
GMA has prepared three tutorials highlighting Georgia’s laws on weapons and firearms. Part 1 covers existing law, changes to such existing law, and background information. Part 2 covers government buildings, and Part 3 covers courthouses, schools, polling places, public housing, commercial service airports, and the discharge of firearms. Additionally, GMA has prepared a PowerPoint presentation of the tutorials and a quick summary of the new laws.


June 8, 2014
Union City, in partnership with GMA, recently hosted its 2014 Hometown Connection event. The program culminated into a meeting with county, state, and federal officials for the purpose of sharing critical information regarding initiatives designed to move the city forward.


June 8, 2014
On a recent spring day, students from Stewart Middle School in Douglasville were the first to use 100 new Nexus 7 tablets as part of the opening of a new com­puter lab at the Jesse Davis Park community center in Douglasville.


June 8, 2014
When the city of Statesboro partnered with Georgia Southern University (GSU) to open a campus downtown, the idea was to boost economic development, give a stronger presence to the university and to bring more jobs to the area, explained Allen Muldrew, Statesboro’s downtown director. That was nearly three years ago. Today the partnership has blossomed into a full-fledged business incubator that will soon occupy two buildings downtown featuring office space and a fabrication laboratory equipped with cutting edge technology and tools.


May 28, 2014
A new report on city small business development efforts was recently released by the National League of Cities (NLC), calling on local governments to make small business development a priority and create “ecosystems” that support small business growth.


May 9, 2014
After the February ice storms hit north Georgia, Rome Arborist Terry Paige knew there would be damage to some of the city’s trees, as extreme weather is often harmful to trees in urban environments. However, the regular attention Paige and his staff pay to the city’s trees helped to lessen the blow.


May 9, 2014   |  Gloria Hardegree
The Georgia Recycling Coalition launched a Made in Georgia...from recycled materials campaign last August during its 22nd annual conference.


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