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October 6, 2014
A modern twist on treasure hunting has captured the interest of more and more people. And now many Georgia cities and other destinations are jumping on the bandwagon as well, recognizing that it’s a good way to stimulate tourism.


October 6, 2014
According to Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism for GDEcD, Georgia is the 8th most visited state in the nation and cities are the driving force behind Georgia’s tourism industry.


September 16, 2014   |  IBM Center for The Business of Government
Participatory budgeting, an innovation in direct citizen participation in government decision-making, began 25 years ago in a town in Brazil. It has since been adopted by 1,000 other cities worldwide and by some U.S. cities as well.


September 5, 2014
In 2010, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop opened its doors in the heart of downtown Thomasville.


September 5, 2014
Several Georgia cities got a piece of the $5.1 billion economic impact generated from the 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia during Fiscal Year 2014. The productions spent at total of $1.4 billion during FY 2014, which ended in June.


September 5, 2014
Craft beer is showing up in Georgia cities big and small. Craft beer — considered the equivalent to a farm-to-table restaurant — is locally brewed beer using superior, often local ingredients serving a small region and produced in small batches.


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.


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