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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.”


August 5, 2015

Pickleball and disc golf appear to be taking many Georgia cities by storm, attracting young and mature adults to city parks and recreational facilities—without large government invest­ments.


July 30, 2015
In this video, Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon provides an overview of Woodstock's Newly Elected Officials Orientation process. 


July 28, 2015
This listing of state mandated reports and survey is provided for general informational purpose only and should not be considered as legal advice.


July 27, 2015   |  U.S. EPA
Over time, all communities experience changes that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies. Economically resilient towns, cities, and regions adapt to changing conditions and even reinvent their economic bases if necessary.


June 28, 2015
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) released a new industry impact report – “Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts.” This report contains a series of case studies and project studies that illuminate the positive impact of the arts as an economic development tool in Georgia’s communities.  


June 15, 2015
This GMA  hosted webinar features staff from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sharing information on programs and funding opportunities offered through its Rural Development division. 


June 9, 2015   |  Karen Smith, Executive Director, Main Street & Tourism, City of Thomasville
​In March of 2014, Thomasville residents and com­munity leaders came together to craft a vision for a new Creative District in an area of downtown for­merly known as “The Bottom.” All stakeholders be­lieved that this Creative District should embrace the geographic context of the land, and, at the same time, express Thomasville’s rich cultural heritage.


June 5, 2015
In 2014, ArtPlace awarded the College Hill Alliance $125,000 to support its effort to host Central Geor­gia’s first maker festival. The event aims to position Macon regionally as a leader in creative placemaking and innovation.


June 5, 2015
In several cities throughout Georgia, officials are supporting art projects that recognize local individuals who have made stellar achievements in sports, military service, business and more. Other communities are using visual art projects to enhance and beautify their communities as well as increase visitors to specific areas.


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