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October 26, 2018
As economic development continues to evolve, development professionals statewide are charged to find innova­tive ways to keep their communities thriving. Georgia’s Cities sat down with two city economic develop­ment directors: Shirlynn Brownell of Brookhaven and Brian Wismer of Fayetteville to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics and what’s next for their cities.


October 26, 2018
In September and October of 2018, ACCG and GMA co-hosted a regional workshop series to inform local officials about telecommunications issues in Georgia, including the technology and equipment needed to provide wireless and fiber broadband service to Georgia’s urban and metro areas, current telecom law, franchise and right-of-way agreements, and federal and state legislation. This article contains video and slide decks from one of these workshops.


October 24, 2018   |  National League of Cities
This National League of Cities action guide is meant to give cities the ability to better understand and approach the impending rollout of autonomous vehicles in their cities.


October 16, 2018   |  National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
To help municipalities improve their data policies and practices, this guide assembles lessons from the experiences of partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership network and similar organizations. The guide presents advice and annotated resources for a comprehensive data governance program.


October 16, 2018
GMA provides International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Lite memberships to Georgia cities with population less than 2,500 at no cost to those cities. The IMLA Lite membership provides registration benefits and well as other education and infomation sharing opportunities.


October 14, 2018
Cities statewide are uncovering innovative ways to not only transform underutilized areas of their downtowns, but also transform historic buildings to drive business and create a sense of “place.”


October 10, 2018   |  Urban Institute
To better understand how creative placemaking can enhance community safety, the Urban Institute studied several creative placemaking efforts, examining their design, implementation, challenges, and successes.


October 4, 2018   |  The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

Human resources departments for some state and local governments are trying to improve how to attract and retain employees according to new research by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and Kronos, a firm specializing in workforce-related services.


October 2, 2018
A visit to a yard sale inspired an East Point Firefighter to undertake a charitable effort that now impacts the lives of many in his home country of Belize. Krishna Craig is a three-and-a-half-year veteran with the city of East Point Fire Department. Recently, he completed his second humanitarian trip to his beloved country where he’s delivered more than 800 pounds of shoes and clothing to persons in need.


October 1, 2018   |  H2Opportunity
H2Opportunity in an outreach program created by members of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) to provide students in the state of Georgia with a renewed understanding of water issues within our state and highlight the benefits of a job in the water industry.


September 27, 2018   |  National League of Cities
On Wednesday, September 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a declaratory ruling and report and order that would enact harsh new preemptions of local authority over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way. The order is expected to go into effect 30 days after publication of the final version in the Federal Register.


September 26, 2018   |  National League of Cities
A new National League of Cities (NLC) report analyzes how city leaders can develop resilient local waste management systems in response to China’s stringent new regulations. The report marks the beginning of a larger effort to examine sustainability in solid waste management and highlights effective local responses.


September 20, 2018   |  National League of Cities

A new report by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC), Mayoral Views on Racism and Discrimination, explores how mayors of medium-sized and large cities understand race, discrimination and equity in their communities and on a national level.


September 20, 2018   |  National League of Cities
The 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey indicates that slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities. However, the level of optimism is still far below recent years.


September 17, 2018
Social media success for the Dalton PD began well before 2018. When the department first started its Twitter account in February of 2009, national media, including CNN, covered the page’s launch because the concept of law enforcement agencies utilizing social media was so novel at the time.


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