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November 1, 2017
In this recording, Katherine Moore, Sustainable Growth Program Director with the Georgia Conservancy, discusses why we should recognize school facilities as critical public infrastructure and how thoughtful planning of facility location and campus design is integral to overall community sustainability. She reviews current Georgia Department of Education school siting guidelines, state funding of school construction, EPA school siting guidelines, and the role of community values in school siting discussions.


October 31, 2017   |  Center for State & Local Government Excellence
This report reflects the latest public sector workforce trends as reported by human resources personnel within state and local government.


October 31, 2017   |  Governing Magazine
What Washington does is important, but we feel the impact of state and local government every day.


October 30, 2017   |  National League of Cities
The CCCN Municipal Action Guide provides guidance to municipal leaders on strategies to equitably connect children to nature and explores three key questions:
  1. Does my city offer enough places for children to connect with nature?
  2. What programs and partnerships can draw children and families to nature?
  3. How can my city integrate access to nature with other city functions?


October 26, 2017
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 three city economic develop­ment directors to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics, and what’s next for their cities.


October 25, 2017   |  Route Fifty
“Heart and Soul” is a civic engagement initiative spearheaded by the Orton Family Foundation that is specifically designed for smaller cities and towns.


October 18, 2017
A living wage calculator combines minimum household costs with approximate income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs.


October 17, 2017
It’s been 20 years since the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) started transform­ing the Atlanta-located Lindbergh MARTA Station into one of the country’s first transit-oriented develop­ment (TOD) projects—complete with housing, retail and rider amenities. Today, MARTA is taking this TOD project and four other stations to the next level of de­velopment. 


September 20, 2017   |  Next Century Cities
The Playbook includes learning from the three Benton Next Generation Engagement Award winning cities (awarded in 2016), as well as other best practices and city models. It is geared towards local government leaders and practitioners as they work to more effectively empower residents using broadband connectivity.


September 20, 2017   |  Pamela A. Keene

Over the past several years, pro­grams like the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown have supported, promoted and encouraged buying local. It’s making a positive im­pact across the state. 


September 20, 2017   |  Gale Horton Gay
Some Georgia communities view outdoor recreation as a nice little perk, but many oth­ers consider it a major quality-of-life issue re­sulting in a significant economic impact.


September 14, 2017
This year The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance launched a new tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia—www. BuyFromGA.com.


September 1, 2017
GMA held a workshop on the opioid crisis on August 24 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Researchers, community health advocates, law enforcement and community groups provided information on the crisis and its impact on Georgia. The focus of the workshop was on how city officials can address the issue.


August 31, 2017   |  National League of Cities
A comprehensive analysis of local economies by the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that 84 percent of cities report their local economies have improved since 2016. The new report reveals a dynamic economic landscape that has given rise to five distinct types of local economies: a highly rural cluster; a large central city cluster; and three types of mid-sized economies.


August 22, 2017   |  By Marty Collier, Housing Coordinator, The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia
This article explores three basic access features needed to better meet the needs of today’s popula­tion, including families with baby strollers, elders, people living with disabilities and some people re­cently released from rehab facilities after an acci­dent. 


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