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April 9, 2013   |  National League of Cities
A national survey of city officials shows that despite improvement in many economic health indicators, cities around the country report their economies have not yet rebounded due in large part to slow income and job growth.


March 20, 2013   |  peopleplacepurpose.com
Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter has been advocating for Internet tax fairness on behalf of Rome, other Georgia cities and GMA for a number of years. In this Q&A, he talks about Internet tax fairness and how Georgia city officials can help get the federal Marketplace Fairness Act passed.


March 7, 2013
A month after a deadly tornado hit downtown Adairsville, the city is steadily recovering, thanks to the efforts of many organizations.


March 6, 2013
Downtown Donalsonville will soon be blooming, thanks to a community effort to bring trees, people and businesses to the downtown area.


January 3, 2013
The city councils of Milton and Alpharetta approved historic agreements late last year establishing a regionalized parks system for both cities and dissolving all non-resident fees at current and future city facilities.


July 1, 2012   |  Center for Neighborhood Technology
The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and its collaborative partners, the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD), is an innovative tool that measures the true affordability of housing.


May 30, 2012   |  National Endowment for the Arts
Creative Placemaking is a resource for city officials, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector, and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities, and towns.


May 30, 2012
Georgia cities that have a prosecuting attorney's office for their municipal court are required to submit copies of the resolution or ordinance creating the office to the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia.


May 4, 2012   |  International City/County Management Association
This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities.


April 27, 2012
On February 8, 2012, Superior Court Judge David Barrett entered a 52-page final consent order in the service delivery litigation between Gwinnett County and the cities.


January 26, 2011
During 2010, GMA and the Georgia Cities Foundation engaged the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to conduct a comprehensive study of downtowns in Georgia.


May 1, 2010
The budget process can often prove to be an arduous task, especially during difficult economic times. While there is a limited amount of money that cities use within the state budget, a large majority of the funds that are used by cities is received at the local level.


April 6, 2010
Downtown development authorities are used in cities throughout the state as a mechanism to revitalize and redevelop municipal central business districts. City officials should understand how DDAs are created, what DDAs are empowered to do and the roles and responsibilities of DDA members.


August 11, 2005
Becoming an incorporated entity has numerous advantages but also carries various responsibilities.


December 21, 2001   |  Ed Sumner, former General Counsel, Georgia Municipal Association
One of the frequent questions posed to GMA by city attorneys, city officials and, occasionally, news media representatives, relates to the legality and method of increasing the salaries of elected officials.


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