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March 10, 2014
Named after the former African-American vocational school, the Fairmont community in the city of Griffin is classified as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food deserts are areas in which “at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.”

 

March 10, 2014
Cities across Georgia are leading employees and residents on a journey towards good health. The cities of Douglas, Decatur and McDonough are all examples of how cities can help their employees and their resi¬dents lead of life where wellness is a priority.

 

March 10, 2014   |  Katherine Moore, AICP, Georgia Conservancy Sustainable Growth Program Manager
A community’s health is not only measured in the bodily health of its residents, but also in its ability to both weather and adapt to change. The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program is helping communities consider both of these factors through the lens of school location.

 

March 6, 2014
The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.

 

February 11, 2014
Dr. James Johnson, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussed disruptive economics during GMA's 2014 Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta, noting that the country and Georgia are becoming more diverse and older.

 

February 7, 2014   |  Josephine Kelly, Vice President, Georgia Downtown Association.
It has been a long standing tradition within the Georgia Main Street program to develop a strong network between practitioners and experts to build best practices in Georgia’s downtowns.

 

February 7, 2014
In January, GeorgiaForward kicked off its second annual Young Gamechangers program in Dublin convening 34 of the state’s most promising young leaders, with the goal of helping the community “re-vision’” itself as a vibrant 21st century community.

 

January 13, 2014
According to state civil engineers, Georgia’s infrastructure has failed to improve over the last five years.

 

January 7, 2014   |  Jerri Goodman, Metter Advertiser
A group of more than 15 representatives from the Governors Association of Korea visited Metter in October as part of a statewide tour led by Russell Brooks, associate director of the international center of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

 

December 6, 2013
GMA conducted a one hour webinar on December 5, 2013 to highlight recent changes to Georgia’s immigration laws and to review reporting requirements for SAVE and E-Verify.

 

November 27, 2013
This video on budget preparation, presented by Pam Helton, Director of Consulting Services at the Georgia Municipal Association, is designed to provide an overview of the budgeting process for small cities.

 

November 22, 2013   |  U.S. EPA
Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.

 

October 31, 2013
This webinar on code enforcement, presented by Sammy Rich, Assistant City Manager with the City of Rome, is designed to increase your knowledge of code enforcement.

 

October 30, 2013
Preclearance of voting issues, including municipal districts, precinct locations and annexation approval, is no longer required because of a decision from the United States Supreme Court earlier this summer.

 

October 8, 2013
What was once an abandoned freight rail line is now a vibrant concrete multi-use path and linear green space that is called the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. It allows walkers, joggers and bicyclists to travel to popular At­lanta destinations like Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

 

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