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Open Data Privacy Playbook Open Data Privacy Playbook
March 1, 2017   |  Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive or identifiable information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is available to the public. While releasing data has many important benefits, sharing data comes with inherent risks to individual privacy: released data can reveal information about individuals that would otherwise not be public knowledge.


As Trump Eyes Infrastructure, State and Local Leaders Defend Tax-Exempt ‘Muni Bonds’ As Trump Eyes Infrastructure, State and Local Leaders Defend Tax-Exempt ‘Muni Bonds’
February 28, 2017   |  Elaine S. Povich for The Pew Charitable Trusts
In 2016, there were $423.8 billion in new municipal bond sales, which include bonds issued by state authorities, water and sewer districts, local authorities, municipalities, counties, and colleges and universities.


The Global Grub Collective Inspires Entrepreneurship and Economic Development The Global Grub Collective Inspires Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
February 24, 2017   |  Billy Parish
A little over a year ago Q Trinh had an idea. What if she created a space where street food could thrive, just without the street, and the inclement weather, and the health code violations?


What Cities Need to Know About Fiber Connectivity What Cities Need to Know About Fiber Connectivity
February 22, 2017   |  Virtual Citadel
In this webinar, Virtual Citadel explains what fiber is, where to find it, and what it can do for cities. 


GMA Model ROW Agreement Webinar
February 16, 2017
Many cities have worked with telecommunications companies seeking to place equipment on water tank towers and cell towers on public rights of way. As these companies increasingly compete for better wireless coverage, they have begun to rely more on specialty companies that approach cities about placing “small cells” in the public right of way.


Behind Door Number Three: But We Were Just Looking!
February 14, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
This is the story of what happens when people enter homes that are not theirs, without per­mission. For Sale signs out front of empty(ish) homes notwithstanding.


Pine Lake Council Takes Action Following Kids’ Town Hall Pine Lake Council Takes Action Following Kids’ Town Hall
February 10, 2017
In Pine Lake, even 7-year-olds have a say in how city government works.


Win-Win with Bicycle Programs Across Georgia
February 10, 2017   |  Pamela A. Keene
On a trip through Smyrna, one might find a jovial group of residents riding identical bicycles and enjoying the city’s new bike share program. Programs similar to Smyrna’s, which use Zagster bikes and other bike-share services, have been popping up across the state.


Downtown Discount Program Showcases Partnership Downtown Discount Program Showcases Partnership
February 10, 2017
Residents in West Georgia are now able to “shop, save and support,” in area-downtowns much easier thanks to the West Georgia Regional Membership Program.


Shared Mobility: Evolution of Ridematching Services in the U.S.
February 10, 2017   |  Susan Shaheen, Ph.D. and Adam Cohen, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
In recent years, economic, environ­mental and social forces have quickly given rise to the “sharing economy,” a collective of entrepreneurs and consumers leveraging technology to share resources, save money and generate capital.


How to Do Creative Placemaking How to Do Creative Placemaking
February 8, 2017   |  National Endowment for the Arts
How to Do Creative Placemaking is intended as a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool—along with housing, transportation, public health, and other sectors—to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way.


Georgians See Results of Transportation Investment Act Georgians See Results of Transportation Investment Act
February 8, 2017
 It’s been just four years since the Transpor­tation Investment Act (TIA) was passed in three Georgia regions: River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), and residents are already seeing their investment make significant transportation improvements. 


A Lynching, a Police Chief and an Apology A Lynching, a Police Chief and an Apology
February 8, 2017
On January 26, 2017, LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar apologized to the community for the police department’s role in the 1940 lynching of Austin Callaway, who was abducted from a jail by a group of masked white men, was shot and left to die.


East Point Uses Crowd Funding for Streetscape Improvement
January 31, 2017
The city of East Point is embarking on an aggressive plan to improve the built environment, transportation options and quality of life for its residents and visitors by moving forward with a variety of projects. 


Centerville Holds First ‘Picnic in the Park’ During a Hometown Connection Centerville Holds First ‘Picnic in the Park’ During a Hometown Connection
January 31, 2017
City officials statewide have taken advantage of Hometown Connec­tions as a way to engage with their legislators. The city of Centerville used their Hometown Connection to connect and also showcase the Town Master Plan for its Town Center and Center Park, which will be integrated into a cohesive downtown. 


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