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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. 

 

August 21, 2017
During the summer of 2017, GMA staff, in cooperation with representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA), interviewed city and university officials in an effort to showcase small- to medium-sized cities that have been successful in funding city projects through federal grant or loan programs.

 

August 9, 2017   |  Gale Hornton-Gay
Cities across the country are creating amenities to serve the rapidly growing population of persons 65 and older.

 

July 10, 2017   |  The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking
This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.

 

June 29, 2017
The recommendations in this report cover recruitment, retention, training, and succession planning as the basic stages of developing a productive workforce in Georgia’s cities and are grouped into three clusters of activities: marketing, training, and developing a toolbox.

 

June 19, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
Just when you think you heard it all, something new just crash lands into my inbox; a case about a K-9 named Draco.  A case in which Draco, among some humans and a county, get sued.  Oh, yes he did…
 

 

June 13, 2017
With new growth come new challenges, opportunities and above all—change. For examples of this process, look no further than Harlem’s library. Having outgrown a 145-year-old historic home of 1,500 square feet, the library’s 18,000 titles and eight computers are no longer adequate for the needs of the community.

 

June 13, 2017
Over the past 10 years, Sugar Hill city officials have built on their downtown vision with great help from community input and participation. This input has served as the backbone of the city’s first downtown master plan. Sugar Hill city leaders have also made key downtown investments to help implement this vision. 

 

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