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Officials across Georgia Work to Minimize Blight Officials across Georgia Work to Minimize Blight
January 30, 2017
A number of Georgia cities, including Jackson, Newnan and Macon-Bibb County, have successfully started to reduce blight within their cities.


It’s Your Deal: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities When Issuing Municipal Bonds
January 24, 2017   |  Lynnette Kelly, Executive Director, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
Financing a public project with municipal bonds is a team effort in which many professionals work together to achieve the goals of the municipality. But as government officials considering issuing municipal bonds in 2017, keep in mind that it’s your deal.


Young Artists Bring Life to City Art in Winterville Young Artists Bring Life to City Art in Winterville
January 23, 2017
“What we do for our kids is going to change the world,” said Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle during the Dec. 2, 2016 unveiling of the city’s new mural. What was once an old auto repair shop is now the site of the new city mural located in the city square—the unique part: the drawings on the mural were inspired by original sketches from 60 third, fourth and fifth grade students from Winterville Elementary School.


Must Read: Zoning Decisions May be in Danger
January 23, 2017   |  Phil Friduss
I guess you can blame yours truly if things go south in the Hoechstetter (Hock-stetter) case—one pertaining to a long-standing, statewide custom dealing with public notice in zoning matters. We’re going to want to stay on this as it works its way through the courts. Here’s what we have.


Metro Atlanta Mayors Prepare for the Future of Smart Cities
January 13, 2017
In November 2016 more than 40 mayors gathered at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta for a lunch program hosted by GMA and the Metro Atlan­ta Mayors Association. Here attendees learned from and engaged with smart city experts during a panel discussion. 


Climate Smart Brownfields Manual Climate Smart Brownfields Manual
January 9, 2017   |  U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Brownfield revitalization can support community efforts to become more resilient to climate change impacts by incorporating adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process. This manual, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will help communities think about climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in the context of brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.


Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn’t even notice
January 3, 2017   |  Quartz
Imagine having to take out the trash only twice a month, or knowing what parking spots are available before arriving at your destination and swiftly paying for them via your mobile phone.


HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool
December 8, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) – an innovative reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?”


Students Learn Lessons in Mock Trial Program Students Learn Lessons in Mock Trial Program
December 7, 2016
Since 2006, the city of Valdosta has hosted mock trials at the Valdosta Municipal Court for area youth. It is also one of the many educational pro­grams the city offers to inform and educate stu­dents on local government. 


Invest Georgia Exemptions Give Businesses an Extra Boost Invest Georgia Exemptions Give Businesses an Extra Boost
December 5, 2016
There is a little-known and underutilized tool avail­able in Georgia designed to help new businesses and new projects raise capital. This tool is called the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE).


Dahlonega Improves Its Municipal Courts and Builds Community Trust Dahlonega Improves Its Municipal Courts and Builds Community Trust
December 2, 2016

The city of Dahlonega’s municipal court, which has been credited for making multiple improvements, enlisted a num­ber of changes to ensure a fair and orderly court procedure including seamless integration with the district attorney’s of­fice, implementing a consistent recordkeeping process and contracting with the public defender’s office.


GMA Conducts Survey of Municipal Courts
November 28, 2016
As part of its Municipal Court initiative, GMA conducted two surveys concerning municipal courts: the Municipal Court Survey for City Clerks and the Municipal Court Survey for Municipal Court Judges. 


Newnan Police Improve Their Community Outreach Programs Newnan Police Improve Their Community Outreach Programs
November 28, 2016
In 2015, the Newnan Police Depart­ment hired its first community re­source officer. Since taking the posi­tion, Officer Edward Lee has initiated three programs to reach the youth of the community.


RAD Classes Are a Success in Decatur
November 23, 2016
Decatur hosted its first Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems of Self Defense Basic Physical De­fense for Women Course in February, 2014 with 10 students. In less than three years, the program has grown with 200 women having completed the course and 130 on the waiting list to take it. Many participants are mothers and their teen daughters.


Fair Labor Standards Act Basics with New DOL Overtime Rules Fair Labor Standards Act Basics with New DOL Overtime Rules
November 23, 2016
UPDATED: The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy.


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