Young Artists Bring Life to City Art in Winterville
“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
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
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
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.
HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool
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
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.
Dahlonega Improves Its Municipal Courts and Builds Community Trust
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
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.
RAD Classes Are a Success in Decatur
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.