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101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City
November 22, 2016   |  Curbed.com
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. Authors at Curbed.com know the power of a vegetable garden planted in a vacant lot or a library installed on a sidewalk. For Micro Week, Curbed.com shares 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places.


Three-Tiers in My Craft Beer
November 21, 2016
Georgia is one of the only two states in the nation that does not allow a craft brewery to sell its locally pro­duced beer to visitors of the brewery. And, if the legis­lation introduced by the Mississippi Brewers Guild is passed in 2017, Georgia will be the only state left with this outdated system. 


Which Came First–The Chicken or Economic Development? Which Came First–The Chicken or Economic Development?
November 16, 2016
On January 7, 2015, the city of Louisville received an offer it could have refused. An unnamed company considered creating new jobs in the area if—and it was a big “if”—the city could provide a 150,000-square-foot building with a combined water and sewer capacity of 1.6 million gallons per day. One more detail: the company wanted the facility to be operational by December 17, 2015.


Zika Overview by the Georgia Department of Public Health Zika Overview by the Georgia Department of Public Health
November 14, 2016   |  Georgia Department of Public Health
This information about the Zika virus was presented by Georgia Department of Public Health staff at the GMA District 10 and 11 Fall 2016 Meetings.


The City of Baconton Provides Inmates On-The-Job Experience The City of Baconton Provides Inmates On-The-Job Experience
November 8, 2016
Hang around GMA for a while, says Baconton Mayor Annette Morman, and you’re going to get a lot of good ideas. 


Georgia Cities Discover that ‘Food’ is the Answer Georgia Cities Discover that ‘Food’ is the Answer
October 31, 2016   |  Alice Rolls, Executive Director of Georgia Organics
A once vacant city-owned property that languished for decades in the city of Lovejoy is now a lush, city-operated 14 acre farm. In its first year, 2014-2015, the farm produced over 180,000 pounds of produce, which was given away to Lovejoy residents and sold on a sliding scale to outside residents and custom­ers.


Directors Share How Cities can Thrive Through Sustainability
October 17, 2016
Georgia’s Cities sat down with the city of Atlanta’s Director of Sus­tainability Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and the city of Savannah’s Sustainability Director Nick Deffley to learn more about their re­sponsibilities and how cities of all sizes can incorporate sustainabili­ty into their programing and practices.


Dunwoody Brings More Green to City Parks Dunwoody Brings More Green to City Parks
October 14, 2016
The city of Dunwoody successfully installed two publicly-accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within city limits. According to city offi­cials, this achievement represents a first step in the successful implementation of the city’s Sustainabili­ty Plan and has received extremely positive reviews from citizens and visitors alike.


New Report Finds that Fiscal Conditions of U.S. Cities are Strengthening, But Still Recovering from Great Recession
October 13, 2016   |  National League of Citieis
The National League of Cities (NLC) 31st annual City Fiscal Conditions report finds that after a slow recovery from the Great Recession, the fiscal conditions of U.S. cities are strengthening. Based on a nationwide survey of city finance officers, improved fiscal health in 2016 was driven by improvements in the value of the tax base and better-than-anticipated revenue growth.


Cities of the Future Trend Toward Urbanization
October 12, 2016   |  Robert Reed, Southface
Towns and cities today face challeng­es that are new, variable and driving innovation. Air and water quality, transit connectivity and competitive­ness in the new global economy are all compounded by increased global population and pressure on town infrastructure and services.


Fulfilling the Three Objectives of Fiscal Sustainability
October 11, 2016   |  Peggy Merriss - City Manager, Decatur
Economic sustainability provides residents, busi­ness owners, taxpayers and financial markets with confidence in a city’s vitality and financial position.


Clarkesville Leaders Build on a Successful RSVP Revitalization Program Clarkesville Leaders Build on a Successful RSVP Revitalization Program
October 10, 2016
Clarkesville leaders embraced the op­portunity to reshape their community after a devastating fire on March 5, 2014. One of city leaders’ first steps was to commission an economic revitalization plan through the Renais­sance Strategic Visioning and Planning (RSVP) program.


DOJ, EEOC Release Report on Advancing Diversity In Law Enforcement
October 7, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Department of Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released a comprehensive report that examines barriers and promising practices - in recruitment, hiring and retention - for advancing diversity in law enforcement.


Sustainability Projects in Atlanta Continue with Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Sustainability Projects in Atlanta Continue with Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency
October 5, 2016
On Sept. 21, Georgia leaders, Atlanta city officials and staff joined community members to travel 100 feet to the bottom of the former Bellwood Quarry for the ceremonial naming and acti­vation of the massive 400-foot, $11.6 million tunnel boring ma­chine (TBM).


Old Mills Come Back to Life as Tourist Attractions and Commerce Sites Old Mills Come Back to Life as Tourist Attractions and Commerce Sites
September 19, 2016   |  Gale Gay
In the 1900s textile mills were a vital part of the Georgia economy. Now, some of these former industrial spac­es—many of which have sat vacant for decades—are finding new lives as entertainment and trendy commerce spaces drawing new audiences in­cluding tourists.


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