Chalking Up a Positive Budgeting Experience
The budgeting process can be challenging, especially when a municipality has spent its reserves during the Great Recession and has lost revenue from a major employer. But, the city of Hapeville—just south of Atlanta—has found the key for developing and implementing its annual budget as a living, breathing plan that’s responsive to citizen- and staff-based input.
Finding Value in Local Relevance
Oftentimes municipalities struggle to identify their own uniqueness and settle on the generic amenities and attributes that can be found in the conventional “cool” cities. As Harvard business professor Michael Porter puts it, “Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique matrix of value.”
Georgia General Assembly Addresses Police Issues
Use of force by police, specifically, use of force against minorities, dominated the public’s view of law enforcement the past two years until the recent Dallas and Baton Rouge massacres. Through HB 941 the General Assembly took aim at the criminal side of police force.
New Law Affects Police Video Storage and Retention
Effective July 1 HB 976 impacts how cities must retain video recordings. Specifically, Section 2(b) of the law states that: video recordings from law enforcement body-worn devices or devices located on or inside of law enforcement vehicles shall be retained for 180 days from the date of such recording.
Macon-Bibb County Uses Technology to Engage Residents
Macon Bibb County has taken citizen engagement digital while revolutionizing the way it responds to complaints about potholes, graffiti, overgrown grass and other quality of life issues with the SeeClickFix application.
Social Media Improves Citizen Engagement in Hinesville
The cultural impact of social media is tremendous. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have revolutionized the way that people interact, communicate and receive and disseminate information.
Fort Valley's Front Porch Roll Call
According to Robert S. Stering's 2004 Police Officer's Handbook, a roll call is a briefing "where supervisors take attendance, inspect uniform and equipment, inform the oncoming shift of any outstanding incidents that may have occurred, inform officers of suspects to be looking out for, relate any law or procedural changes, and so on." While roll calls are a very common occurance in police departments around the state, the city of Fort Valley is taking the roll call to the community.
How to Build an Army of Supporters
Over the years, I’ve talked with scores of civic leaders who’ve created successful civic projects, many of which involved significant changes by their cities. They all did two things you can easily imagine: They found ideas or solutions that worked (these were the projects they championed) and built a set of relationships that created political and public support.
Setting the Millage Rate Webinar
On August 8, 2016, the Georgia Municipal Association in Cooperation with the Georgia Department of Revenue produced a live webinar entitled “Setting the Millage Rate.” The presenter for this webinar was Ellen Mills, Director of the Local Government Services Division at the Georgia Department of Revenue.
How Cities Can Advance Racial Equity Through Community Conversations
Efforts to bring politicians, police, activists and community members to discuss racial tensions can be a great first step toward real progress on racial equity in cities. Such progress is possible when the dialogues are sustained over time and a wide range of stakeholders are included to create opportunities for healing.
NLC's State of the Cities 2016
As the economy rebounds and fiscal health stabilizes, mayors across the country are using their State of the City speeches to tout the progress their communities have made through hard work, innovation and collaboration.
Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts (CIDs)
Community improvement districts (CIDs) are an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth in Georgia, with 25 active CIDs currently. CIDs have influenced the development of the metroAtlanta region significantly and have since expanded to other parts of the state.
The Benefits of Street-Scale Features for Walking and Biking
As the costs of physical inactivity become increasingly evident, and as planners, public health professionals, and others working in the field of active transportation strive to promote walking and biking, the necessity of retrofitting and updating street facilities and sidewalk features is apparent.