Opportunity Zones is a new community development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to spur long-term private investment in low-income communities nationwide. The program offers a federal tax incentive for reinvesting capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.”
Metropolitan areas are crucial drivers of growth in the American economy, taking different paths to prosperity depending on their industry mix, policy choices, and available resources. The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities (BPC) index provides an objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas.
A new report by Greg Kats and Keith Glassbrook of Capital-E in partnership with NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute examines the community-scale benefits of buildings deploying green design features — and makes a convincing case that local governments stand to gain billions through improved water management, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness, public health and even disaster mitigation.
There are several firms actively soliciting cities in Georgia to hire them to represent the city in opioid litigation. GMA urges member cities to consult with their city attorney before deciding to join the litigation and before signing up with a law firm to represent their city in the litigation.
While popular elsewhere, apprenticeships represent a relatively small number of jobs in the United States. This report assesses the potential for apprenticeships to address the skills gap and other barriers to workforce development in the national economy.
Route Fifty's second biennial survey of civil servants presents a nationwide picture of management challenges for state and local employees.
In 2017, GMA launched a new service designed to evaluate whether telephone providers are properly collecting and remitting the 911 surcharge as required by O.C.G.A. § 46-5-134 to jurisdictions that operate 911 systems.
While cities support new technologies that improve or enhance coverage, these proposals for small cell antenna infrastructure may pose potential problems and conflicts with a city’s right of way, including requirements for public safety, zoning, and aesthetics.
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Mary O'Brien, CEO of Mobile Science Technologies, Inc., provided webinar participants with an overview of the Bright City App. This app allows cities to engage residents when it is most needful for the city and the resident.
Smart energy decision-making in the city of Valdosta includes technology and innovation and is powering up with the South Georgia sun. Valdosta has pursued renewable energy options since the early 2000s.
On May 24, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle announced the Compensation of Police and Sheriffs (COPS) Task Force to partner with local governments and law enforcement agencies to examine the importance of attracting and retaining experienced officers and address reforms in compensation.
CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified law enforcement officers and those responsible for investigation and evidence handling as positions that might come into contact with fentanyl or its analogues.
FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. It has a mission to develop, build and operate a nationwide broadband network that will equip all manners of first responders with the technology to help save lives and protect communities. It was first authorized by Congress in 2012 and was allotted 20 MHz of radio spectrum to build the network. Learn more below about FirstNet and how it will apply to specific cities.
Throughout much of our history, children have grown up to reach a higher standard of living than their parents. While this has never been realized by all groups, the hope for a better life lies at the heart of the American Dream—if you work hard, you can be successful. But ...
As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs.