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GMA Workshop Series: Budget and Revenue Forecasting
June 21, 2016
GMA offered regional workshops in May and June 2016 to provide municipal officials with information about budgeting and revenue forecasting.


Special Event Permits for the Sale of Alcohol
June 15, 2016
The Georgia Department of Revenue requested GMA to provide the following information about the issuance of special event permits for the sale of alcohol.


Decatur Keeps the City Rolling  During National Bike Month Decatur Keeps the City Rolling During National Bike Month
June 13, 2016
The city of Decatur,  a designated Bronze-Level Bike Friendly Community by Georgia Bikes, celebrated National Bike Month with a variety of activities during the entire month of May.


Cities Encouraged to Use Scrap Tire Reimbursement Program Cities Encouraged to Use Scrap Tire Reimbursement Program
June 13, 2016
Scrap tire piles have presented local governments with management challenges for decades, but now that old problem could be breeding a new health threat.


Noted Consultant Travels Around Georgia to Revive Cities Noted Consultant Travels Around Georgia to Revive Cities
June 13, 2016
When Tom Berry and wife Debra Underwood roll into town in their RV, often times it’s not for a leisure vacation but because Berry is there to settle in and get a city back on track as an interim city manager.


Relationships are Key in Preparing, Responding and Recovering from Disasters Relationships are Key in Preparing, Responding and Recovering from Disasters
June 13, 2016
A strong relationship between city officials and the county emergency management agency ensures when disaster strikes, there will be coordinated support from dozens of agencies and organizations.


Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Pan Am Games Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Pan Am Games
June 13, 2016
Spectators from across Georgia and the Southeast brought cheers, chants and pride for their favorite countries and athletes to the city of Gainesville for the Pan-American Championships held May 19-22. These games kicked off Gainesville’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games as teams competed for an allotted number of slots from the Americas to send to Brazil in August. 
 


Regional Partnership Aims to Revive Rossville Textile Mill Site Regional Partnership Aims to Revive Rossville Textile Mill Site
June 10, 2016
A devoted effort to revive the heart of a northwest Georgia manufacturing community took shape this spring through an innovative economic development collaboration with the University Of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute Of Government, Chattanooga’s Lyndhurst Foundation and GMA.


Sports Teams Energize Communities Sports Teams Energize Communities
June 10, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
Team spirit goes a long way toward building a sense of community, no matter where you live. Cities and towns across the state have options beyond the well-known national professional teams for football, baseball and basketball. Though some have not heard of these teams, they are building strong followings and drawing national and international attention to their home cities.


Fireworks Sales Factsheet & FAQ
June 9, 2016
During the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation which legalizes consumer fireworks to be sold and to be used in the State of Georgia.


Going Solar in Georgia: Opportunities for Local Governments Going Solar in Georgia: Opportunities for Local Governments
May 31, 2016   |  Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Local governments spend up to 10% of their operating budgets on energy. Solar power is one way local governments in Georgia can improve energy efficiency, lower costs, and serve as an environmentally friendly leader in their communities. 


Toccoa Implements Renaissance Plan Toccoa Implements Renaissance Plan
May 11, 2016
During the summer of 2015, Megan Hull, a student from the University of Georgia’s College of Environ­ment and Design, assisted the city of Toccoa on a number of projects. Hull brought her design skills as a Landscape Architecture student and applied them to a variety of Toccoa’s needs ranging from design­ing “parklets” in the city’s downtown to beautify­ing gateway corridors on common routes into the downtown to creating a unified approach to signage throughout the city.


Porterdale Thinks Big to Preserve a Small Town Porterdale Thinks Big to Preserve a Small Town
May 11, 2016   |  Josephine Kelly
The city of Porterdale shares many of the characteristics of small towns across the state, including a limited budget, a small staff and limited re­sources for development. Yet, even with these challenges, over 10 years ago the city’s leadership committed to planning Porterdale’s future by thinking big and looking for every opportunity to create value for one of the state’s most intact mill villages.


Small Cities Put Themselves on the Map Small Cities Put Themselves on the Map
May 11, 2016   |  Pamela A. Keene
Nationwide, towns and cities are putting themselves on the map and striving to remain top of mind with business, industry and tourism. Consider New York: The Big Apple and Los Angeles: The City of Angels. While not at first familiar nicknames, consistent marketing helped these monikers take hold and stick.


Watkinsville Brings Art Downtown Watkinsville Brings Art Downtown
May 10, 2016
The city of Watkinsville, known as the “Artland of Georgia,” recently installed several sculptures in its downtown. The sculptures and a series of art pan­els represent two pop-up exhibitions designed to enhance public spaces in the city and encourage conversations on the importance of art in this com­munity of 2,800.


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