In this recording, Katherine Moore, Sustainable Growth Program Director with the Georgia Conservancy, discusses why we should recognize school facilities as critical public infrastructure and how thoughtful planning of facility location and campus design is integral to overall community sustainability. She reviews current Georgia Department of Education school siting guidelines, state funding of school construction, EPA school siting guidelines, and the role of community values in school siting discussions.
This report reflects the latest public sector workforce trends as reported by human resources personnel within state and local government.
Georgia’s Cities sat down with three city economic development directors to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics, and what’s next for their cities.
As economic development continues to evolve, development professionals statewide are charged to find innovative ways to keep their communities thriving.
A living wage calculator combines minimum household costs with approximate income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs.
It’s been 20 years since the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) started transforming the Atlanta-located Lindbergh MARTA Station into one of the country’s first transit-oriented development (TOD) projects—complete with housing, retail and rider amenities. Today, MARTA is taking this TOD project and four other stations to the next level of development.
The Playbook includes learning from the three Benton Next Generation Engagement Award winning cities (awarded in 2016), as well as other best practices and city models. It is geared towards local government leaders and practitioners as they work to more effectively empower residents using broadband connectivity.
Over the past several years, programs like the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown have supported, promoted and encouraged buying local. It’s making a positive impact across the state.
Some Georgia communities view outdoor recreation as a nice little perk, but many others consider it a major quality-of-life issue resulting in a significant economic impact.
This year The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance launched a new tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia—www. BuyFromGA.com.
GMA held a workshop on the opioid crisis on August 24 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Researchers, community health advocates, law enforcement and community groups provided information on the crisis and its impact on Georgia. The focus of the workshop was on how city officials can address the issue.
A comprehensive analysis of local economies by the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that 84 percent of cities report their local economies have improved since 2016. The new report reveals a dynamic economic landscape that has given rise to five distinct types of local economies: a highly rural cluster; a large central city cluster; and three types of mid-sized economies.
This article explores three basic access features needed to better meet the needs of today’s population, including families with baby strollers, elders, people living with disabilities and some people recently released from rehab facilities after an accident.
During the summer of 2017, GMA staff, in cooperation with representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA), interviewed city and university officials in an effort to showcase small- to medium-sized cities that have been successful in funding city projects through federal grant or loan programs.
Cities across the country are creating amenities to serve the rapidly growing population of persons 65 and older.
This handbook offers concrete strategies for mayors and their administrations to facilitate the rise of innovation districts—small geographic areas within cities where research universities, medical institutions, and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, accelerators, and incubators.