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November 28, 2016
As part of its Municipal Court initiative, GMA conducted two surveys concerning municipal courts: the Municipal Court Survey for City Clerks and the Municipal Court Survey for Municipal Court Judges. 


November 28, 2016
In 2015, the Newnan Police Depart­ment hired its first community re­source officer. Since taking the posi­tion, Officer Edward Lee has initiated three programs to reach the youth of the community.


November 23, 2016
UPDATED: The Labor Department’s contentious overtime rule was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, putting one of President Obama's top regulatory initiatives in jeopardy.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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