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July 18, 2018   |  U.S. Census
Recruiting enough workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of temporary positions needed to take the 2020 Census won’t be easy, given the current economic climate, but the Census Bureau is more than up to the challenge.


June 29, 2018
GMA has learned that at least two wireless providers have been reaching out to local leaders to request that they sign on to or send a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr urging rulemaking on small cell wireless facilities siting. The letter is being pitched to city leaders as a way to show support for the growth and potential of 5G technology, but is being used by industry to demonstrate city support for FCC rulemaking that would harm cities.


June 27, 2018
Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday, June 24.


June 27, 2018
Former Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards, former Marietta Councilmember Philip Goldstein, and Georgia Municipal Association Deputy Executive Director Bill Thornton were each inducted into the Georgia Municipal Associaton's Municipal Government Hall of Fame on Monday, June 25 at the Georgia Municipal Association's 85th Annual Conference in Savannah.


June 24, 2018   |  Georgia Cities Foundation
The Georgia Cities Foundation has selected Paul King, a property and land agent in the city of Augusta, as the recipient of its 2018 Renaissance Award. King accepted the award during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on Monday, June 25.


June 15, 2018
Federal District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has effectively blocked the Waters of the US rule for Georgia and 10 other states. The rule has been the focus of criticism due to its broad definitions of waterways, which some believe could have included drainage ditches.


June 13, 2018
Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.


May 22, 2018   |  State Purchasing Division of the Department of Administrative Services
HB 489 was passed by the General Assembly during the 2018 Legislative Session and will become effective on July 1st, 2018. HB 489 requires that any bid or proposal extended by a county, municipal corporation or local board of education for goods and services valued at $10,000 or more and any bid or proposal opportunity extended for public works subject to Chapter 91 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A. be posted on the Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR).


May 21, 2018
It all started with a Snow Day Photo Contest. In January, the city of Jesup saw its first snow day in 30 years, and City Clerk and Treasurer Rose Marcus-Jackson knew that was the perfect time to engage residents and encourage them to show off their photography skills.


May 18, 2018
GMA is aware that a fradulent e-mail discussing a ruling from the "International Criminal Court" and a potential damage award that cities are eligible to claim has been sent to cities across the United States. Cities in Georgia that receive the e-mail are advised to delete the e-mail without accessing any of the links or downloading any attachments.


May 14, 2018
With the approach of the mid-term elections, the departure in April of DJ Gribbin, the President’s infrastructure adviser, and divisions in Congress over how to pay for a complex plan to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and rural broadband, it is likely that the development of a comprehensive infrastructure package will be pushed into early 2019. Lawmakers are still working on a broad plan, but their immediate task is to meet legislative deadlines for existing programs, including authorization for aviation and water resources programs, as well as approving Farm Bill legislation.


April 18, 2018   |  Governing Magazine
Hiring police officers is much harder than it used to be. To stay competitive, some departments are getting creative in their recruiting efforts and offer more generous compensation.


April 17, 2018
March 10-15 was a busy week for Georgia city officials in Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference. A total of 78 Georgia city officials and GMA staff participated in the conference, which focused on municipal federal advocacy priorities including infrastructure funding and preemption of local authority over telecommunications regulations.


April 12, 2018
The city of Newnan will host a new outdoor film series on Friday, April 27, during Georgia Cities Week. “The Founder” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Greene,” which were both filmed in Newnan, will be shown on the sides of buildings located in the city.


April 10, 2018   |  U.S. Department of the Treasury
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designated Opportunity Zones in 18 States including Georgia. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country. New investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment.


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