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Deal calls Irma catastrophic, says state will pay local government’s share of debris cleanup
September 15, 2017   |  The Florida Times-Union
After viewing Irma’s devastation in Camden and Glynn counties from a helicopter Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal said it was difficult to grasp that it was caused by a tropical storm and not a hurricane.

Onerous Ethics Reporting Mandates Proposed Onerous Ethics Reporting Mandates Proposed
September 13, 2017
The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has proposed adopting a rule to mandate new, monthly reporting duties for municipal filing officers in every city in the state.

Hurricane Irma Recovery: A Message from GMA President Dorothy Hubbard
September 13, 2017
We know that Hurricane Irma inflicted serious damage in a number of cities across the state, and the clean-up efforts for some will last days, if not weeks or longer.  To those of you adversely impacted by the storm, we extend our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

EPD Seeking Comments on Proposed Landfill Rule
September 1, 2017
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) held a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss changes to rules related to solid waste management on August 8 and August 17. City officials are encouraged to review the proposed rule change and provide comments to EPD by September 8.

Over $37 Million in CDBG Grants Announced
August 31, 2017
A total of $37.55 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was announced today by Governor  Nathan Deal.  Over $32 million in CDBG funds will be for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers to serve citizens in need in fifty-one communities across the state.  Nearly $5 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program and Redevelopment Fund awards will be awarded to 10 Georgia communities to invest in restoration and economic development projects.

GMA Summer Legislative Update
August 31, 2017
The GMA Governmental Relations team has been very busy this summer with workshops on topics from opioids to small cells to creating guideance for cities with regard to newly enacted laws. This article provides an overview of the various issues that GMA member cities should be aware of now.

Macon-Bibb Partners with HUD and Nonprofit to Open Latest Long-term Residential Property
August 23, 2017
There is more long-term housing in Macon-Bibb County thanks to the grand opening of Bayside Village. This housing complex, which was made possible through partnership with Macon-Bibb County and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includes 16, one-bedroom, energy efficient apartments.

New Milton City Hall Embraces Collaboration as a Workplace of the Future
August 23, 2017
The city of Milton broke from a “traditional” city hall design to one that blends its heritage and a modern workplace. In June, the city celebrated the grand opening of the new Milton City Hall, a 33,500-square-foot building that fos­ters collaboration between staff and city departments and engages community members on a more personal level. The new city hall was designed by COOPER CARRY, a global architecture firm founded in 1960.

GMA Presses Forward to Best Serve Its Members
August 22, 2017   |  By Bill Thornton, GMA Interim Executive Director
At our Annual Convention in June, we recognized the many contributions Lamar Norton made to our association and presented him with the Key Citizen Award, GMA’s highest honor, before bidding him farewell at the end of July. Many of you have inquired about the staff and how we’re faring during the transition. I want to assure you that while we will miss Lamar and his leadership, the staff here remains dedicated to the mission of GMA, and with the active engagement of the membership, we are delivering on it every day.

Charlottesville Violence Highlights Cities' Struggle To Balance Rights And Safety
August 15, 2017   |  NPR

"How do you reconcile public safety and the First Amendment?" That's the question Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Mike Signer asked in an interview on Sunday. And it's a question city and state governments are likely grappling with after the weekend's violence in Charlottesville.

Georgia Tech Hosts Smart Communities Workshop
August 11, 2017
On July 21, GMA partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the  Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), ACCG, Georgia Centers of Innovation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), to host local governments, government associations, and industry and academic leaders for a Smart Communities Workshop. The Smart Communities Workshop is the first step in a larger initiative to launch a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia-wide peer-network and technical assistance program to support smart community projects with local governments.

Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
July 10, 2017   |  Suzanne Nienaber, Center for Active Design
The Assembly Civic Engagement Survey points to many opportunities to enhance civic engagement. This article, the first in a series, looks at five simple, relatively low-cost design opportunities that have emerged from the ACES research.

A Mayor's Guide to Public Life
June 29, 2017   |  Gehl Institute
Gehl Institute, a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design, policy, and governance, recently published a resource entitled, "A Mayor's Guide to Public Life."

Norton Receives Georgia Key Citizen Award Norton Receives Georgia Key Citizen Award
June 28, 2017
GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton received the Georgia Key Citizen Award during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. This award is GMA’s highest form of recognition.

Three Inducted to Municipal Hall of Fame
June 26, 2017
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) inducted the late Johnnie Lee Roper, Douglas commissioner, Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler, and Warner Robins City Attorney Jim Elliot, into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah Monday, June 26.

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