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March 23, 2018
Congress has passed the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1625), a $1.3 trillion spending proposal that maintains or increases funding for key programs that cities use to fund infrastructure, economic development and public safety, among others. The Senate vote was 65-32 and the House voted 256-167 to approve the measure, avoiding a government shutdown and funding the federal government through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.


March 15, 2018
In a decision issued today in the case of City of Union Point v. Greene County, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the order of the trial court that found portions of the Service Delivery Act (SDS Act) unconstitutional. Specifically, the Court found that the judicial dispute resolution process was constitutional and rejected the trial court’s reliance on Turner County v. City of Ashburn, 293 Ga. 739 (2013).


March 8, 2018   |  Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is now accepting 2018 applications for the PlanFirst program. Full applications must be submitted by May 15, 2018.


March 1, 2018
GMA has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta for 2018 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. GMA was ranked 36 among 75 small workplaces in Atlanta.


February 28, 2018
Nominations are now being accepted for GMA’s Municipal Government Hall of Fame.  If you know of someone who meets the criteria outlined below, we hope you will consider submitting a nomination.  Inductees will be honored on June 25, 2018 at the Awards Luncheon during the GMA Annual Convention in Savannah.


February 20, 2018
Past and present GMA lead­ers met at the Atlanta Com­merce Club on Sunday, Jan. 21 for the association’s first Past Presidents’ Dinner. Laughter and memories filled the eve­ning as 21 past presidents and their spouses joined three for­mer executive directors, Lamar Norton, Jim Higdon and Jim Burgess; GMA’s current Execu­tive Director Larry Hanson, and GMA officers.


February 19, 2018
On Dec. 19, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Councilmember Quincy Holton were recognized with the Life­time Service Award from GMA. Gravitt was recognized for his 51 years of ser­vice to the city, and Holton was rec­ognized for his 49 years of service to Cumming.


January 31, 2018   |  National League of Cities
When large numbers of eligible residents do not file for the EITC, their communities miss out on an opportunity to bring millions of dollars into the local economy.


January 25, 2018   |  Mayor Phil Best of Dublin, GMA's Second Vice President
Fourteen Georgia mayors were among 100 mayors from around the country who met with President Donald Trump this week for “Mayors’ Day at the White House: A Conversation with President Trump.” 


January 3, 2018   |  By Tom Crawford
Georgia lawmakers are indicating they will move ahead with legislation in the upcoming General As­sembly session that could have a major financial and administrative impact on the state’s municipalities. 


December 27, 2017
The 2018 Mayors’ Day conference will again take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from Jan. 19-22. Participants will have opportunities to network, complete training classes and engage in legislative policy discussion and meetings. Mayors’ Day participants will have access to an exclusive gubernatorial debate on Monday, Jan. 22 during the 7:30 a.m. Capitol Connection: Legislative Networking Breakfast.


December 13, 2017
On December 13, 2017, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (also known as the State Ethics Commission) met and took up a late fee hardship waiver request concerning a late fee from 2013.


December 11, 2017
This guidance document provides information on how structural fill materials composed of recovered clean concrete and/or cured asphalt may be excluded from regulation as inert waste disposal under the Rules for Solid Waste Management. According to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), It may be beneficial for municipalities to adopt ordinances that reflect this guidance.


November 30, 2017
GMA launched an e-procurement program with the Home Depot Pro-Xtra to help cities save money and time when purchasing goods and services. The e-procurement program provides cities with a dedicated team at Home Depot for all purchases. Purchases can be made on-line and picked up at local stores, or be delivered to the city.


November 30, 2017
This summer, GMA Deputy Executive Director Cal Wray announced his retirement at the end of this year. In Wray’s 30-plus years at GMA, he oversaw the development of the association’s employee benefit funds. Under Wray’s leadership, these funds have grown to over $2 billion in assets.


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