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January 17, 2019
On May 7, 2018, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 402, the “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act.” This legislation outlines a multi-agency strategy to provide for planning, incentives and deployment of broadband services to unserved areas throughout the state. The key agencies tasked with developing a multi-faceted approach to statewide broadband planning and implementation include the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Georgia’s State Properties Commission (GSPC). These key agencies form the ACE Project Team.



January 17, 2019
Passed with more than 82 percent of the vote, the Outdoor Stewardship Act is intended to “promote stewardship for state parks, state lands and wildlife management areas, support local parks and trails and protect critical conservation land.”


October 24, 2018
President Trump this week declared several Southwest Georgia counties as federal disaster areas in the wake of Hurricane Michael moving through Georgia last week. The declaration makes federal funding available to individuals in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties.


September 26, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposed order regarding state and local governance of small cell (short range) wireless infrastructure deployment. GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson has served as a member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and has written a letter of concern to the FCC.


September 26, 2018   |  Route Fifty
The 2020 Census may be two years away, but the federal agency that manages the decennial population count is in preparation mode. And city and county governments have an important role to play in helping the U.S. Census Bureau.


September 24, 2018
The policy-making bodies of GMA and ACCG met for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to discuss issues cities and counties have in common and how local leaders can work together to solve problems.


September 14, 2018
GMA's Legislative Policy Council on Thursday approved a new policy position regarding the creation of new cities in Georgia. The policy was recommended by the Municipal Incorporation, Deannexation and Credit Ratings Task Force, created earlier this year by GMA President Linda Blechinger, Auburn mayor.


September 10, 2018   |  U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau has created the 2020 Census Hourly Jobs website and is hiring across the country. People can apply via their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer. The website also offers a tool to find local pay rates and allows users to check their application status.


August 29, 2018
In 2016, NFL owners voted to bring the 2019 Super Bowl to Atlanta to be played in the brand new, state-of-the art Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  This is first time since 2000 that Atlanta has been selected to host the game.  Super Bowl LIII will be played on February 3, 2019 and is expected to bring in more than 100,000 visitors and several hundred million dollars in economic activity to the City of Atlanta.  That is great news, but what does it mean for the GMA Mayors’ Day Conference which is scheduled for January 25-28, one week before the game?


August 27, 2018
Gov. Nathan Deal received the Georgia Key Citizen Award during GMA’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. This award is GMA’s highest form of recognition.


August 24, 2018   |  Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).


August 15, 2018
On August 2nd, on a party line vote, the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) approved the Third Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling which creates a One-Touch Make-Ready (“OTMR”) plan for pole attachments and declares that state or local moratoria, when applied to the deployments of wired and wireless telecommunications equipment, are violations of federal law.


August 15, 2018   |  National League of Cities (NLC)
During the August Open Meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Commissioners approved a report and order and declaratory ruling dealing with one-touch make-ready requirements and state and local moratoria.


August 7, 2018
Former Fitzgerald Mayor and GMA President Gerald Thompson passed away Sunday, August 5.  Thompson was one of the most respected and admired city officials in Georgia and a true pillar of this association during his long and distinguished public service career.


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.


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