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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday, June 24.
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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 85
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.
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.