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Burdensome Proposed Ethics Rule Tabled
September 29, 2017
On September 21, 2017, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission met to discuss Proposed Rule 189-7-.03, among other topics.  The Commission voted to table the proposed rule until the next meeting.

Information on HB 146, Firefighters’ Cancer Insurance Benefits
September 29, 2017
Recognizing a need to provide assistance to Georgia’s firefighters when they contract cancer, while also protecting the financial interests of Georgia cities, GMA worked with firefighters, elected officials and insurance industry experts to identify a compromise solution. The result of these efforts, and with support from Representative Micah Gravley and Senator John Albers, has been the 2017 passage of House Bill 146, known as the Firefighter Cancer Insurance bill.

Tax Reform to Potentially Impact Municipal Bond Tax Exemption
September 26, 2017
The White House and a group of Republican legislators and administration officials known as the “Big Six” are expected to release a framework for tax reform on Wednesday and the municipal bond tax exemption is one of the exemptions that is on the table.

Security Alert - GMA Emails Being Spoofed Security Alert - GMA Emails Being Spoofed
September 22, 2017
Some GMA members have received emails that appear to come from trusted staff at GMA. These emails indicate the city is being invoiced by GMA and contains a link to an invoice. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

Savannah Shines Brightens One Neighborhood at a Time Savannah Shines Brightens One Neighborhood at a Time
September 22, 2017
Savannah Shines is a multifaceted, coordinated approach to neighbor­hood revitalization and will address four areas: private and public prop­erty, public safety and community en­gagement. 

U.S. Census 2020: Preparation Activities and the Role of Census Data in the Dissemination of Funds U.S. Census 2020: Preparation Activities and the Role of Census Data in the Dissemination of Funds
September 21, 2017
Georgia’s cities are gearing up to participate in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA). The LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. Every person undercounted equates to lost revenues for Georgia’s communities.

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.

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.

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