Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.
st, 2018. HB 489 requires that any bid or proposal extended by a county, municipal corporation or local board of education for goods and services valued at $10,000 or more and any bid or proposal opportunity extended for public works subject to Chapter 91 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A. be posted on the Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR).
HB 489 was passed by the General Assembly during the 2018 Legislative Session and will become effective on July 1
It all started with a Snow Day Photo Contest. In January, the city of Jesup saw its first snow day in 30 years, and City Clerk and Treasurer Rose Marcus-Jackson knew that was the perfect time to engage residents and encourage them to show off their photography skills.
GMA is aware that a fradulent e-mail discussing a ruling from the "International Criminal Court" and a potential damage award that cities are eligible to claim has been sent to cities across the United States. Cities in Georgia that receive the e-mail are advised to delete the e-mail without accessing any of the links or downloading any attachments.
With the approach of the mid-term elections, the departure in April of DJ Gribbin, the President’s infrastructure adviser, and divisions in Congress over how to pay for a complex plan to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and rural broadband, it is likely that the development of a comprehensive infrastructure package will be pushed into early 2019. Lawmakers are still working on a broad plan, but their immediate task is to meet legislative deadlines for existing programs, including authorization for aviation and water resources programs, as well as approving Farm Bill legislation.
Hiring police officers is much harder than it used to be. To stay competitive, some departments are getting creative in their recruiting efforts and offer more generous compensation.
March 10-15 was a busy week for Georgia city officials in Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference. A total of 78 Georgia city officials and GMA staff participated in the conference, which focused on municipal federal advocacy priorities including infrastructure funding and preemption of local authority over telecommunications regulations.
The city of Newnan will host a new outdoor film series on Friday, April 27, during Georgia Cities Week. “The Founder” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Greene,” which were both filmed in Newnan, will be shown on the sides of buildings located in the city.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designated Opportunity Zones in 18 States including Georgia. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country. New investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment.
Imagery is widely used throughout every level of government in Georgia, to support efforts such as economic development, infrastructure management, transportation planning, public works, public safety, tax assessment and emergency management. The imagery covers the entire State, and is for all government to use as a base map to better facilitate delivery of services to the citizens of Georgia.
), 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.
Congress has passed the omnibus appropriations bill (
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).
In a decision issued today in the case of
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. GMA was ranked 36 among 75 small workplaces in Atlanta.
GMA has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta for 2018 by the
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.
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.