In October 2016, the U.S. government approved a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen for violations of the Clean Air Act. $2.7 billion will be given directly to states to fund projects to reduce nitrogen oxide at the local level. Cities can access these funds to upgrade aging diesel-powered vehicles, install electric vehicle charging stations, or implement other green strategies.
On Nov. 15, the Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB) formally moved that Complaint #2017-13—filed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle against the city of Decatur—will proceed to an initial hearing.
Optimize funding by validating centerline mileage for the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program. LMIG provides funds for local governments to improve local roadway networks. The funding source for LMIG is a percentage of the state motor vehicle fuel tax. Use of LMIG funds requires adherence to adequate roadway standards, accounting practices, and applicable transportation plans.
The GMA Board of Directors has named Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson as the executive director of the association. Hanson becomes the sixth full-time executive director of the organization since it was created in 1933.
Earlier this year, a group of local elected officials launched the “75 South Corridor Coalition” to improve branding and better communicate the resources and opportunities between the metro areas of Atlanta and Macon.
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.
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.
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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.
Savannah Shines is a multifaceted, coordinated approach to neighborhood revitalization and will address four areas: private and public property, public safety and community engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 21, GMA partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), ACCG, Georgia Centers of Innovation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), to host local governments, government associations, and industry and academic leaders for a Smart Communities Workshop. The Smart Communities Workshop is the first step in a larger initiative to launch a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia-wide peer-network and technical assistance program to support smart community projects with local governments.
GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton received the Georgia Key Citizen Award during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. This award is GMA’s highest form of recognition.