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February 20, 2018
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.

 

February 19, 2018
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.

 

January 25, 2018   |  Mayor Phil Best of Dublin, GMA's Second Vice President
Fourteen Georgia mayors were among 100 mayors from around the country who met with President Donald Trump this week for “Mayors’ Day at the White House: A Conversation with President Trump.” 

 

January 3, 2018   |  By Tom Crawford
Georgia lawmakers are indicating they will move ahead with legislation in the upcoming General As­sembly session that could have a major financial and administrative impact on the state’s municipalities. 
 

 

December 11, 2017
This guidance document provides information on how structural fill materials composed of recovered clean concrete and/or cured asphalt may be excluded from regulation as inert waste disposal under the Rules for Solid Waste Management. According to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD), It may be beneficial for municipalities to adopt ordinances that reflect this guidance.

 

October 24, 2017
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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 
 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.
 

 

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.
 

 

August 11, 2017
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.

 

June 28, 2017
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.

 

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