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September 21, 2016
GMA webinars are conducted using the Adobe Connect platform. Follow the steps in this article to ensure that you are able to view all GMA webinars using Google Chrome.

 

September 12, 2016
At the Georgia Municipal Association we believe Georgia is home to some of the best cities in the nation. Cities that uphold strong and ethical values and practices that keep residents No. 1 and that make for the best places to Live, Work and Play. We’ve partnered with Georgia Trend Magazine to highlight exceptional Georgia cities with the 2017 Live, Work, Play Cities Award.

 

June 27, 2016
Two cities were recognized for earning the “Cities of Ethics,” designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah, June 28. The cities of Lenox and Pelham join more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation. 

 

June 27, 2016
GMA inducted Palmetto Mayor Clark Boddie, Perry Councilmember Phyllis Bynum-Grace, and former LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah.

 

June 26, 2016
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 26. He is the first official from the city of Dallas to serve as president of the association.

 

April 19, 2016
The Georgia Department of Revenue has begun notifying local governments about new fees they are responsible for as a result of the passage of House Bill 170, the Georgia Transportation Funding Act, during the 2015 Georgia General Assembly

 

April 8, 2016
When Vienna Mayor Hobby Stripling took the oath of office in January this year, it was exactly 48 years to the day since he’d first sworn to uphold the laws and serve the residents of Vienna. He served 20 years after being sworn in in 1968, but returned to office this year after retiring and returning to the place he’d called home for more than 50 years.

 

March 17, 2016
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association’s (GMTA) lawsuit to limit use of local sales taxes on fuel to road and bridge projects came to an abrupt halt today when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney granted a motion to dismiss the case

 

March 9, 2016
​The first of three Transportation Investment Act (TIA) project delivery bands has recently come to a close. As promised to the citizens of the three regions that passed the TIA referendum in 2012, River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha (HOGA) and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), all 261 Band 1 projects are underway or have been completed.

 

February 9, 2016
On Dec. 21, 2015, local law enforcement agencies received notification from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the agency is temporarily suspending payouts under the federal Equitable Sharing Program. 

 

December 15, 2015
The Senate Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Study Committee has issued its final report. 

 

August 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, requiring states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize same-sex marriages lawful­ly performed in other states, impacts how cities handle public and employ­ment benefits.

 

June 8, 2015   |  Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
The new definition of "waters of the U.S." has the potential to expand the number of waterbodies that are federally regulated under the CWA.

 

June 5, 2015
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson visited Washington D.C. on May 13 during National Infrastructure Week. In her role as Chair of GMA’s Federal Policy Council and GMA 2nd Vice President, Jackson represented GMA and Georgia cities in meetings with members of Georgia’s delegation and to participate in transportation-related media events coordinated by the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

 

March 5, 2015
Having a military base nearby can be a major benefit to a local economy but the elimination or reduction in personnel of such a facility can be potentially devastating. 

 

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