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Transportation Funding Study Committee Issues Final Report
December 31, 2014
The Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding issues its final report on December 30, 2014.


Misdemeanor Private Probation Limited by Georgia Supreme Court
November 25, 2014
In a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia held on November 24, 2014, that private probation companies are constitutionally allowed to supervise misdemeanor probationers.


Georgia Sales Tax Exemptions: GMA Report on the Impact to Georgia's Counties and Cities
November 7, 2014
This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.


Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million
October 31, 2014
Eight Georgia communities were recently awarded financing totaling $12,964,210 for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. The communities include the cities of Chatsworth, Dawsonville, Dublin, Glennville and Jefferson, Bartow and DeKalb Counties, and the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA).


Georgia can’t say if farmers abuse tax exemptions
October 31, 2014   |  Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In his third article on the impact of recent sales tax exemption legislation passed in recent years in Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman looks at the abuse of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by individuals.


Out-of-staters reap tax savings in Georgia: Rural communities hit hardest
October 27, 2014   |  Dan Chapman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Chapman continues his investigation on the impact of recent tax reform efforts in Georgia. In this story, he focuses on the use of Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption (GATE) cards by out-of-state individuals and businesses.


Brady Appoints Property Committee
September 5, 2014
GMA President Keith Brady has appointed a Property Committee to explore options for expanding GMA’s offices and developing property GMA has acquired in recent years.


GMA Establishes Services Council
September 5, 2014
The GMA Board of Directors has established a Member Services Advisory Council to provide ongoing feedback to the GMA staff on services needed to help cities operate more effectively and efficiently.


Tybee Island Holds Hometown Connection Tybee Island Holds Hometown Connection
September 5, 2014
The city of Tybee Island held their first Hometown Connection on Wednesday, July 30.


Georgia City Officials Discuss City Issues with Federal Legislators Georgia City Officials Discuss City Issues with Federal Legislators
April 4, 2014
Several Georgia city officials traveled to Washington, DC, in March to attend the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference. During the conference, both local and federal leaders stressed the importance of partnership in advancing solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges.


Georgia Legislature Adopts Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act Georgia Legislature Adopts Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act
April 4, 2014
On the second to last day of the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund Act. This legislation will create a revolving fund to specifically help redevelop properties across the state, and in the process help revitalize downtowns.


The Economics of Education Now Available The Economics of Education Now Available
September 12, 2013
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce have combined for the fourth time to produce the latest edition of the popular publication, The Economics of Education.


City Officials Ponder Their Role in Education City Officials Ponder Their Role in Education
February 13, 2013
Cities leaders from across the state spent the afternoon of January 25, the Friday before the GMA's Mayors’ Day Conference, brainstorming ideas about how they can play a greater role in improving the state’s education system.


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