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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.


April 10, 2015
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has a new leader, Camila Knowles. Knowles was sworn into office on January 15. Her staff interviewed her back in January and GMA is publishing that interview along with the commissioner’s answers to a few questions of our own.


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. 


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


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.


November 7, 2014
This GMA report highlights the impact of the passage of recent sales tax exemptions on Georgia's local governments.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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