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April 26, 2019   |  Kirby A. Glaze Founder and President, Public-Private Partnership Project Management, Inc.
For years cities in Georgia have been waiting for their downtowns to be discovered by developers. They know their downtowns are as yet undiscovered jewels, just waiting on that visionary developer to invest in mining them, polishing them and reaping the financial rewards of their discoveries.

 

April 24, 2019   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
The question is, ‘how do we as city officials get the state to learn to trust her local governments and not legislate to the least common denominator?’ The answer begins with us.
 

 

March 18, 2019   |  Dr. J. Scott Angle Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Robots milking cows, droids pick­ing fruit and scouting pest invasions of peanut fields and weather fore­casting 10 times more accurate than current predictions are all about to find their way into Georgia’s fields and pastures. 

 

February 26, 2019   |  Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director
recent poll shows that that 70 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of local elected officials. Such a response validates the trust citizens place in their local officials and reinforces a core principal of democracy: the active participation of citizens in politics and civic life.

 

February 11, 2019   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
With the new year comes the familiarity of the start of a new legislative session and GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference. The regular occurrence of these two events reminds us of the need to focus on the issues facing cities under the Gold Dome. And as we take the time to do that, it becomes apparent what the value of cities is to our state.

 

February 11, 2019   |  Susan Moore, GMA, General Counsel
A recent case out of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals adds to the growing body of caselaw addressing how the First Amend­ment applies to social media communication. Although not binding in Georgia because Georgia is in the Eleventh Circuit, the decision may be persuasive in other cases and provides an important lesson for pub­lic officials. It also may present these issues to the United States Supreme Court.
 

 

February 11, 2019   |  Dan Gelinne, Program Manager, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Across the U.S., more communities are vying to become “walkable” plac­es, where residents and visitors alike can access key services and opportu­nities on foot, and reap the health, safety and economic benefits that active travel provides. Though many factors influence walkability in a com­munity, arguably the most important is the presence of sidewalks. Sidewalks are dedi­cated spaces for pedestrians, providing a safe and comfortable place to walk. A continuous and cohesive sidewalk network can increase opportunities for active transportation, en­abling pedestrians of all ages and abilities to get where they want to go.
 

 

January 18, 2019   |  Gov. Brian Kemp
Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 17, 2019.

 

January 17, 2019   |  Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director
As we begin the new year, it is always important to examine where we are as an organization and plan our future together. Much time and effort has been given this year to plan for a successful future and ensure we’re focused on meeting the greatest needs of our member cities. 

 

November 9, 2018   |  Kim Holland, Water & Sewer Director, Marietta Power and Water
How do you start your day? Shower? Manda­tory cup of coffee? Whatever your answer, I bet the first minutes of every single day begin with using water in some way. Water is such a fundamental part of our lives, we often take it for granted. Especially here in the U.S., most people don’t appreciate the role that wa­ter plays in their daily life because they have never had to go without it.

 

 

November 8, 2018   |  Kim Skobba and Sharon Liggett Interim Co-Director, Georgia Initiative for Community Housing
Despite its importance, providing an ample range of housing that is affordable, in adequate condition and that matches consumers’ needs and preferences is a great challenge for most com­munities.

 

November 7, 2018   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
By the time you read this, the 2018 mid-term elections will be over. Your feelings about the results of the Nov. 6 elections will undoubtedly depend on your political affiliation. You may be pleased about the results, or you may not. Regardless of your feelings about a particular outcome, it’s hard to ignore the fact many people feel our political divisions are deeper and wider than ever before.

 

November 5, 2018   |  Alison Earles, Associate General Counsel, GMA
In every city where e-scoot­ers have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters on sidewalks, accidents and “near misses” with helmet-less riders on busy streets.

 

October 30, 2018   |  By Susan Moore, General Counsel, GMA
Maurice Walker was arrested by city po­lice on Sept. 3, 2015 for being a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol. Because he was homeless and in­digent, Walker couldn’t pay the stan­dard $160 bail to secure his release and was jailed pending the next mu­nicipal court session. The city of Cal­houn’s municipal court was held each Monday but because the upcoming Monday was Labor Day... 

 

October 29, 2018   |  Lacy Beasley, President & COO, Retail Strategies
Eco­nomic Development professionals were trained to not focus on retail because it will take care of it­self. This philosophy may have been true in a Baby Boomer generation, but it doesn’t stand true in a Millennial generation. Millennials don’t choose their home location based solely on a job.

 

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