A well-run municipal court enhances public safety and improves the overall quality of life within a city. A poorly run municipal court can cost a municipality in both reputation and revenue. Which one does your city have?
Our message to those in our prison system and to their families is this: If you pay your dues to society, if you take advantage of the opportunities to better yourself, if you discipline yourself so that you can regain your freedom and live by the rules of society, you will be given the chance to reclaim your life. I intend for Georgia to continue leading the nation with meaningful justice reform.
Each day brings new ideas, thoughts and sometimes opportunities. When you look at the many and varied issues affecting our cities, it is amazing that residents get the service and protection they expect and deserve. For most residents, this probably looks like a duck on a pond, placidly floating along. What they don’t see are the feet underwater paddling away.
While few of us will have an Olympic athlete from our hometown, the fact is our cities and towns play an important part in the lives of our citizens. For some, what we do as city officials directly impacts their ability to create a better future for themselves.
We must acknowledge and applaud the leaders who recognize that additional training is needed to address the everyday demands of city government.
As local officials our job is simple … it is to lead. Whether we are loud or quiet, high energy or laid back, pragmatic or idealistic, in the weeds or at 30,000 feet, our job is to get our ideas into play. If we’re not doing that, we aren’t leading.
To transform our neighborhoods and communities, it is up to us as city officials to live and act and conduct our politics in a way that honors collaboration and the common good. And from what I’ve seen and experienced these last ten years, Georgia’s city officials are up to the task.
Unless a city has an abandoned rail line or river corridor through the middle of town, a trail to the square requires repurposing public rights-of-way and piecing together underutilized parking lots and alleyways or converting “grayways” to greenways.
In the U.S., we have reduced the number of smokers, the number of teen pregnancies and the number of new HIV/AIDS infections over time. The lessons from these public health challenges can be applied to the present opioid drug epidemic.
We talk about the impact cities can have on the lives of residents. That’s natural because we think of government as being “of the people, by the people and for the people.” But government—particularly city government—also has strong connections to the business world.
“Entrepreneurship” is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
Small cities in the Southeast act as nerve centers connecting the regional economy. In the South, more than 100 small metro areas are home to 25 million—or 20 percent—of the region’s total population.
We have banned the box at the state level. Now is the time for every municipality in Georgia to follow suit and ban it on all their city employment applications.
As a talented workforce is essential to the vitality of a city, talent attraction and retention has economic, community-based and civic-level implications.
The 2016 Legislative Session has come to an end, and we’ll be learning over the next couple of months about the bills that passed and how they will impact municipal government. But while we learn about what has changed, it’s equally important to look to the future