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March 9, 2016   |  Rusty Paul, Mayor, Sandy Spring
Workforce housing is a particularly acute problem in high-growth communities, like Sandy Springs, where land values and housing costs are high and rising.

 

March 9, 2016   |  Camila Knowles Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs
​At the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), we know that it takes many people working together to build a strong and vibrant community. No one person, program or initiative can do it alone. 

 

March 9, 2016   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
In the next few months county and state officials will have the general election primary. Now is the time to build those relationships and set the direction on where we can go as a state, and as cities and counties working together

 

February 9, 2016   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
A little more than 20 years ago on “The Today Show”, Bryant Gumbel asked “What is the Internet, anyway?” Today the Internet and other technologies play an increasingly important part in our daily lives. This rapid and continual technological change has significantly impacted our society and economy.

 

February 9, 2016   |  Dr. Alan R. Shark, Executive Director and CEO, Public Technology Institute
Unlike other topics, the future of technology is ever-changing. Despite the fact that state and local government functions remain unchanged for the past hundred years, we are increasingly turning to technology to perform tasks faster, more accurately, and hopefully to save money. 

 

February 9, 2016   |  Brooks Rainwater, Director, Center for City Solutions & Applied Research, National League of Cities
Disruption. It may be a buzz word, but it perfectly encapsulates this moment in time. New technologies don’t simply disrupt business models; they disrupt lives. At times, they forcefully forge change and demand swift adaptation from every size of community. 

 

January 13, 2016   |  Gov. Nathan Deal
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016. 

 

January 11, 2016   |  Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate
In 2016 look for greater cooperation between the state DOR and city governments, more information sharing to catch those businesses attempting to avoid tax payments and possible legislative relief from the responsibility of paying interest on overpayments of sales taxes.  

 

January 11, 2016   |  Rusi Patel GMA Associate General Counsel
Cities are trusted to be the steward of local taxpayer money and sometimes the responsibility that comes with being conservative stewards of tax funds can put cities at odds with widely popular issues for reasons that are, unfortunately, not widely understood. 

 

January 8, 2016   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
As the New Year begins, let’s resolve to ensure that our actions, our relationship with others and our behaviors will build trust and confidence within our cities. After all, the voters put you in office because they believe in you and your ability to lead your city in a professional manner.

 

November 30, 2015   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
When city elected officials speak to me about their communities, they almost without fail mention their local schools. The success, or failure, of the local school system translates into the success, or failure, of Georgia’s cities. From creating a high quality-of-life to economic development to the long-term prosperity of a city, the quality of our public education system is paramount. 

 

November 6, 2015   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
As we prepare for the upcoming Legislative Session, let’s not be timid in advocating the basic home rule tenant that local officials are in the best position to make local deci­sions affecting the everyday health and welfare of their residents.

 

September 3, 2015   |  Jim Sprouse, Executive Director, Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association
Georgia’s hotels are partners in the economic health of Georgia’s cities. The hotel/motel tax provides a foundation for a partnership between Georgia’s lo­cal governments and Georgia’s lodging industry. 

 

September 3, 2015   |  Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Think of an industry that when cul­tivated and sustained, automatically creates jobs, improves quality of life, generates economic development and can completely revitalize a com­munity. That industry exists, and it is tourism. 

 

September 3, 2015   |  Mike Bodker, GMA President
The key for us to continue to move forward in our respective cities, even with the uncertainty that comes with the election of new city of­ficials, is to understand that rather than a top-down approach to govern­ing, a collaborative environment is essential. 

 

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