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
Workforce housing is a particularly acute problem in high-growth communities, like Sandy Springs, where land values and housing costs are high and rising.
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.
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
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.