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