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

 

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. 

 

August 5, 2015   |  Becky Kelley, Director, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, DNR
They are also great economic engines, bringing tourist dollars to local businesses. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have an annual economic impact of $562 million and create more than 8,000 jobs.

 

August 5, 2015   |  Steve Card, Director, Dalton Parks and Recreation Department
Loyalty and passion are what we all want for the communities we serve. Loyalty is best described as residents’ general satisfaction with a place, the likelihood to recommend it to others and their outlook on the community’s future. Passion, in this sense, is best described as a connection to a place and the pride taken living there. Local Parks and Recreation play a key role in achieving these outcomes.

 

August 5, 2015   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
The energy is still around us and the meet­ing of leadership to guide your association continues to amaze me. The 2015 Annual Convention featured a new format, a new approach to our educational classes and en­ergized sessions throughout. The immediate feedback has been very positive from the membership.

 

June 28, 2015
Those initiatives and endeavors that make the most lasting and powerful impact on the life of our communities are those that are based in a spirit of collaboration.

 

January 6, 2014   |  Boyd Austin, Mayor, Dallas, Georgia & Chair, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
With the anticipated passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), Georgians owe a debt of gratitude to our Congressional delegation. Our Senators and Representatives worked across party lines to help ensure Georgia’s continued economic development, balanced with the protection of our natural resources.

 

July 9, 2013   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) is currently being debated in our nation's capitol. The MFA would allow states that have a streamlined sales tax code, which Georgia has, to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes on items purchased in Georgia.

 

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