Collaboration Can Bring About Lasting and Powerful Impacts
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.

Public Art Helps Cities Be Memorable, Vibrant Places
June 5, 2015
Denise Brinson, Assistant City Manager, Economic & Community Development, City of Suwanee
Great  places  have  great  art. Art can establish a community’s identity. Can you image New Orleans without jazz? Chicago without the “Bean?” Or Paris without just about everything that makes it so great? These places—and so many more—are inextricably linked to their arts.

The Arts Mean Business
June 5, 2015
Jay H. Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts
If your city had a new construction company move to town, this would be good news—more jobs, more economic activity and more tax revenues to be collected. How about if your city received funding from your state to widen a road? Again, you would probably welcome this news with open arms. Now, think about a new arts organization moving to town. Would you look at this group with the same economic lens that you used to look at the construction or transportation business?

Leadership Should be About Getting to Solutions
June 2, 2015
Keith Brady, GMA President
After more than 20 years in office, I’ve learned that being a leader isn’t about power or the attention that comes with being elected to political office. It’s much more pragmatic than that. As civic leadership expert Otis White recently wrote, “A leader is someone who helps people get where they want to go ... by seeing the opportunity for getting there.” If we look through that lens, I believe GMA exemplifies that type of leadership.

Town-Gown Partnerships Add Value to Communities
May 5, 2015
Dr. Susanna L. Baxter
Georgia’s private, not-for-profit col­leges are valuable partners with communities across this great state. Not only do these colleges and uni­versities educate more than 76,000 diverse students, many come from other states and nations. The import­ing of students to Georgia brings welcome dollars to local businesses. But, that’s not the only way private colleges boost local economies. 

The United Voice of Georgia’s Cities Still Matters
May 4, 2015
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
​We live in an ever-changing world, with tech­nology advancing and shaping society and our place within it. It’s not unusual these days to “discover” some new technology only to have it become obsolete as soon as you figure out how to use it! So within that framework, it is good to know that some things don’t change. 

The Georgia Cities Foundation: Helping to Create Vibrant Downtowns
April 8, 2015
Mike Starr, President & CEO, The Georgia Cities Foundation
Since its inception in 1999, the Geor­gia Cities Foundation (GCF) has strived to serve as a catalyst for down­town revitalization. Our goal has been to promote economically sustainable projects and to build public-private partnerships that will help ensure the long-term health and economic vitality of Georgia’s downtown areas.

Wanted: Local Solutions and Leadership
April 8, 2015
Keith Brady, GMA President
People, regardless of their demographic or socioeconomic standing, or whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small rural towns, are looking locally for those ideas and solutions that “improves quality-of-life for themselves and their communities.”

Georgia’s Economy and Economic Development: What Went Wrong and What is to be Done?
March 6, 2015
Dr. Carolyn Bourdeaux, Director of the Center for State and Local Finance Georgia State University
Between 1985 and 1999, Georgia’s economy saw significant real per capita income growth, on average 3 percent per year. Since 2000, however, real per capita income has grown only around .35 percent per year.

The Future Will Not be Like the Past
March 5, 2015
Kathryn Lawler, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division, Atlanta Regional Commission
All across the state, country and around the globe, individuals, private companies and governments are facing the same challenges as they look to respond to the rapidly changing population.

Leaders Make Cities Tick
March 5, 2015
Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
Everyday should be a celebration for the leadership of the elected officials and the staffs of all cities for the commitment they make to build a better life for all citizens who want to live in our cities.

Police Aim to Protect the Public with Traffic, Speed Enforcement
February 10, 2015
Frank Vincent Rotondo, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
There are three major concepts associated with traffic safety: engineering, education and enforcement. The engineering aspect is handled by proper highway construction and appropriate traffic flow measures. Education is accomplished by published laws and regulations, traffic signs and public service communications. Enforcement is utilized when problems are identified that cannot be addressed effectively through engineering and education.

Firefighters Stand Ready to Answer a Variety of Calls
February 10, 2015
Robert Singletary, Fire Chief, Warner Robins and President, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
The Fire Service has historically been considered a “blue collar” pro¬fession. An old fire chief once told me that there were only two qualifi¬cations to be a firefighter back in the 40s and 50s: a strong back and a weak mind. He was joking of course, but there is some truth to that state¬ment

Create a Lasting Legacy
February 9, 2015
Keith Brady, GMA President
Every time a president begins his second term in office, talk turns to what his “legacy” will be. Pundits of all kinds will speculate on what his time in office meant to our country and the lasting impact he will have. Although most of us don’t face those same term limits, we should be mindful of the legacy we’re leaving in our cities and within GMA.

Sales Tax Trends are the Pulse of Local Economies
January 8, 2015
Michael McPherson, GMA Governmental Relations Associate
Finding sales tax data should be as easy as finding your pulse since sales tax trends are the economic pulse of your community. Checking, measuring and analyzing your pulse on a regular basis is a vital component of maintaining your health.

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