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January 27, 2017   |  Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate
In Georgia, brewers are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they are not allowed to sell to the general public at their production site or associated venue. Georgia’s “three tier system” requirements do not allow for sales on site, while all of the states sur­rounding Georgia have done away with this specific limitation.

 

January 24, 2017   |  Lynnette Kelly, Executive Director, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
Financing a public project with municipal bonds is a team effort in which many professionals work together to achieve the goals of the municipality. But as government officials considering issuing municipal bonds in 2017, keep in mind that it’s your deal.

 

January 11, 2017   |  Governor Nathan Deal
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State address delivered on January 11, 2017.

 

January 10, 2017   |  Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director
The New Year is upon us and each new year brings the General Assembly back into session. This time is a critical time for each city official—elected or appointed—to make an effort to educate these well-intended individuals with the issues that impact cities and how we can work together for solutions.
 

 

January 6, 2017   |  By Sen. Dean Burke (R–Bainbridge)
Georgia’s rural healthcare system is in crisis. This is not just a rural problem or a medical problem; it is a problem for all Georgians. 
 

 

September 7, 2016   |  Boyd Austin, GMA President
While few of us will have an Olympic athlete from our home­town, the fact is our cities and towns play an important part in the lives of our citizens. For some, what we do as city officials directly impacts their ability to create a better future for themselves.

 

August 17, 2016   |  Lamar Norton
We must acknowledge and applaud the leaders who recognize that additional training is needed to address the everyday demands of city government.

 

May 11, 2016   |  William Lambe, Senior Adviser for Community & Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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