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June 18, 2019   |  Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has compiled a list of the top 25 hard-to-count areas in Georgia. Local officials and staff can use this information as they plan outreach and marketing activities for the 2020 Census.


June 13, 2019   |  Gale Horton Gay
Hiawassee sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has Lake Chatuge as one of its natural attractions is working to take advantage of its natural resources to increase tourism, which is the largest contributor to its revenue stream.



June 11, 2019   |  National League of Cities
The Census Bureau seeks to count all people residing in the United States at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, on or around Census Day (April 1, 2020). This guide outlines how specific people are counted when they do not have a usual residence or cannot determine one.


June 7, 2019
On April 16, 2019, students from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia presented the results of their work as part of GMA's Local Government Practicum.


June 6, 2019   |  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This EPA guide explains the real estate process for cleaning up and redeveloping one or more brownfields sites, including opportunities and risks specific to Brownfields Redevelopment, typical scenarios, stages of the process, funding issues, critical stakeholders, and two case studies.


June 6, 2019   |  Environmental Finance Center Network
The Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project seeks to address major issues facing the nation’s smallest drinking water systems (serving 10,000 or fewer people) by offering in-person workshops, one-on-one technical assistance, and other services and resources. This project is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Finance Center Network, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 


June 5, 2019   |  NACTO/IMLA
As the volume of data created on the public right-of-way and exchanged between parties grows, cities and private transportation providers need a common framework for sharing, protecting, and managing data. Managing Mobility Data, a joint product of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, sets out principles and best practices.


June 5, 2019
Many newly elected municipal officials are often apprehensive about their recently acquired responsibilities as public servants. GMA has compiled 50 Survival Tips to assist them in understanding their roles.


June 4, 2019   |  Urban Institute
The decennial census, which seeks to count every US resident each decade, is critical to our democracy. It affects congressional seats and funding decisions at every level of government. But the 2020 Census faces unprecedented challenges and threats to its accuracy. To understand how these factors could affect census counts, the Urban Institute created an interactive data tool and a report.


June 1, 2019
While some believe that cars will one day maneuver through water and others believe that innovative coworking spaces will empower their learning, youth from across the state are having conversations about mobility. Georgia’s Cities heard from five youth council members on what mobility looks like to them.


June 1, 2019
Transportation is a vital part of most communities, but it takes a diversity of forms. Providing visitors, seniors and residents with transit options can be challenging as well as rewarding for local leaders.


May 28, 2019   |  National League of Cities
NLC's State of the Cities - now in its sixth year - is a first-of-its-kind report that benchmarks the top issues that mayors are talking about and the factors driving those priorities.


May 20, 2019   |  ICMA
ICMA compiled model codes and ordinances from around the country to help local government professionals take their community’s sustainability ambitions and turn them into tangible practices. These resources provide links to tools, research, codes, and ordinances categorized by municipal operations, utilities, transportation and land use, and environmental and natural resource management.


May 7, 2019   |  ICMA
An effective volunteer engagement program must be approached from the perspectives of the organization, the population served, and the volunteer. This guide outlines how to develop a culture of volunteerism within your organization and community.


May 7, 2019   |  National League of Cities
In preparation for the 2020 Census, local leaders can support an accurate count by identifying which residents are least likely to participate and investing in targeted outreach to ensure they do. New guidelines can help local leaders estimate the amount of funding needed to work with these hard-to-count communities.


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