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November 29, 2017
FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunica­tions and Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. It has a mission to develop, build and operate a nationwide broadband network that will equip all manners of first responders with the technology to help save lives and protect communities. It was first authorized by Congress in 2012 and was allotted 20 MHz of radio spectrum to build the network. Learn more below about FirstNet and how it will apply to specific cities.

 

November 27, 2017   |  National League of Cities
Throughout much of our history, children have grown up to reach a higher standard of living than their parents. While this has never been realized by all groups, the hope for a better life lies at the heart of the American Dream—if you work hard, you can be successful. But ...

 

November 27, 2017   |  National League of Cities
As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs. 

 

November 17, 2017   |  National League of Cities
The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Cities and the Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders is a nationwide analysis of the current state of the ‘sharing economy’ and smart city technologies— including drones—and their impact on cities. 

 

November 17, 2017   |  Schneider Electric
This webinar, presented by Christie Williams and Trent Egbert of Schneider Electric, focuses on the use of performance contracts as a means for city governments in Georgia to lower operating costs through investment in efficient city infrastructure. During the webinar, the presenters focus on the strategies cities should employ when seeking an energy service company for this type of performance contracting.

 

November 15, 2017   |  Gale Horton Gay
Risk and managing risk is something cities big and small, urban and rural have in common.

 

November 14, 2017
Throughout the state, city leaders are beginning to see their younger resi­dents as a resource for community problem-solving, which has sparked an interest and investment in forming youth councils. 

 

November 3, 2017   |  Americans for the Arts
A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.

 

November 1, 2017
In this recording, Collaborative Learning Network president and founder Nick Salmon reviews a number of case studies that showcase how communities have creatively worked to site and construct schools. These examples of local, creative problem solving from across the nation highlight how school siting decisions can meet the needs of students, teachers, school systems, and the greater community.

 

November 1, 2017
In this recording, Katherine Moore, Sustainable Growth Program Director with the Georgia Conservancy, discusses why we should recognize school facilities as critical public infrastructure and how thoughtful planning of facility location and campus design is integral to overall community sustainability. She reviews current Georgia Department of Education school siting guidelines, state funding of school construction, EPA school siting guidelines, and the role of community values in school siting discussions.

 

October 31, 2017   |  Center for State & Local Government Excellence
This report reflects the latest public sector workforce trends as reported by human resources personnel within state and local government.

 

October 26, 2017
As economic development continues to evolve, development professionals statewide are charged to find innova­tive ways to keep their communities thriving. Georgia’s Cities sat down with three city economic develop­ment directors to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics, and what’s next for their cities.

 

October 18, 2017
A living wage calculator combines minimum household costs with approximate income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs.

 

October 17, 2017
It’s been 20 years since the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) started transform­ing the Atlanta-located Lindbergh MARTA Station into one of the country’s first transit-oriented develop­ment (TOD) projects—complete with housing, retail and rider amenities. Today, MARTA is taking this TOD project and four other stations to the next level of de­velopment. 
 

 

September 20, 2017   |  Next Century Cities
The Playbook includes learning from the three Benton Next Generation Engagement Award winning cities (awarded in 2016), as well as other best practices and city models. It is geared towards local government leaders and practitioners as they work to more effectively empower residents using broadband connectivity.

 

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