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March 10, 2014   |  Katherine Moore, AICP, Georgia Conservancy Sustainable Growth Program Manager
A community’s health is not only measured in the bodily health of its residents, but also in its ability to both weather and adapt to change. The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth program is helping communities consider both of these factors through the lens of school location.


March 6, 2014
The Great Promise Partnership brings together local government, private sector partners, schools, community partners, students and innovative programming to help at-risk students graduate and become productive members of their communities.


February 11, 2014
Dr. James Johnson, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussed disruptive economics during GMA's 2014 Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta, noting that the country and Georgia are becoming more diverse and older.


February 7, 2014   |  Josephine Kelly, Vice President, Georgia Downtown Association.
It has been a long standing tradition within the Georgia Main Street program to develop a strong network between practitioners and experts to build best practices in Georgia’s downtowns.


February 7, 2014
In January, GeorgiaForward kicked off its second annual Young Gamechangers program in Dublin convening 34 of the state’s most promising young leaders, with the goal of helping the community “re-vision’” itself as a vibrant 21st century community.


December 6, 2013
GMA conducted a one hour webinar on December 5, 2013 to highlight recent changes to Georgia’s immigration laws and to review reporting requirements for SAVE and E-Verify.


November 27, 2013
This video on budget preparation, presented by Pam Helton, Director of Consulting Services at the Georgia Municipal Association, is designed to provide an overview of the budgeting process for small cities.


November 22, 2013   |  U.S. EPA
Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.


October 30, 2013
Preclearance of voting issues, including municipal districts, precinct locations and annexation approval, is no longer required because of a decision from the United States Supreme Court earlier this summer.


June 26, 2013
A collaborative of nonprofit organizations, including Center for Community Progress, has released the comprehensive Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual to guide stakeholders through the process of creating new – and working with existing – land bank authorities.


May 30, 2012
Georgia cities that have a prosecuting attorney's office for their municipal court are required to submit copies of the resolution or ordinance creating the office to the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia.


April 27, 2012
On February 8, 2012, Superior Court Judge David Barrett entered a 52-page final consent order in the service delivery litigation between Gwinnett County and the cities.


January 26, 2011
During 2010, GMA and the Georgia Cities Foundation engaged the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to conduct a comprehensive study of downtowns in Georgia.


May 1, 2010
The budget process can often prove to be an arduous task, especially during difficult economic times. While there is a limited amount of money that cities use within the state budget, a large majority of the funds that are used by cities is received at the local level.


April 6, 2010
Downtown development authorities are used in cities throughout the state as a mechanism to revitalize and redevelop municipal central business districts. City officials should understand how DDAs are created, what DDAs are empowered to do and the roles and responsibilities of DDA members.


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