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June 18, 2014
During this recorded live webinar, presenters provided an overview of land bank authorities (LBA), including changes enacted to the Land Bank Act of 2012 and how to determine the need for a LBA. Also discussed is how to establish or restart a LBA, as well as funding considerations. Special considerations for small and/or rural communities were also addressed.


June 11, 2014
GMA has prepared three tutorials highlighting Georgia’s laws on weapons and firearms. Part 1 covers existing law, changes to such existing law, and background information. Part 2 covers government buildings, and Part 3 covers courthouses, schools, polling places, public housing, commercial service airports, and the discharge of firearms. Additionally, GMA has prepared a PowerPoint presentation of the tutorials and a quick summary of the new laws.


June 8, 2014
Union City, in partnership with GMA, recently hosted its 2014 Hometown Connection event. The program culminated into a meeting with county, state, and federal officials for the purpose of sharing critical information regarding initiatives designed to move the city forward.


June 8, 2014
On a recent spring day, students from Stewart Middle School in Douglasville were the first to use 100 new Nexus 7 tablets as part of the opening of a new com­puter lab at the Jesse Davis Park community center in Douglasville.


June 8, 2014
When the city of Statesboro partnered with Georgia Southern University (GSU) to open a campus downtown, the idea was to boost economic development, give a stronger presence to the university and to bring more jobs to the area, explained Allen Muldrew, Statesboro’s downtown director. That was nearly three years ago. Today the partnership has blossomed into a full-fledged business incubator that will soon occupy two buildings downtown featuring office space and a fabrication laboratory equipped with cutting edge technology and tools.


May 28, 2014
A new report on city small business development efforts was recently released by the National League of Cities (NLC), calling on local governments to make small business development a priority and create “ecosystems” that support small business growth.


May 9, 2014
After the February ice storms hit north Georgia, Rome Arborist Terry Paige knew there would be damage to some of the city’s trees, as extreme weather is often harmful to trees in urban environments. However, the regular attention Paige and his staff pay to the city’s trees helped to lessen the blow.


May 9, 2014   |  Gloria Hardegree
The Georgia Recycling Coalition launched a Made in Georgia...from recycled materials campaign last August during its 22nd annual conference.


May 9, 2014   |  Kirby A. Glaze
“We’re not building the Taj Mahal.” Have you ever heard a public official use those words to describe a new public project? The reference is to the perception of opulence, a monument to one’s own self-importance. But in not building the Taj Mahal, what are we building?


May 8, 2014
According to Sabrina Cape, Certified Public Accountant at Capable Financial Solutions, municipal fiscal sustainability is more than just a math exercise of balancing revenues to expenditures. She says it’s also a matter of evaluating (or reevaluating) what kinds and levels of services cities will provide before they determine how to fund those services.


May 8, 2014
Thanks to recent efforts by several Georgia cities, including Hawkinsville, St. Marys, Columbus and Darien, and programs by organizations such as the Yellow River Trail Network, Georgia River Network and the Georgia Conservancy, there is a heightened awareness of Georgia’s rivers and people now have more access to enjoy the beauty and peace the rivers offer.


April 4, 2014
Just as the Vidalia Sweet Onion, makes its appearance in early spring, so will Vidalia’s newest project. The Vidalia City Park is now in the final stages of completion and according to Vidalia Finance Director and City Clerk William Bedingfield, the excitement is beginning to grow as each layer of the structure is completed.


April 4, 2014   |  Hasco Craver, IV
Cities across Georgia continue to operate in a hyper-competitive environment; the competition for investment opportunities has intensified and the current state of the global marketplace has created challenges not witnessed in generations.


April 4, 2014
The city of Locust Grove has a new amenity that is attracting visitors to its downtown. The city recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new train viewing platform—a years-long vision that became a reality.


April 4, 2014   |  Michael Notartomaso
More than 10,000 Americans turn 60 every day and that figure will increase to over 12,500 a day through 2020.The Census Bureau projects that Americans 65 and older will make up 19 percent of the population by 2030.


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