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.
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.
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.
One of the frequent questions posed to GMA by city attorneys, city officials and, occasionally, news media representatives, relates to the legality and method of increasing the salaries of elected officials.