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.
Made in Georgia...from recycled materials campaign last August during its 22nd annual conference.
The Georgia Recycling Coalition launched a
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many companies representing diverse business types have recognized that compact, walkable downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.