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March 15, 2019
In Georgia, agriculture isn’t limited to rural areas—several metro cities are introducing innovative ways for their residents and visitors to experience the benefits of gardening and food production within city limits. As de­fined by Greensgrow, urban farming is growing or producing food in a city or heavily populated town or munici­pality.


March 14, 2019   |  Gale Horton Gay
 When Georgia was in the na­tional spotlight during Super Bowl LIII this past January, the focus was on the state’s hospi­tality, entertainment and, of course, the tremendous food and unique gifts. 


March 12, 2019   |  National League of Cities
In this report, the National League of Cities explores how road user charge (RUC) systems can become a practical funding alternative to keep up with the nation’s transportation mobility projects.


March 8, 2019   |  City of Atlanta
The city of Atlanta has created a website to educate the public about shareable dockless mobility devices such as e-scooters and bikes. The website features relevant legislation, guidance on riding and parking, the city's permit program, frequently asked questions, and contact information for providers of shareable dockless mobility devices. 


March 7, 2019   |  Georgia State University Center for State and Local Finance
The designation of historic districts is a popular tool for promoting the preservation of neighborhoods and culturally significant areas as well as for economic development. This report analyzes the effects on property values of being in a nationally or locally recognized historic district.


March 1, 2019   |  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta developed the Southeastern Rental Affordability Tracker to help users explore the availability of affordable rentals and prevalence of cost-burdened households at the state, regional, and local level.


March 1, 2019   |  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
How can public, private, and nonprofit sectors coordinate efforts and integrate new technologies and finance models to meet the needs of both workers and employers? Learn about investing in workforce development systems in the new three-volume book Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers.


February 28, 2019   |  AARP
AARP seeks to help local leaders make their communities more livable for people of all ages. Among the keys to livability is housing that is both suitable for and adaptable to the diverse and ever-changing needs of American households and individuals.


February 20, 2019   |  ICMA
Research has shown that diverse groups outperform homogeneous groups in problem-solving, accuracy, and creativity. However, a diverse workforce rarely happens organically. The purpose of this report is to describe research on local governments that excel in increasing diversity and fostering inclusiveness.


February 18, 2019   |  National League of Cities
Few issues have captured the attention of city leaders like “opportunity zones.” NLC compiled some frequently asked questions, a map of each designated zone, and a host of other external resources to help local officials find answers to their questions.


February 11, 2019
 In 2018, the city of Peachtree City completed its larg­est infrastructure project since the city’s existence— a new spillway for the 240-acre Lake Peachtree.


February 11, 2019
A different form of infrastructure is taking over head­lines, budget items and local government officials’ attention. Referred to as “IT Infrastructure” or the composite hardware, software, network resources and services required for the operation of an entity’s technology environment, municipalities have been diligently working to strengthen theirs and safeguard against cybercrimes.


February 11, 2019
For many, the word “infrastructure,” sparks ideas of roads, bridges, sidewalks and sewers. But for the leaders in Macon- Bibb County, they also include parks and recreation in their list of infrastructure of­ferings.


February 5, 2019   |  National League of Cities
According to numerous surveys, government employees value employer-sponsored benefits highly but remain confused about what their plans offer.


January 31, 2019   |  Center for State and Local Government Excellence
Local government employers have good reason to care about the financial health of their workforce because non-wage benefit compensation plays an important role in workforce recruitment and retention. To help local governments empower their employees, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) has developed a practitioner-oriented report assessing local government employee financial literacy programs.


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