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November 8, 2018   |  Governing Magazine

Most local governments haven’t been on hiring sprees lately. But one area where they appear to be adding employees is finance. Recent Census data shows that employees working in this sector increased 5.4 percent between 2014 and 2017.


November 8, 2018   |  Curbed
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. Here are 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places.


November 6, 2018
 Hurricane Michael, a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall on the Florida pan­handle on Oct. 10, moved into Southwest Georgia as a category 3 hurricane—the first time in 120 years a storm of that force has hit Southwest Georgia. In its aftermath, Mi­chael left one dead in Georgia, hundreds of thousands without power or water, farmers’ crops destroyed and tons of debris. Despite the destruction, communities are showing how resilient they are.


October 31, 2018   |  Remix
In the past year, cities have been prompted to rapidly re-examine the management and regulation of transportation services due to the influx of micromobility. This article surveys over a dozen emerging micromobility data sharing policies to identify core features.


October 31, 2018   |  National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) offers city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage new shared active transportation companies, from dockless bike share bikes to electric scooters.


October 31, 2018
Local governments across the nation are be­coming rich targets for cyber criminals, in­cluding some Georgia cities. Hinesville City Attorney Linnie Darden, III shared with Geor­gia’s Cities more on Hinesville’s recent ran­somware attack, which affected the Police Department, the Inspections Department, Code Enforcement, Water Utility Billing De­partment, Business Licenses and the Human Resources Department.


October 29, 2018
Downtown Atlanta is coming full circle—from highlighting its historic beginnings to preparing for massive transformation and de­velopment, which will lead the area into the future. The GMA home office is right in the middle of it all.


October 26, 2018
As economic development continues to evolve, development professionals statewide are charged to find innova­tive ways to keep their communities thriving. Georgia’s Cities sat down with two city economic develop­ment directors: Shirlynn Brownell of Brookhaven and Brian Wismer of Fayetteville to learn how their roles have changed, useful tips and tactics and what’s next for their cities.


October 26, 2018
In September and October of 2018, ACCG and GMA co-hosted a regional workshop series to inform local officials about telecommunications issues in Georgia, including the technology and equipment needed to provide wireless and fiber broadband service to Georgia’s urban and metro areas, current telecom law, franchise and right-of-way agreements, and federal and state legislation. This article contains video and slide decks from one of these workshops.


October 24, 2018   |  National League of Cities
This National League of Cities action guide is meant to give cities the ability to better understand and approach the impending rollout of autonomous vehicles in their cities.


October 16, 2018   |  National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
To help municipalities improve their data policies and practices, this guide assembles lessons from the experiences of partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership network and similar organizations. The guide presents advice and annotated resources for a comprehensive data governance program.


October 16, 2018
GMA provides International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Lite memberships to Georgia cities with population less than 2,500 at no cost to those cities. The IMLA Lite membership provides registration benefits and well as other education and infomation sharing opportunities.


October 14, 2018
Cities statewide are uncovering innovative ways to not only transform underutilized areas of their downtowns, but also transform historic buildings to drive business and create a sense of “place.”


October 10, 2018   |  Urban Institute
To better understand how creative placemaking can enhance community safety, the Urban Institute studied several creative placemaking efforts, examining their design, implementation, challenges, and successes.


October 4, 2018   |  The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

Human resources departments for some state and local governments are trying to improve how to attract and retain employees according to new research by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and Kronos, a firm specializing in workforce-related services.


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