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August 22, 2018   |  The Brookings Institution
As cities enter the next phase of smart technology development, what are the specific strategies needed to realize a smart city vision? Atlanta's experience offers four lessons.


August 20, 2018   |  Engaging Local Government Leaders Network
It is difficult for people to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially people who are passionate about serving the public. But local governments are beginning to tackle these topics in order to serve everyone in an equitable manner.


August 15, 2018
GMA has prepared this brief at the request of our organization’s member cities to provide guidance on negotiating the provision of county road services as part of local service delivery agreements mandated by O.C.G.A. §36-70-20, et. seq., the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) law.


August 15, 2018   |  By Nia Williams
“I want to talk to you about the ‘kindness’ and ‘inclusion’ that is hard,” said GMA Convention Keynote Speaker Celeste Headlee as she opened her “how to” presentation on creating conversa­tion that matters during the 2018 GMA Annual Convention. The journalist, professional speaker and author, went on to equip city officials and opening session attendees with 10 tips to creat­ing meaningful conversation.


August 14, 2018   |  The Pew Charitable Trusts
City leaders across the country want to promote deconstruction as a way to create entry-level construction jobs and reduce demolition waste. But the push has had mixed success, with some programs getting off the ground but others stalling as contractors remain unable to turn a profit.


August 10, 2018   |  Center for Community Progress
Incorporating the arts into place-based community development can spark fresh interest in vacant property. At the same time, creative placemaking, as a community-centered process, is a powerful tool to support equitable revitalization.


August 7, 2018
Becoming an incorporated entity has numerous advantages but also carries various responsibilities.


August 6, 2018   |  Governing Institute
The need for workforce modernization in the public sector has never been greater. To solve multiple challenges in attracting new employees into public service, governments must modernize their approach to hiring and retaining talent.


August 3, 2018   |  WABE
While the center of Atlanta has seen housing demand grow, communities to the west and south continue to deal with a glut of vacant properties. So how did 1004 Lookout become one of them? What turned this property into an empty, dilapidated home?


August 1, 2018   |  Governing Magazine
Across sectors, full-time female employees earn only 83 percent of what full-time male employees earn. The gender pay gap is even bigger for public administration jobs. Governments across the country are now pursuing ways to reduce this historical discrepancy.


August 1, 2018   |  Route Fifty
Impending worker shortages are likely to impact local and state governments. Recruiting younger employees is the obvious solution, but governments often lack the funding or the know-how to do so effectively. Two start-ups are aiming to change that.


July 27, 2018   |  George W. Bush Institute
During a journey across America with his wife, Deborah Fallows, The Atlantic's James Fallows observed a myriad of cities and towns. Which towns recovered most effectively from challenges? Fallows discovered that the answer lies less in national policy but in the local people who care deeply about their home town.


July 25, 2018   |  Fast Company
High-profile, high-budget park projects have woken up many cities to the benefits that green spaces can bring to neighborhoods. But new research shows that parks can be inexpensive, ubiquitous, and simple. Even at the scale of a vacant lot, simply seeing greenery can make us feel better.


July 18, 2018   |  Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government has published the 2019 edition of Compliance Auditing in Georgia Counties and Municipalities. This is the only guide written especially to help those responsible for conducting a specific local government audit.


July 16, 2018   |  Route Fifty
Route Fifty’s research arm, Government Business Council (GBC), set out to identify what local government officials rank as the highest priorities when it comes to the future success of their communities. To that end, the organization collaborated with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and conducted an in-depth study on the priorities of city- and county-level government employees, including a large number of senior staff.


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