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May 14, 2018   |  The Volcker Alliance
According to a new report, government agencies should promote a sense of duty, provide opportunities for professional development, help build professional networks and implement mentor programs to form and maintain a pipeline of leadership.


May 11, 2018   |  Eric Fraker and Leann Walker of Home Depot
Home Depot representatives walk webinar participants through the sign-up process and data review for the Home Depot eProcurement Program offered through GMA.


May 1, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CUPP program provides a creative approach to partnering and delivering technical assistance to small underserved communities from local colleges and universities at no cost to the communities.


April 23, 2018   |  Curbed
It is almost taken for granted that smart cities, online municipal services, and internet-of-things technology will continue to proliferate, advance, and improve urban life. But the continued adoption of these services and technologies by cities hasn’t been paralleled by similarly sophisticated investments in security.


April 18, 2018   |  Route Fifty
A proactive approach to impending retirements by viewing them as an opportunity rather than a threat and asking the right questions can facilitate succession planning for local governments.


April 12, 2018   |  Center for State and Local Government Excellence
New research suggests that cuts to public employee pension benefits have made it more difficult for state and local governments to recruit employees and compete with the private sector.


April 9, 2018
As Georgia downtowns continue to flourish, delivery trucks present an increasing challenge for cities.


April 9, 2018   |  Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have concluded the 2017 Georgia Water and Wastewater Rates Survey. The data collected via the survey is available in a free, interactive dashboard that allows users to compare rates among utilities according to multiple factors, including utility size, water source, river basin, geographic radius and median household income.


April 9, 2018   |  PNC Bank
In a recent survey conducted by PNC Bank, municipal bond analysts assess important trends in the municipal bond market, including likely impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and infrastructure proposals at the federal level.


April 6, 2018   |  Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 American Mayors Survey is the largest comprehensive public-opinion survey of mayors and city managers. It reveals the most important issues and challenges for American leaders as well as strategies underway to address them. 


April 6, 2018   |  National League of Cities
The National League of Cities released an update to its report, City Rights in an Era of Preemption, that reveals state preemption of local authority is increasing throughout the country. 


April 6, 2018   |  Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population.


April 2, 2018   |  ICMA & Microsoft
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) teamed up with its strategic partner Microsoft in 2017 for a report on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources provides local officials on what policies and procedures local governments are undertaking to protect their computer systems from attacks.


March 29, 2018   |  Sara Friedman, GCN
To get an accurate count of nation's population, the Census Bureau depends on state and local government officials and community leaders to get the word out about the importance of every household responding.  To help communities tailor their outreach efforts that encourage residents to mail in their census forms, the bureau designed the nationwide Response Outreach Area Mapper that displays the predicted mail-in reply rates by census tract.


March 27, 2018   |  National League of Cities
Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, a new report released March 12, 2018, by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the urban-rural divide and encourages stronger links between urban and rural areas to spur economic growth.


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