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February 11, 2019
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Geor­gia Cities Foundation (GCF). Since GCF’s founding, Georgia’s downtowns have improved significantly due to the foundation’s programs and services.


February 11, 2019
On Jan. 27, nine cities re­ceived a 2019 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by GMA, in conjunction with Georgia Trend Magazine, during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta.


February 1, 2019
GMA’s six policy committees met during GMA’s 2019 Mayors’ Day Conference and hosted more than a dozen General Assembly members, departmental officials, and subject matter experts who touched on current and expected issues of interest to Georgia city officials.


January 31, 2019
The Georgia Municipal Association, Inc. (GMA) is soliciting proposals from firms interested in providing professional architectural services for the construction of a project known as the Georgia Municipal Association New Headquarters and Renovation Project, located in Atlanta, Georgia, consisting of a new building, a parking deck, and a renovation of an existing building.


January 30, 2019
Georgia's cities concluded the annual Mayors' Day Conference with a rally at the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 28. 


January 18, 2019
The House Rural Development Council (RDC) released its recommendations for the 2019 Georgia Legislative Session on Dec. 6, 2018, shortly after their final meeting in Dahlonega. 


January 17, 2019
On May 7, 2018, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 402, the “Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act.” This legislation outlines a multi-agency strategy to provide for planning, incentives and deployment of broadband services to unserved areas throughout the state. The key agencies tasked with developing a multi-faceted approach to statewide broadband planning and implementation include the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Georgia’s State Properties Commission (GSPC). These key agencies form the ACE Project Team.



January 17, 2019
Passed with more than 82 percent of the vote, the Outdoor Stewardship Act is intended to “promote stewardship for state parks, state lands and wildlife management areas, support local parks and trails and protect critical conservation land.”


October 24, 2018
President Trump this week declared several Southwest Georgia counties as federal disaster areas in the wake of Hurricane Michael moving through Georgia last week. The declaration makes federal funding available to individuals in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties.


September 26, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposed order regarding state and local governance of small cell (short range) wireless infrastructure deployment. GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson has served as a member of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and has written a letter of concern to the FCC.


September 26, 2018   |  Route Fifty
The 2020 Census may be two years away, but the federal agency that manages the decennial population count is in preparation mode. And city and county governments have an important role to play in helping the U.S. Census Bureau.


September 24, 2018
The policy-making bodies of GMA and ACCG met for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to discuss issues cities and counties have in common and how local leaders can work together to solve problems.


September 14, 2018
GMA's Legislative Policy Council on Thursday approved a new policy position regarding the creation of new cities in Georgia. The policy was recommended by the Municipal Incorporation, Deannexation and Credit Ratings Task Force, created earlier this year by GMA President Linda Blechinger, Auburn mayor.


September 10, 2018   |  U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau has created the 2020 Census Hourly Jobs website and is hiring across the country. People can apply via their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or personal computer. The website also offers a tool to find local pay rates and allows users to check their application status.


August 27, 2018
Gov. Nathan Deal received the Georgia Key Citizen Award during GMA’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. This award is GMA’s highest form of recognition.


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