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June 13, 2018
Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.


May 21, 2018
It all started with a Snow Day Photo Contest. In January, the city of Jesup saw its first snow day in 30 years, and City Clerk and Treasurer Rose Marcus-Jackson knew that was the perfect time to engage residents and encourage them to show off their photography skills.


April 17, 2018
March 10-15 was a busy week for Georgia city officials in Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference. A total of 78 Georgia city officials and GMA staff participated in the conference, which focused on municipal federal advocacy priorities including infrastructure funding and preemption of local authority over telecommunications regulations.


April 12, 2018
The city of Newnan will host a new outdoor film series on Friday, April 27, during Georgia Cities Week. “The Founder” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Greene,” which were both filmed in Newnan, will be shown on the sides of buildings located in the city.


March 15, 2018
In a decision issued today in the case of City of Union Point v. Greene County, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the order of the trial court that found portions of the Service Delivery Act (SDS Act) unconstitutional. Specifically, the Court found that the judicial dispute resolution process was constitutional and rejected the trial court’s reliance on Turner County v. City of Ashburn, 293 Ga. 739 (2013).


February 20, 2018
Past and present GMA lead­ers met at the Atlanta Com­merce Club on Sunday, Jan. 21 for the association’s first Past Presidents’ Dinner. Laughter and memories filled the eve­ning as 21 past presidents and their spouses joined three for­mer executive directors, Lamar Norton, Jim Higdon and Jim Burgess; GMA’s current Execu­tive Director Larry Hanson, and GMA officers.


February 19, 2018
On Dec. 19, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Councilmember Quincy Holton were recognized with the Life­time Service Award from GMA. Gravitt was recognized for his 51 years of ser­vice to the city, and Holton was rec­ognized for his 49 years of service to Cumming.


January 25, 2018   |  Mayor Phil Best of Dublin, GMA's Second Vice President
Fourteen Georgia mayors were among 100 mayors from around the country who met with President Donald Trump this week for “Mayors’ Day at the White House: A Conversation with President Trump.” 


January 3, 2018   |  By Tom Crawford
Georgia lawmakers are indicating they will move ahead with legislation in the upcoming General As­sembly session that could have a major financial and administrative impact on the state’s municipalities. 


October 24, 2017
Earlier this year, a group of local elected officials launched the “75 South Corridor Coalition” to improve branding and better communicate the resources and opportunities between the metro areas of Atlanta and Macon.


September 29, 2017
Recognizing a need to provide assistance to Georgia’s firefighters when they contract cancer, while also protecting the financial interests of Georgia cities, GMA worked with firefighters, elected officials and insurance industry experts to identify a compromise solution. The result of these efforts, and with support from Representative Micah Gravley and Senator John Albers, has been the 2017 passage of House Bill 146, known as the Firefighter Cancer Insurance bill.


September 22, 2017
Some GMA members have received emails that appear to come from trusted staff at GMA. These emails indicate the city is being invoiced by GMA and contains a link to an invoice. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.


August 31, 2017
The GMA Governmental Relations team has been very busy this summer with workshops on topics from opioids to small cells to creating guideance for cities with regard to newly enacted laws. This article provides an overview of the various issues that GMA member cities should be aware of now.


August 23, 2017
There is more long-term housing in Macon-Bibb County thanks to the grand opening of Bayside Village. This housing complex, which was made possible through partnership with Macon-Bibb County and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includes 16, one-bedroom, energy efficient apartments.


August 23, 2017
The city of Milton broke from a “traditional” city hall design to one that blends its heritage and a modern workplace. In June, the city celebrated the grand opening of the new Milton City Hall, a 33,500-square-foot building that fos­ters collaboration between staff and city departments and engages community members on a more personal level. The new city hall was designed by COOPER CARRY, a global architecture firm founded in 1960.


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