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.
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.
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.
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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.
Savannah Shines is a multifaceted, coordinated approach to neighborhood revitalization and will address four areas: private and public property, public safety and community engagement.
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.
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.
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.
At our Annual Convention in June, we recognized the many contributions Lamar Norton made to our association and presented him with the Key Citizen Award, GMA’s highest honor, before bidding him farewell at the end of July. Many of you have inquired about the staff and how we’re faring during the transition. I want to assure you that while we will miss Lamar and his leadership, the staff here remains dedicated to the mission of GMA, and with the active engagement of the membership, we are delivering on it every day.
On July 21, GMA partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), ACCG, Georgia Centers of Innovation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), to host local governments, government associations, and industry and academic leaders for a Smart Communities Workshop. The Smart Communities Workshop is the first step in a larger initiative to launch a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia-wide peer-network and technical assistance program to support smart community projects with local governments.
GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton received the Georgia Key Citizen Award during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. This award is GMA’s highest form of recognition.
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) inducted the late Johnnie Lee Roper, Douglas commissioner, Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler, and Warner Robins City Attorney Jim Elliot, into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame at the association’s annual convention in Savannah Monday, June 26.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on June 25. She is the first official from the city of Albany to serve as president of the association in 72 years.
In a unanimous decision announced on Monday, June 5, the Supreme Court of Georgia held that local sales and use taxes imposed on the retail sale of motor fuel are not “motor fuel taxes.” The court's decision affirms the trial court’s dismissal of the action brought by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) and three trucking companies that contended that sales taxes imposed by local governments on motor fuel can only be expended for “providing and maintaining an adequate system of public roads and bridges” and “road and construction maintenance.”
On Tuesday, May 23, the Trump Administration released its proposed FY2018 budget. In all, the proposal would cut about $54 billion to programs that benefit cities, including elimination of CDBG grants, TIGER grants, EDA, NFIP Flood Hazard Mapping Program, CDFI grants, and elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission; and significant cuts to Byrne Grants, funding for the Corps of Engineers, and water and wastewater loan and grant programs.