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February 11, 2019   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
With the new year comes the familiarity of the start of a new legislative session and GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference. The regular occurrence of these two events reminds us of the need to focus on the issues facing cities under the Gold Dome. And as we take the time to do that, it becomes apparent what the value of cities is to our state.

 

February 11, 2019   |  Susan Moore, GMA, General Counsel
A recent case out of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals adds to the growing body of caselaw addressing how the First Amend­ment applies to social media communication. Although not binding in Georgia because Georgia is in the Eleventh Circuit, the decision may be persuasive in other cases and provides an important lesson for pub­lic officials. It also may present these issues to the United States Supreme Court.
 

 

January 18, 2019   |  Gov. Brian Kemp
Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 17, 2019.

 

January 17, 2019   |  Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director
As we begin the new year, it is always important to examine where we are as an organization and plan our future together. Much time and effort has been given this year to plan for a successful future and ensure we’re focused on meeting the greatest needs of our member cities. 

 

November 9, 2018   |  Kim Holland, Water & Sewer Director, Marietta Power and Water
How do you start your day? Shower? Manda­tory cup of coffee? Whatever your answer, I bet the first minutes of every single day begin with using water in some way. Water is such a fundamental part of our lives, we often take it for granted. Especially here in the U.S., most people don’t appreciate the role that wa­ter plays in their daily life because they have never had to go without it.

 

 

November 8, 2018   |  Kim Skobba and Sharon Liggett Interim Co-Director, Georgia Initiative for Community Housing
Despite its importance, providing an ample range of housing that is affordable, in adequate condition and that matches consumers’ needs and preferences is a great challenge for most com­munities.

 

November 7, 2018   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
By the time you read this, the 2018 mid-term elections will be over. Your feelings about the results of the Nov. 6 elections will undoubtedly depend on your political affiliation. You may be pleased about the results, or you may not. Regardless of your feelings about a particular outcome, it’s hard to ignore the fact many people feel our political divisions are deeper and wider than ever before.

 

November 5, 2018   |  Alison Earles, Associate General Counsel, GMA
In every city where e-scoot­ers have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters on sidewalks, accidents and “near misses” with helmet-less riders on busy streets.

 

October 30, 2018   |  By Susan Moore, General Counsel, GMA
Maurice Walker was arrested by city po­lice on Sept. 3, 2015 for being a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol. Because he was homeless and in­digent, Walker couldn’t pay the stan­dard $160 bail to secure his release and was jailed pending the next mu­nicipal court session. The city of Cal­houn’s municipal court was held each Monday but because the upcoming Monday was Labor Day... 

 

October 29, 2018   |  Lacy Beasley, President & COO, Retail Strategies
Eco­nomic Development professionals were trained to not focus on retail because it will take care of it­self. This philosophy may have been true in a Baby Boomer generation, but it doesn’t stand true in a Millennial generation. Millennials don’t choose their home location based solely on a job.

 

October 15, 2018   |  Steve Dolinger, President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
The economic strength of cities, counties and states lies with their residents and their ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving workforce. In recent years, Georgia has experienced explosive economic growth and is working diligently to sustain it.

 

October 12, 2018   |  Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director
It’s exciting to build upon the successes ACCG and GMA have enjoyed in the past while planning for even greater successes by working together with mutual respect in the future.

 

October 2, 2018   |  Rusi Patel, Senior Associate General Counsel, GMA
There are a number of sharing economy platforms by which homeowners might rent their properties, such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO. However, short-term rentals do not have to utilize such platforms and have historically occurred, especially in vacation communities, through the use of property management companies.

 

October 1, 2018   |  Dwayne Orrick, Assistant Executive Director, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
Having a safe community is becoming as important as a good education system and solid infrastructure. Because of this, it is critical leaders view their police department and its personnel as an investment in the future of their community.

 

October 1, 2018   |  Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President
Much of what we do with the city and our other commitments is focused outward, responding to external demands and pressures and looking to the future. Something that a lot of us don’t focus on, or focus on enough, is taking a hard look inward at our city staff and develop recruitment, retention and succession planning strategies to meet the needs of our cities.
 

 

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