For years cities in Georgia have been waiting for their downtowns to be discovered by developers. They know their downtowns are as yet undiscovered jewels, just waiting on that visionary developer to invest in mining them, polishing them and reaping the financial rewards of their discoveries.
The question is, ‘how do we as city officials get the state to learn to trust her local governments and not legislate to the least common denominator?’ The answer begins with us.
Robots milking cows, droids picking fruit and scouting pest invasions of peanut fields and weather forecasting 10 times more accurate than current predictions are all about to find their way into Georgia’s fields and pastures.
recent poll shows that that 70 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of local elected officials. Such a response validates the trust citizens place in their local officials and reinforces a core principal of democracy: the active participation of citizens in politics and civic life.
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.
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.
Across the U.S., more communities are vying to become “walkable” places, where residents and visitors alike can access key services and opportunities on foot, and reap the health, safety and economic benefits that active travel provides. Though many factors influence walkability in a community, arguably the most important is the presence of sidewalks. Sidewalks are dedicated spaces for pedestrians, providing a safe and comfortable place to walk. A continuous and cohesive sidewalk network can increase opportunities for active transportation, enabling pedestrians of all ages and abilities to get where they want to go.
Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 17, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.