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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.


August 28, 2018   |  Caroline Dorsey, GMA Assistant General Counsel
Can your employer discipline you for a social media post?


August 20, 2018   |  Steve Card, CPRP, Executive Director, Georgia Recreation and Park Association
Local parks and recreation play a key role in achieving these desired outcomes. Through fa­cilities and programming, community members en­gage in the outdoors, get healthier and connect to places to find relaxation.


July 6, 2018   |  Michele Arwood, Executive Director, Thomasville Center for the Arts
Tucked amid the longleaf pines in the southwest corner of Georgia lies Thomasville. A quintessential rural southern city where one feels a palpable sense of place and strong community pride in the historic assets.


June 29, 2018   |  Linda Blechinger, GMA President
The act of civility will bring people to the table. Embracing kindness will allow for discourse and the exchange of ideas. And it will be through the act of inclusion that the solutions to the issues we face in our communities will be solved.


May 23, 2018   |  Rusi Patel Patel, GMA Senior Associate General Counsel
A few weeks ago I was driving through a small town in Indiana. It was sleeting and snowing and cold. It also happened to be the day of “March for Our Lives,” a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun regulations. Despite the terrible weather, as I drove by the courthouse I noted dozens of people out on the courthouse steps. It reminded me of my time working for a city in Southeastern Georgia almost a decade ago when we had a similarly sized Tea Party protest in front of the courthouse on a miserably hot summer day.


May 21, 2018   |  By Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group
According to a recent Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Forecast, “The Top Workplace Trends According to HR Professionals,” 57 percent of the responding HR professionals foresee a shortage of skilled workers having a major strategic impact on their organizations. 


May 18, 2018   |  Harlem Mayor Roxanne Whitaker
Let me welcome you to Harlem, Georgia—the birthplace of Oliver Hardy and home to the Harlem Bulldogs. Harlem is the smaller of two municipalities located in one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia—Columbia County (approximately 150,000 residents). 


May 16, 2018   |  Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director
Days after the 2018 legislative session ended, many Georgians flocked to Augusta to watch some of the world’s best golfers take to the course. It seems appropriate to me that the two events, the Masters and the session, follow so closely. 


April 13, 2018   |  Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director, Detroit Future City
Many of Detroit’s neighborhoods still struggle with high rates of poverty and disinvestment, with 36 percent of residents who live below the federal poverty line and 52 percent of residents live in areas of concentrated poverty. It’s not unusual to have to respond to divestment with a high level of targeted investment to create transformational change. 


April 12, 2018   |  Kendra Briechle, Community and Economic Development Manager, The Conservation Fund
At first blush, you might not think about conservation as a contributor to your community’s economic health. But numerous communities in Georgia and across the country have realized that natural resources, as well as cultural and heritage assets, are key economic and community investments.


April 12, 2018   |  Caroline Dorsey, Assistant General Counsel, GMA
As you are likely aware, Georgia law provides some protection to public officers and employees from personal liability for official actions. This protection is known as the doctrine of official immunity. Official immunity, sometimes referred to as qualified immunity, is different than sovereign immunity, which protects the governmental entity when an official is sued in his or her official capacity.


April 12, 2018   |  Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, GMA President
This past month I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to over 450 newly elected city officials during their mandated training session in Athens and Tifton. I touched on a number of different things with our newly elected brethren. One thing I hit on was the purpose of being an elected official and the current environment in which we serve.


April 11, 2018   |  Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Staff
Local leaders have realized that preserving their downtown corridors supports the stability of their communities and maintains that which makes it unique. This, in turn, makes these areas more desirable destinations and helps stabilize real estate prices. 


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