What was once a one sided press release or publication, from which citizens received information about things happening in their communities after the plan was in motion, is now becoming more of a conversation to which people have the opportunity to add valuable input. This “exchange of information” is a necessary component of the communication process.
Coworking space provides a professional environment with low operating costs for startups and a lower commitment than opening a traditional storefront. Another large benefit of working in a shared space is the natural networking and collaboration opportunities that happen when multiple businesses and startups work side-by-side.
The annual festival season begins in earnest with the advent of spring. These local celebrations laud the unique character, products, natural resources and traditions of our individual cities. Later this month, many of our cities will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, one of GMA’s popular initiatives. “Georgia Cities: In the Mix” is this year’s theme and will be celebrated April 23-29.
Decentralization of civic buildings is not considered a best practice for downtown revitalization. The effects are damaging if not severe to a town or city’s downtown economy.
President Donald Trump’s voters in rural areas and small towns made a point: they were left behind while a lot of the country made economic progress, and they want that to change.
With the Legislature in session it seems we spend a lot of time defending “local control” and fighting “unfunded mandates.” Each year we get a different set of rules that limit our ability to deliver services expected by the taxpayers while doing so with less revenue.
In the nation’s capital, the remarkable success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election contradicted expectations and changed the way many in Washington understand campaigns and the electorate.
In Georgia, brewers are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they are not allowed to sell to the general public at their production site or associated venue. Georgia’s “three tier system” requirements do not allow for sales on site, while all of the states surrounding Georgia have done away with this specific limitation.
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State address delivered on January 11, 2017.
The New Year is upon us and each new year brings the General Assembly back into session. This time is a critical time for each city official—elected or appointed—to make an effort to educate these well-intended individuals with the issues that impact cities and how we can work together for solutions.
Georgia’s rural healthcare system is in crisis. This is not just a rural problem or a medical problem; it is a problem for all Georgians.
While few of us will have an Olympic athlete from our hometown, the fact is our cities and towns play an important part in the lives of our citizens. For some, what we do as city officials directly impacts their ability to create a better future for themselves.
We must acknowledge and applaud the leaders who recognize that additional training is needed to address the everyday demands of city government.
Small cities in the Southeast act as nerve centers connecting the regional economy. In the South, more than 100 small metro areas are home to 25 million—or 20 percent—of the region’s total population.
Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016.