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Distilling the Basics of Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Regulation

October 29, 2020

October 2020 - Fourth Edition

This publication is to familiarize city officials with some of the important basics in the area of alcoholic beverage regulation.

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National Leadership Grants for Museums

October 28, 2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The goal of National Leadership Grants (NLG) for Museums is to support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can strengthen services for the American public.

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Museums for America

October 28, 2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

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Grooming Future Leaders of Tomorrow

October 26, 2020

Sara Baxter

Youth in Dublin have a chance to learn about city government, participate in the court system and gain valuable job experience – all before they’re 18.

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Resources for Municipal Leaders to Help Ensure a Fair and Free Election

October 22, 2020

With early voting already underway for the 2020 Presidential Election, it’s critical that municipal leaders throughout the state have access to information that will help them provide and ensure a fair and free election in their communities. The resources listed below will help city leaders stay informed and aware during this time.

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National League of Cities' Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Program

October 21, 2020

Strengthening the capacity to build more equitable communities. Established in the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, MO, the REAL department offers tools and resources designed to help local elected leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically.

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Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution Violence Against Women Act (S.T.O.P. VAWA) Grant Program

October 21, 2020

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is designated by the Governor of Georgia as the State Administering Agency for criminal justice and victims’ assistance programs. CJCC is charged with fiscal and programmatic oversight of the S.T.O.P. VAWA.

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Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice

October 21, 2020

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The goal of the Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States.

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Investing in a City Health District During the Pandemic

Public Square

October 19, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Memphis, Tennessee, shows the benefits of having community investment and social infrastructure, supported by philanthropy and institutions, in place during a pandemic.

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Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

October 15, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans.

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Downtown Developments: Businesses and Local Governments Adapt for the Future

October 12, 2020

By GMA’s Cindy Eidson and Chris Higdon

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Guyton Wins GMA’s 2020 Census Challenge

October 12, 2020

In July, GMA created the 2020 Census Challenge to help encourage the self-response rates in all of Georgia’s cities.

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‘Be WHO You Needed When YOU Were Younger:’ Attracting Young Adults to the Workforce

October 12, 2020

By Nikki Perry

Upon entering the workforce during the Great Recession of 2008, many millennials took whatever employment was available and are still job-hopping to catch up on their careers. Now in 2020, as Generation Z begins graduating college, they face similar prospects in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic that abruptly halted a booming economy. Welcome to adulthood, Gen Z.

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Cities Explore Succession & Replacement Planning

October 12, 2020

By Catherine Bennett and Tate Fowler, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA

"What is a succession plan and is it right for your city? To understand what your answer may be, we must first understand the difference between a replacement plan and a succession plan."

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GMA Cares Because Cities Are Essential

Viewpoints

October 12, 2020

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"As we navigate through these unprecedented times, I continue to be so impressed by the leadership and dedication of our city officials". - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Words Matter: Setting the Tone for Political Discourse

Viewpoints

October 12, 2020

By Vince Williams, GMA President

I believe city officials can, and should, set the standard for political discourse for others to follow.

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Racial Equity Tools Glossary

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

October 5, 2020

Racial Equity Tools

Words and their multiple uses reflect the tremendous diversity that characterizes our society. The purpose of this glossary is to achieve some degree of shared understanding and to enhance the quality of dialogue on equity and inclusion.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - COVID-19 Supplemental Supplemental Round 2 (AFG-S 2)

October 5, 2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental Round 2 (AFG-S 2) is a supplemental funding opportunity under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Funding made available in this modified NOFO for a second application period of AFG-S funding is limited to volunteer and combination fire departments.

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Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants

October 1, 2020

State Farm Companies Foundation

Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants help build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States.

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CSX Community Service Grants

October 1, 2020

CSX Transportation

CSX supports local and regional community organizations that serve the needs of communities in which CSX operates and where its employees live and work.

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Fire Chiefs Association Creates Diversity and Inclusion Guide

October 1, 2020

International Association of Fire Chiefs

The International Association of Fire Chiefs' Guide for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Department offers ways to increase the levels of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in eight specific areas of your department or organization.

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Georgia Bikes Offers Free Officer Training Courses

October 1, 2020

Georgia Bikes

Part of Georgia Bike’s safety education mission is partnering with cities and corresponding law enforcement agencies in Georgia to help officers better understand laws related to bicycling in the state.

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Community Connect Grants

September 24, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Community Connect program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses.

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Land & Water Conservation Fund Grants

September 24, 2020

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress for the purpose of acquiring federal lands and assisting states and local governments with funds to acquire lands and develop and renovate outdoor recreation facilities.

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Engaging Youth in Douglasville: Providing an Alternative to Gangs

September 24, 2020

Sara Baxter

Innovative program educates youth on the dangers of joining gangs and gives them tools for a better life.

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Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS-SC)

September 22, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face.

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"Maker" Districts Could Spur Revitalization

Public Square

September 21, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Cities are encouraging small manufacturing to promote inclusive economic development and livable wages in downtowns and main streets.

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2021 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)

September 16, 2020

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)

GEFA is soliciting 2021 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) projects with a pre-application deadline of February 26, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 09/15/2020 Executive Order

September 16, 2020

On September 15, Governor Kemp issued an extensive and detailed Executive Order. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department explaining that order and its impact on local governments.

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Chadwick Boseman: A Man for Our Times

Leadership Focus

September 14, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

In a world divided by fear, anger and hyper-partisan politics, we need heroes who can bring us together across all demographic lines while inspiring in us a sense of hope. Heroes who live their lives reflecting for all of us grace, humility, determination and the dignity of the human spirit.

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Jobs Plus Initiative

September 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing.

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

September 10, 2020

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. This is accomplished by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.

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5 Resources for Leaders to Commit to Racial Equity

5 Resources for Leaders to Commit to Racial Equity

September 4, 2020

GovLoop

Talking about race and taking deliberate actions around race can be awkward and confusing. But you’re not alone, and you don’t need to figure it out alone. Here are five resources from GovLoop to help.

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Introduction to the Human Resources Discipline of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Introduction to the Human Resources Discipline of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

September 3, 2020

Society for Human Resource Management

The diversity, equity and inclusion function deals with the qualities, experiences and work styles that make individuals unique as well as how organizations can leverage those qualities in support of business objectives. Studies show that teams or organizations made up of individuals with a diverse mix of qualities, experiences and work styles tend to have available a richer set of ideas, perspectives and approaches to a business issue.

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Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

September 3, 2020

Society for Human Resource Management

We all have a part to play in undoing institutional bias. When leaders communicate the why, align new anti-bias initiatives with the organization's strategic priorities, and do the tough work of identifying and fixing barriers within their organization, they're more likely to get buy-in from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

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Georgia Public Health Emergency Declaration: Guidance for Local Governments on Financial Reporting Requirements

September 2, 2020

As a result of Governor Kemp’s Public Health Emergency Declaration, certain local governments and authorities have extensions on reporting requirements.

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