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Funding available for outdoor recreation and conservation projects!

May 27, 2020

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The DNR Grants Staff will conduct webinar-based Educational Workshops, covering the highlights of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program and Land and Water Conservation Program and offering training on the application processes. All workshops will be offered at no cost to the public, but we do ask that you RSVP at https://gadnr.org/grants.

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FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

May 27, 2020

FM Global

Through the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education/training and arson prevention/fire investigation.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

May 27, 2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA provides actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied to any disaster operation in the COVID-19 environment, including no-notice incidents, spring flooding and wildfire seasons, and typhoon response.

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Photos and Video Needed from Your City!

May 21, 2020

Interested in showcasing your city during GMA’s virtual convention this year?
 

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Back to Business Webinar

May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it, and many uncertainties remain as local governments prepare to reopen and engage with city employees and residents. This webinar was designed to help with that process and features presentations from GMA, Douglasville, Dublin and Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 05/12 Executive Order

May 20, 2020

On May 12, 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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Summaries of UGA/GMA COVID-19 Survey

May 20, 2020

City governments are on the front line of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of widespread illness impacts how city governments deliver services to the public, how cities interact with state and federal agencies for assistance and how cities solicit the cooperation of the public in the protection of public health. The University of Georgia and GMA conducted a survey of city governments in the state between April 8 and 22 to learn more about how municipalities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This four-part series of essays by Dr. Eric Zeemering summarizes the survey results, explains how city governments remained open and engaged, outlines city-level perspectives on the intergovernmental response to the pandemic and illustrates the networks that have formed to respond to health and economic aspects of the pandemic at the local level.

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COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grants

May 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor

COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) disburse funds through the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to provide critically needed employment to vulnerable Georgians who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19. Funds are intended to provide immediate employment opportunities to Georgians to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

May 18, 2020

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement while prioritizing services for high-need communities.

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Five Ideas to Help Kids and Families

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Georgia's children and families. These five suggestions address challenges arising from the pandemic which could result in better outcomes for Georgia's children and youth. 

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Leading in Crisis: Listen to the Professionals

Leadership Focus

May 14, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

I firmly believe that in the current situation we find ourselves it is now more important than ever for local elected officials to listen to the experts.

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DCA Updates Uniform Chart of Accounts for Local Governments

May 13, 2020

This article contains a series of resources for the updated UCOA for local Georgia governments.

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Public Meeting Options in a COVID-19 World

May 13, 2020

In this video we highlight a variety of public meeting options, hear from the City of Dublin on their efforts & lessons learned, and discuss security tips.

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Public Meeting Options in a COVID-19 World

May 13, 2020

With COVID-19 impacting each of our communities, there has been a lot of discussion on how we can continue to have public meetings that are safe, involve local residents and meet all state requirements. In this video we highlight a variety of options, hear from the City of Dublin on their efforts and lessons learned as well as discuss security tips.

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May 12: Governor Kemp Issues Executive Order for Reviving a Health Georgia

May 12, 2020

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order extending some coronavirus-related restrictions and relaxing others.
 

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Grants for Arts Projects

May 11, 2020

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, this program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

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State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects

May 8, 2020

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA is re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and announces the availability of funds for US States, Territories, Tribal Governments, and local governments to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas.

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Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs with CARES Act Addendum

May 8, 2020

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (PWEAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs.

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National Recreation and Parks Association Offers Guidance for Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities

May 7, 2020

As park and recreation professionals work towards a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to take a thoughtful and methodical approach to reinstating operations that protects public health and safety. This webpage includes guidance on commonly managed park and recreation spaces, facilities and programs outlining considerations for reinstating operations.

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

May 6, 2020

This updated list from the Georgia Department of Public Health lists locations throughout the state offering coronavirus testing.

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CARES Act: Employers Can Defer Employment Tax Payments

May 5, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows employers (and self-employed individuals) to delay paying their portion of social security payroll tax.

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Cities Don't Increase Virus Risk

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May 4, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

An analysis indicates that cases of COVID-19 are more related to what metro area you live in, rather than whether you live in the central city or a suburb. Transit also doesn’t correlate as a significant factor.

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Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

May 4, 2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The purpose of the Fire Prevention & Safety Grant (FP&S) Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development.

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Webinar: GMA Municipal Budget Forecasting and Impact Analysis in Uncertain Times

May 1, 2020

This webinar is designed to help municipal governments handle financial uncertainty during challenging times.

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Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants (Additional Filing Window)

April 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. The agency is providing this additional filing window for those that could not complete applications prior to the Window 1 deadline. This window also makes available up to $25 million received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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Cities are Responding to the Changing Climate

April 30, 2020

By Daniel Rochberg, Emory University Professor and Co-Founder of the Georgia Climate Project

"Implementing innovative and sustainable practices can deliver long-term value by both building resilience to climate-related risks and positioning cities to lead in the economy of the future." - Emory University’s Daniel Rochberg, Co-Founder of the Georgia Climate Project

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Standing with Our Youth to Build a Bright Tomorrow

April 30, 2020

By Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

It is important for us to realize that the issues our young people face aren’t for them to face alone, as these are the issues we must also face and more importantly, address. - By Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

 

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Cities to Airbnb, ‘Pay Up!’

April 30, 2020

By Gwin Hall, Senior Associate General Counsel, GMA

Given the limits state law puts on local revenue sources, finding new money can be difficult. Sometimes, the best way to find “new” money is to make sure your city is collecting all it can from existing revenue sources. - Gwin Hall, Senior Associate General Counsel, GMA
 

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Harnessing Arts and Culture for Responsible Placemaking in Historic Neighborhoods

April 30, 2020

By Dorian McDuffie, Public Art Project Manager, Atlanta City Studio

"Our eagerness to “help” must not be overshadowed by the community’s desire to maintain existing social and cultural codes that existed before our arrival." - Dorian McDuffie, Public Art Project Manager, Atlanta City Studio

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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

April 30, 2020

By GMA President Phil Best and GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson

Georgia’s local officials have been thrust into a situation not of our making, but what is required of us is clear…open and transparent leadership grounded in the common good.

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Deadlines Extended for GMA and GCF Awards

April 30, 2020

Due to the current pandemic, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Cities Foundation have extended the deadlines for several award categories.

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COVID-19 and Georgia's Homeless Population: Impact and Solutions

April 29, 2020

This April 28, 2020, webinar examined how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted Georgia's homeless population. 

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Public Works COVID-19 Strategies: Impacts, Innovations and Lessons Learned

April 29, 2020

Public works officials from Dalton, Gainesville, St. Marys, and Athens-Clarke County provide an overview of how their cities planned for and continue to provide mission critical public works services to address their community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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List of Vendors Offering Personal Protective Equipment to Local Governments

April 28, 2020

This is a list of vendors, which GEMA/HS and other state agencies have used to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during this pandemic. Each company listed successfully delivered PPE to the state of Georgia, but this is not an endorsement or an exhaustive list.

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Water Monitoring Project Makes Savannah a World Leader

April 28, 2020

A few years ago there existed only one gauge in Georgia that monitored tide levels and that was at Fort Pulaski on the Savannah River. Now Georgia is home to more than 40 sensors that keep track of the rise and fall of sea levels in Savannah and Chatham County.

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April 27: Governor Kemp Issues Executive Order Providing Guidance for Businesses

April 28, 2020

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order providing additional guidance for food service establishments, bowling alleys and theaters in response to COVID-19.
 

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Athens-Clarke County COVID-19 Response

April 27, 2020

Kelly Girtz, Athes-Clarke County Mayor

In this short video, Athens-Clarke Mayor Kelly Girtz briefly outlines steps the city has undertaken in response to COVID-19.

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5 Data Backup Statistics That Should Concern Municipalities

CitySmart by Sophicity

April 27, 2020

Jessica Zubizarreta, Account Manager, Sophicity

Many data backup implementations are not reliable and end up failing when municipalities need to restore data after an incident or disaster.

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April 23: Executive Order: Summary for Municipal Governments

April 24, 2020

On April 23, 2020, 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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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

April 24, 2020

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

Georgia DOT partners with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in facilitating and providing an opportunity for local governments to pursue non-traditional transportation related activities such as pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities, and pedestrian streetscaping projects. TAP improves the quality of life for citizens in communities across the state by providing local governments the means to pursue projects that might not otherwise be possible.

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Need to Know: CARES Act 3.5 Update

April 23, 2020

On April 21, the Senate passed an interim package to provide worth $484 billion to small businesses and hospitals. This page summarizes what’s in the bill, the differences between the Coronavirus Relief Find (CRF) in the CARES act and the Coronavirus Community Relief Act (CCRA) and more.

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Need to Know: CARES Act 3.5 Update

April 23, 2020

On April 21, the Senate passed an interim package to provide worth $484 billion to small businesses and hospitals. The House is expected to pass the bill on April 23 and the President has promised to sign the legislation.

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Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program

April 21, 2020

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program will support the development of a nationwide terrorism and targeted violence prevention framework. It is the only federal grant program dedicated to enhancing prevention capabilities in local communities.

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The Value of Georgia’s Cities 2020

April 21, 2020

Georgia Municipal Association

What do Georgia’s cities mean to their local leaders and residents? How can we communicate why they matter? The Georgia Municipal Association provides an annual data snapshot to help answer these questions and tells a brief but comprehensive story of the achievements – and challenges – in its 538 member cities.

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Gov. Kemp Announces Reopening of Georgia Businesses & Provides Additional COVID-19 Updates

April 20, 2020

On April 20, Governor Kemp announced the reopening of certian businesses in Georgia. According to the governor, these listed businesses are not opening for business as usual but with minimum basic operations, adhering to social distancing and sanitation guidance.

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Gov. Kemp Announces Reopening of Georgia Businesses & Provides Additional COVID-19 Updates

April 20, 2020

On April 20, Governor Kemp announced the reopening of certian businesses in Georgia. According to the governor, these listed businesses are not opening for business as usual but with minimum basic operations, adhering to social distancing and sanitation guidance.

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Leading Your Team Remotely During a Crisis

Leadership Focus

April 20, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Although I would hope that working from home and leading remotely doesn’t become the new normal, what leaders everywhere are learning from our current situation will help us better understand how to lead in difficult circumstances in the future.

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FEMA Releases New Disaster Financial Management Guide

April 17, 2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA released a new “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices, which are critical for successful response and recovery. Though the guide is not specifically written for the coronavirus pandemic recovery, the basic concepts are relevant for all disaster recovery situations.

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2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

April 17, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is extending the 2020 Census Self-Response Phase to October 31 and has made other important operational adjustments as summarized on this website.

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Expanded Testing For COVID-19 In Georgia

April 16, 2020

Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide for COVID-19 testing, and is revising the current testing criteria to accommodate more testing of Georgia residents.

Effective immediately, all symptomatic individuals will be eligible for COVID-19 testing. Health care workers, first responders, law enforcement and long-term care facility residents and staff will still be prioritized for testing regardless of whether they are or are not symptomatic.

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COVID-19 and City Budgets: What Georgia’s City Leaders Are Seeing

April 15, 2020

A survey of Georgia cities paints an early snapshot of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal budgets. This report summarizes the findings.

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Office of National Drug Control Policy COVID-19 Fact Sheet

April 15, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is leading efforts to ensure that prevention, treatment, recovery support services, and safe and effective pain management remain available nationwide. This document provides links to a variety of government resources to help citizens with addiction and related issues.
 

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Annual Convention Canceled, Virtual Conference to be Held Instead

April 15, 2020

"Many of you have asked in recent weeks about the status of the Annual Convention, scheduled June 26-30 in Savannah. I want to advise you that following consultation with the Officers and Executive Committee, we have made the decision to cancel the convention as an in-person event and instead hold a virtual conference." - Larry Hanson 

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Annual Convention Canceled, Virtual Conference to be Held Instead

April 15, 2020

"Many of you have asked in recent weeks about the status of the Annual Convention, scheduled June 26-30 in Savannah. I want to advise you that following consultation with the Officers and Executive Committee, we have made the decision to cancel the convention as an in-person event and instead hold a virtual conference." - Larry Hanson 

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COVID-19 Weekly Briefing

April 14, 2020

Join GMA’s Executive Director, Larry Hanson, Dr. Kathleen Toomey from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Homer Bryson with GEMA/HS, Bret Brantley from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Alex Atwood from the Georgia Department of Administrative Services on a call updating mayors and other city leaders on the current state of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Podcast: Census 2020 in an Age of COVID-19

Podcast: Census 2020 in an Age of COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)

Lorena Molina, Director of Operations for the Census Open Innovation Labs, provides an update on how the 2020 Census is being impacted by COVID-19. She also discusses outreach tools and the value of continuing to share the importance of completing the Census during this time of uncertainty.

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Room for Improvement: 2020 Census Self-Response Rates in Georgia's Cities

April 13, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The average 2020 Census self-response rate for Georgia's cities is currently 35.5%. Georgia is in 35th place nationally with 45.5% compared to a national average of 48.1%. We can do better than that.

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USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 13, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Georgia Department of Public Health: Infection Control Guidance for Funeral Homes

April 12, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health has published guidance for funeral and mortuary science practitioners for handling COVID-19-related remains.

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GMA and ACCG’s Summary of Statewide Shelter in Place Executive Order

April 9, 2020

This is a summary prepared by the ACCG and GMA Legal Departments explaining the recent Executive Orders and their impact on local governments.

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Federal Reserve takes additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans

April 9, 2020

The Federal Reserve has taken additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy. This funding will assist households and employers of all sizes and bolster the ability of state and local governments to deliver critical services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Governor Kemp Gives Update on COVID-19 Response

April 8, 2020

Governor Kemp has provided an update on Georgia’s COVID-19 response, which includes extensions to the statewide public health state of emergency and shelter in place order.  
 

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PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program

April 8, 2020

PeopleForBikes

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.

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Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program

April 8, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

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GMA Message to Congress: Support for Cities in 4th Supplemental Aid Package

April 6, 2020

On behalf of GMA and our 538 member cities in Georgia, we are calling on Congress to advance a fourth emergency appropriations package to address the immediate need for local budget relief by making direct emergency funding available to every city in need, regardless of population. Moreover, we call on Congress to include targeted programs focused on the intermediate and long-term needs of residents, households, and small businesses on the economic margins to ensure an economic rebound.

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COVID-19 FAQ for Municipal Government

April 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis evolving rapidly, GMA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document for our members.

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FAQs

April 6, 2020

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The State of Coronavirus in America

Public Square

April 3, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The way the virus has hit states and regions of the country differs greatly. The State of Coronavirus in America looks at divergent health impacts, including varying acceleration and hotspots.

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Municipal Water System Staffing Needs Resource Center

April 2, 2020

City officials across Georgia are continuing to provide critical services to residents and businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In a state where 75% of cities have a population of less than 5000, that often means cities are operating with a limited number of staff. Water is one of the most basic and essential public services, yet small cities that provide water service often have a limited number of water department employees. In Georgia, there are 286 cities with a population below 5,000 that provide their own water distribution, water supply, and water treatment.

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Happy Census Day from the Governor’s Complete Count Committee

April 1, 2020

Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget

This year’s Census Day is one for the record books. For the first time ever, Georgia is completing the majority of our self-responses to the Census online.

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Commissioner of Georgia Department of Public Health Updates Mayors on COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, MD and Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, shared an overview of the current status of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s ongoing response from her medical perspective. In the call, she also answers some frequently asked questions from city leaders about the virus.

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DCA Provides Program Updates & Deadline Extensions due to COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Find detailed information on the updated programs, application deadline extensions and more.

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National Census Day at National League of Cities

National Census Day at National League of Cities

April 1, 2020

National League of Cities (NLC)

It’s Census Day! The National League of Cities is excited to support municipal leaders with information and tools to best implement Get–Out–The Count (GOTC) plans.

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DCA Provides Program Updates, Deadline Extensions in Response to COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Find detailed information on the updated programs, application extensions and more due to COVID-19.

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2020 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

March 30, 2020

Georgia Institute of Technology

The 2020 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart) is now accepting applications from all Georgia communities. GMA, along with other organizations, is a partner with Georgia Tech in this effort.

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2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

March 30, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations, but local officials can continue to provide information and encourage communities to complete their census questionnaires now.

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