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Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

January 20, 2022

National Park Service

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program extends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service to communities throughout the nation.

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Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP)

January 19, 2022

USDA Rural Development

The purpose of the REPP is to provide financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy to help meet our nation's energy needs and combat climate change while prioritizing environmental justice, racial equity and economic opportunity.

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Pre-approved Accessory Units Streamline Small-scale Infill

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January 19, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The idea of a municipality offering pre-approved plans for small-scale infill development offers potential for revitalization of communities of all sizes.

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Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP)

January 18, 2022

U.S. Department of Labor

HVRP has two core objectives: 1) to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and 2) to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

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January 28 is Earned Income Tax Assistance Day

January 18, 2022

On Friday, January 28, 2022, join communities across the country in celebrating the 16th annual Earned Income Tax Assistance (EITC) Awareness Day! This opportunity helps Georgia cities partner with community organizations, schools, employers, and others to increase the number of households claiming the EITC and other tax credits.

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Innovate for All

January 14, 2022

Partnership for Inclusive Innovation

Georgia’s innovators with inclusive ready to scale project proposals that enhance access to innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship resources are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Safety First Challenge for Safer Streets

January 14, 2022

National League of Cities

On December 6th, the National League of Cities (NLC) launched a new “Safety First Challenge” to build a coalition of 100+ cities and towns in 100 days who want to join the safety movement by taking steps in their communities to bring forward solutions.

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Gov. Kemp's 2022 State of the State Address

January 13, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp

Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 13, 2022.

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Firefighter Cancer: 2021 Incentive Winners and 2022 LGRMS Action Plan

January 13, 2022

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and FCSN have partnered to designate January as Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. They would like you to know that occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for firefighters and suggest building your awareness on different fire cancer related topics each week.

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Report: Navigating a Crisis: An Uneven Recovery for Communities and Organizations in the Southeast

January 11, 2022

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Community and Economic Development

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta recently published a new report titled, “Navigating a Crisis: An Uneven Recovery for Communities and Organizations in the Southeast.” This report captures and highlights the community and organizational impacts they heard directly from interviewees throughout this process, including GMA's Director of Federal Relations & Research Becky Taylor and Director of Strategic Initiatives Brian Wallace.

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U.S. Supreme Court Update

January 10, 2022

During GMA's January 4, 2022, Cities Connect call with Georgia city officials, State and Local Legal Center Executive Director Lisa Soronen discussed a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that will impact Georgia's cities.

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ARPA SLFRF: Treasury Releases Final Rule

January 6, 2022

On January 6, 2022, the Treasury Department issued the final rule implementing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program under the American Rescue Plan.

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GMA Executive Director, Mayors Named to Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians

January 6, 2022

Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Executive Director Larry Hanson and city leaders from across the state have been honored in Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians list for 2022.

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Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER)

January 4, 2022

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

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Using ARPA Funding to Address Food Insecurity

January 4, 2022

During GMA's December 14, 2021, Cities Connect call with Georgia city officials, Patrick Hain with the National League of Cities discussed how cities can use ARPA funding to address local food insecurity issues.

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Firehouse Subs First Responders Grant

December 29, 2021

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The foundation welcomes applications for its First Responder Grants program, which will award up to $50,000 in support of efforts to provide lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders, nonprofits, and public-safety organizations.

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Using Data to Double Down on Digital Equity and Inclusion Efforts

December 22, 2021

The National League of Cities recently released its “Digital Equity Playbook: How City Leaders Can Bridge the Digital Divide” containing a wealth of resources to point leaders in the right direction as they address broadband connectivity gaps in their communities. Between key definitions, case studies, research and resource listings, the Digital Equity Needs Assessment is a highlight of the playbook.

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COVID-19 Fines & Fees Policy Tracker

December 22, 2021

Fines & Fees Justice Center

The number of people struggling to find work, feed their families, and pay off court debt has increased by 8 million since the pandemic began. U.S. city, state, and local governments should be taking immediate action to lessen the harms of COVID-19 on these communities. Instead, many have chosen to scale up fines and fees policies that trap people in a cycle of poverty and debt, while extracting wealth out of local economies.

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Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program

December 21, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

The goal of the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is to fund subgrant programs that support the rehabilitation of historic properties to foster economic development of rural communities. These subgrant programs, will fund preservation projects for historic sites to include architectural/engineering services and physical preservation.

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GCA FY23 Project Grant

December 20, 2021

Georgia Council for the Arts

Project Grants support single art projects such as an art exhibit, a theatre production, a series of workshops for children, or an artist residency.

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Building Up the “Bench”

December 20, 2021

Sara Baxter

Gainesville’s Leadership Academy provides city employees with an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills, setting them up for success.

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You Say You Want Data Backup, But Do You Really Mean It?

CitySmart by VC3

December 20, 2021

David Donovan, CTO, VC3

It’s rare when a municipality flat out shows a complete lack of interest in backing up their data. The problem we see is when towns and cities know they need to follow specific best practices related to data backup and yet…they balk at the investment it requires, no matter how small.

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Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities

December 16, 2021

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA will award funds to eligible entities to support community and local efforts to monitor their own air quality and to promote air quality monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and local governments.

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Milton Fire Department Rolls Out New Program to Offer Home Health Care

December 13, 2021

Chamian Cruz, Appen Media

The Milton Fire Department has launched an effort to meet the needs of the community while reducing the fallout from expensive ambulance or emergency room bills.

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Community Design Answer to Homelessness

Public Square

December 6, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

An architect makes the case for little cottages, grouped in a village form, as a way to address homelessness.

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Building Diverse, Equal and Inclusive Communities in Georgia’s Cities

December 3, 2021

Sara Baxter

Through its nonprofit subsidiary, Georgia City Solutions, GMA is helping cities strengthen their communities by creating a place where everyone wants to live, play and work – and most importantly, feel like they belong.

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New Cyber Coverage Requirements & Available ARPA Funds Prompt Investment in Cybersecurity

December 3, 2021

By Alison Cline Earles, Senior Associate General Counsel CIPP/US GMA

Underwriting changes and likely availability of ARPA funds make the time ripe for cities to invest in “must have” cybersecurity measures. City leaders should review underwriting questionnaires with it and develop plans to implement missing information security measures.

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Inside Look: 2020 Census Count Question Resolution Process

December 3, 2021

The release of 2020 Census data has allowed cities to examine population, demographic and housing changes within their jurisdictions since the last decennial survey in 2010.

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National Recreation and Visitor Services Program

December 3, 2021

Bureau of Land Management

The BLM’s Headquarters (HQ) National Recreation and Visitor Services Program oversees a broad and complex set of recreation related programs, which provide a multitude of recreation opportunities and experiences. These recreation resources and visitor services support strong local economies and public land conservation.

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A Time to Lead with Civility

December 3, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

" Decades from now, when historians document the major lessons learned, I believe that local governments and municipal officials in their hometowns will be recognized as true difference-makers who responded with extraordinary speed and innovation to save countless lives, preserve local economies and keep hope and faith alive, during the most difficult of times." - Larry Hanson, 

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Choosing Trust and Cooperation

December 3, 2021

By Jim Thornton, GMA President

"Establishing trust is hard work, but it is critical to everything we do as leaders in our cities." - Jim Thornton, GMA President

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Cities Make Transformative Changes with ARPA Funds

December 2, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund will deliver nearly $1.4 billion in funds directly to all cities in Georgia. This is the first time that every jurisdiction in the country, regardless of population size, has received a direct federal formula grant.

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Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG)

December 1, 2021

Georgia Department of Transportation

The Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program provides funding to counties and cities for road construction and maintenance.

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Community-Built Playspace Grants (rolling deadline)

November 29, 2021

KABOOM!

Our Community-Built Playspace grants are a partnership between your community, one of our dedicated funding partners, and KABOOM!. As a Community Partner, you'll lead a process that will center your community's voices — both kids and adults — to design, plan, and build a new playspace using our signature community-build model. *Specific to Greater Atlanta area*

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ReConnect Loan and Grant Program

November 29, 2021

Rural Utilities Service (of USDA)

The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the third round of funding is now open.

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