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Setting Youth Up for Success

June 21, 2021

Sara Baxter

Walking in Authority Teen Council teaches Clayton County’s youth leadership, civic engagement, networking and much more.

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Run For Good Grant

June 17, 2021

Saucony Run for Good Foundation

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to addressing childhood obesity by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthier lifestyle.

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Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative

June 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The purpose of this initiative is to support local and tribal jurisdictions’ capacity to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify unlawfully used firearms and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

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Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program

June 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program supports efforts of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies and their partners in conducting outreach, educating practitioners and the public, enhancing victim reporting tools, and investigating and prosecuting hate crimes committed on the basis of the victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

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Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses

June 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program is designated to support law enforcement–behavioral health cross-system collaboration and to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program

June 11, 2021

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

The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHR) grant program is to maximize the number of children under the age of six years protected from lead poisoning by assisting states, cities, counties/parishes, Native American Tribes or other units of local government in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental or owner-occupied housing populations.

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RMEBS 2020 Report

June 10, 2021

Watch the 2020 RMEBS report. 

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Community Policing Development (CPD) De-Escalation Training Solicitation

June 8, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Community Policing Development (CPD) funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies. The De-Escalation State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agency Grants subcategory supports state and local law enforcement agencies efforts to build and maintain their officers' de-escalation proficiency.

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Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program

June 8, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies.

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Community Policing Development (CPD) Tolerance, Diversity, and Anti-Bias Online Training Solicitation

June 8, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Tolerance, Diversity, and Anti-Bias Online Training Program funds are used to develop and pilot an online tolerance, diversity, and anti-bias training and deliver in the classroom.

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5 Startling Reasons Why We Won’t Miss Pandemic Videoconferencing

CitySmart by VC3

June 7, 2021

Kevin Howarth, Marketing and Communications Manager, VC3

We know videoconferencing exhausted us in weird ways. But why? Science has some answers, and the answers may surprise you.

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Community Policing Development (CPD) Crisis Intervention Teams Solicitation

June 7, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) program is for expansion of the use of crisis intervention teams in order to embed mental and behavioral health services with law enforcement, as well as the development of training programs.

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G D O T Enhancements Taking Shape in Georgia’s Cities

June 4, 2021

By Amanda C. Coyne

One agency that can’t work from home is the Georgia Department of Transportation. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, GDOT crews have been hard at work across the state to improve roadways and airports.

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Time to Take a Fresh Look at Workforce Vaccination Promotion Programs?

June 4, 2021

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

The availability of vaccines to everyone 12 and over, President Biden’s call on employers to help promote vaccination, the availability of reimbursement for paid time off from April 1–Sept. 30, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and President Joe Biden’s praise for Kroger’s incentive arrangement may cause cities to consider workplace vaccine promotion programs.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency Interim Safe Opening & Operation Work Eligible for Public Assistance Policy

June 4, 2021

FEMA has issued interim guidance for the framework, policy details and requirements for determining the eligibility of safe opening and operation work and eligible costs under the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program.

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The Value of Cities Data Dive: Daytime Population Changes

June 4, 2021

COVID-19 reduced our range of motion in many ways. Based on GPS data from mobile devices, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that work-related travel dropped by more than 50% in April 2020 and currently hovers around 70% of normal activity.

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Planning for a Life after COVID: GMA’s Local Government Practicum Seeks New Projects

June 4, 2021

As Georgians get vaccinated and prepare for their emergence from the coronavirus pandemic, cities may find that they have a lot of work ahead of them—either because projects were put on hold or because the pandemic has led to new ideas. In any case, GMA is here to help.

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Connecting Towns to Gowns: GMA and UGA’s College of Public Health Collaborate on Fellowship Program

June 4, 2021

While cities are usually not direct healthcare providers, they can influence their residents’ quality of life in many ways. That is one of the main reasons why GMA’s Equity and Inclusion Commission identified health as an important component of its work. It is also why GMA partnered with the University of Georgia when its College of Public Health launched a new Health Equity Fellows program earlier this year.

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Fire Chiefs Practice Emotional Intelligence at GMA Workshop

June 4, 2021

On a lovely sunny day in Savannah, as cargo ships cruised the Savannah River and visitors walked the cobblestone streets, more than 170 fire chiefs attended a diversity, equity and inclusion training class.

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Cities Invest in Recreational Infrastructure

June 4, 2021

By Becca J.G. Godwin

When families want to spend time together, celebrate a happy occasion or just blow off some steam, they often look to their community’s parks and recreational activities. Georgia’s cities are investing in infrastructure that provides these facilities and services in creative ways—and the payoff is rewarding for both residents and city leaders.

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Newly Elected Officials Institute Goes on in Different Format

June 4, 2021

Things looked a little different in 2021 for the annual training that the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and GMA present to help newly elected municipal officials learn more about municipal government.

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How Trails are Connecting Cities

June 4, 2021

By Nikki Perry

While the Atlanta Beltline and Silver Comet Trail are the most high-profile multi-use trails in Georgia, dedicated pathways for walking, jogging and biking now crisscross the state. Communities are pursuing linear parks to encourage exercise, promote alternative transportation and connect residents to their favorite spots in their cities.

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GMA Named Top Workplace By Atlanta Journal Constitution

June 4, 2021

By Amanda C. Coyne

For the seventh consecutive year, GMA has been named one of metro Atlanta’s top workplaces.

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Valdosta’s Awareness Training Unites Employees

June 4, 2021

Valdosta has long worked to address equity and inclusion within its own workforce, a diverse group of 650 employees from city hall to the fire department.

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Georgia Joins Celebration of 52nd Professional Municipal Clerks Week

June 4, 2021

Municipal clerks from several of Georgia’s cities joined thousands across the U.S., Canada and 15 other countries to celebrate the 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week from May 2-8.

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Covington Treatment System Protects the Water While Feeding the Land

June 4, 2021

By Nikki Perry

“They gave me a key to the gate, a map and a dog, and said, ‘Good luck,’” Croom said, laughing. The stray dog came with the property. Croom will retire next year from a job that he loves and a system that he has shepherded through four expansions.

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Cities United: Assisting Newnan in Tornado Recovery

June 4, 2021

By Alia Hoyt

Although Newnan will long remember the terror of the tornado of 2021, they won’t soon forget the kindness of strangers they now call neighbors during their time of need. When the situation is reversed in the future, it’s a safe bet that Newnan crews will be the first on the road to help.

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Small Town, Big Impact: Eatonton Youth Leadership Council Trains for the Future

June 4, 2021

By: Amanda C. Coyne

Eatonton has its eye on the future. That’s not limited to safe roads and up-to-date infrastructure. With the Eatonton Youth Leadership Council, the city is also investing in human infrastructure, training local leaders of tomorrow.

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Infrastructure Updates and Federal Resources for Cities

June 4, 2021

For many years, GMA has worked with city officials to document the scope of municipal infrastructure needs for water, sewer, transportation, public safety, parks and recreation and other priorities.

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Building Parks and Trails with Creativity and Collaboration

June 4, 2021

By George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land and Commissioner

"Early in the pandemic, it became clear that the outdoors was the safest place to exercise, play and interact with friends and family. In fact, green spaces have seen record usage over the last year. One year into the pandemic, all signs indicate they will stay that way." - George Dusenbury, Georgia State Director for the Trust for Public Land and Commissioner, City of Decatur

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The Right Road: Planning for The Future

June 4, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"The journey to success may be long, but the intentionality of planning will ensure we take the right road to reach a destination of accomplishment, as opposed to our destination being “somewhere” or “anywhere.” - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Moving Forward with Respect

June 4, 2021

By Vince Williams, GMA President

"And as we navigate our intergovernmental system, it is incumbent upon us to always hold high and respect what we as cities and city officials bring to the table. Without our own self-respect and support of each other, we will not succeed." - Vince Williams, GMA President

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Downtown Developments: Promoting Downtowns as a Visitor Attraction

June 4, 2021

By Cheryl Hargrove, Cultural Heritage Tourism Specialist Based on St. Simons Island

"As we enter a post-pandemic “reopening” phase, visitors still want many of the same experiences as pre-COVID: to feel welcomed and safe and experience unique shops and activities they cannot find at home." - Cheryl Hargrove, Cultural Heritage Tourism Specialist Based on St. Simons Island

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Hometown Grants

June 4, 2021

T-Mobile

T-Mobile partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America, two consulting partners with a combined experience of over 60 years working to help build stronger, more prosperous small towns and rural communities. The Hometown Grant program is committing up to $25 million over the next 5 years to support community projects in up to 100 small towns a year with project funding of up to $50,000 each.

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The Trust for Public Land Publishes New Report on Parks and and Equitable Recovery

June 1, 2021

The Trust for Public Land

This past year has proved that parks are not just a nicety - they are a necessity. As Americans endured the health and economic challenges brought on by a global pandemic, the outdoors became a lifeline.

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State and Local Government Workforce: 2021 Survey

June 1, 2021

Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) has conducted an annual workforce survey since 2009. This survey of human resource professionals tracks key challenges facing state and local governments in the recruitment and retention of talented employees and the strategies being employed to manage and compensate those staff.

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Community Navigator Pilot Program

June 1, 2021

U.S. Small Business Administration

The American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 117-2, § 5004) authorizes SBA to establish the Community Navigator Pilot Program to make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, private nonprofit organizations, SBA Resource Partners, States, Tribes, and units of entities.

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American Rescue Plan Update Webinar

May 28, 2021

During this webinar on May 26, 2021, GMA provided the latest updates on Treasury guidance for the ARPA Local Fiscal Relief Fund. This was open to all elected and appointed city officials, and if you missed it, you can watch it here.

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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

May 26, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for funding a strategic approach to crime reduction that leverages community knowledge and expertise to build public trust with law enforcement and make neighborhoods safer.

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Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants Program

May 26, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Microgrants funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies, building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes, and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.

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FEMA Publishes New Local Government Solutions Guides for COVID-19 and Beyond

May 25, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA announces the release of three Local Government Solutions Guides for COVID-19 and Beyond (Local Solutions Guides). The intention of these guides is to provide background on the various solutions communities are pursuing to provide local government services in the face of COVID-19 related budget shortfalls and public health considerations. The guides cover the topics of adaptive design, grants management capacity, and alternative public service solutions. They offer general guidance and link to resources to provide readers an opportunity to dive further into solutions that best suit their community.

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It’s Not Easy Being Young

May 24, 2021

Sara Baxter

Today's youth face a litany of challenges on their way to adulthood. In addition to peer pressure, kids also face mental health and disconnection challenges. The good news is that there are things adults can do to help – both individually and through organizations and programs – to address and alleviate these challenges.

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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Webinar for City Officials

May 20, 2021

GMA held a webinar on May 19, 2021 to update city officials with the latest information on Treasury guidance for the use of funds in the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

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Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies

May 19, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative is awarding grants on a competitive basis to small law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices in rural locations. These grants will support improved training and technology, expanded community-based crime prevention programs, and partnerships with victim services providers.

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Broadband Infrastructure Program

May 19, 2021

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

The Broadband Infrastructure Program makes grants on a competitive basis to covered partnerships for covered broadband projects.

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Connecting Towns to Gowns: GMA and UGA’s College of Public Health Collaborate on Fellowship Program

May 18, 2021

The pandemic and social unrest this past year exacerbated many existing inequities, including differences in health outcomes for Georgians. While cities are usually not direct healthcare providers, they can influence their residents’ quality of life in many ways.

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March 2021 Newly Elected Municipal Officials Institute Sessions

May 14, 2021

Thank you for attending the 2021 Newly Elected Officials Institute. This page contains the recorded videos from the March 2021 Newly Elected Officials Institute clourse. We hope these videos can be a continued resource to you in your career as a municipal elected official. 

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‘Green Streets,’ Gentle Density in a New Studio Town

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May 14, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Trilith in Fayetteville, Georgia, is built around the idea that well-designed public space contributes to individual happiness and community well-being.

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Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

May 14, 2021

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

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation.

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The Cavalry Isn’t Coming: 5 Ways Towns and Cities Can Solve Their Own Cybersecurity Problems

CitySmart by VC3

May 10, 2021

VC3

What can your town or city do instead of waiting for the cavalry? Here are a few “do it yourself” cybersecurity best practices that can help you prevent ransomware and cyberattacks while keeping your costs and resource utilization low.

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Planning for Impactful Summer Learning

May 6, 2021

GMA and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) offered this webinar on May 5, 2021, for city officials to explore the way that cities, schools, and summer learning programs can partner to plan for an impactful summer and combat COVID learning loss.

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Major Points from Governor Kemp’s 04.30.21.01 and 04.23.21.01 Executive Orders

May 4, 2021

On April 30 and 23, Governor Kemp issued extensive and detailed Executive Orders. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department explaining these orders and their impact on local governments.

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American Rescue Plan Act: GMA Kickoff Webinar

April 29, 2021

While there is not yet formal guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department on final allocation amounts, information on when funds will be available and how they can be used, this webinar provided a “lay of the land” for city leaders and appointed officials to obtain an overview of the ARP and learn what actions you can take now to prepare for these resources.

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Georgia Power Grants

April 29, 2021

Georgia Power Company

Georgia Power Company's charitable giving management coordinates efforts to give back to communities. Strong preference is given to Georgia-based organizations and programs that seek to improve the quality of life for the state's residents.

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Nominations Open for the 2021 Renaissance and Starr Awards

April 29, 2021

The Georgia Cities Foundation is currently accepting Nominations for the 2021 Renaissance and Starr Awards.

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