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ARPA Economic Adjustment Assistance

October 19, 2021

U.S. Economic Development Administration (of the U.S. Department of Commerce)

The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

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New Urban Opportunity: Alleys, Mews, and Accessory Units

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October 19, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The unsung alley has the potential to create an intimate American urbanism, it just needs a little attention from urban designers.

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Underrepresented Community Grants

October 12, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) is intended to diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented.

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Save America's Treasures Grants

October 12, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections.

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2020 Census Data is Here!

October 7, 2021

In late August, the the 2020 Decennial Census numbers were released for all cities. You can access this information and a full list of resources. This data is also available on GMA's website and will be released in Easier to Use Formats on September 16, 2021.

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Feedback Needed on GDOT's Policy for Consultation Process with Local Officials in Non-Metro Areas

October 6, 2021

As local officials, your role is critical and much appreciated in the development of the State’s Strategic Transportation Plan and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. 

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Small Town, Big Impact: Dahlonega Makes Recreation Accessible

October 6, 2021

People have long loved getting outside in Dahlonega, but this year, the city took a step towards making its outdoor recreation more accessible to all.

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How Can Georgia’s Small Cities Survive in The Future?

October 6, 2021

By Donovan Rypkema, Principal, Place Economics

Preferences on where to live are changing. Early in the pandemic, there were news stories claiming an exodus from cities into less dense areas. As of today, that pattern seems to have been largely exaggerated.

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The Cities of Georgia: Planting Seeds and Living Dreams

October 6, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Through this time, one common ingredient is that city leaders have stepped up courageously to be voices of stability, encouragement and hope for the citizens they serve.

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Local Action, Statewide Impact

October 6, 2021

By Jim Thornton, GMA President

While serving as mayor or as a city councilmember is mostly a thankless job, it does have an upside. As we ride around or walk through our cities, we can point to things that are good, and things that are getting better, and projects that are happening, at least in part because of our work.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Toccoa’s Connie Tabor Recognized with Starr Award from Georgia Cities Foundation

October 5, 2021

Toccoa Community Development Director Connie Tabor has been recognized for her tireless efforts in restoring her city’s historic downtown district with the Starr Award, presented by the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF).

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Recognized with Renaissance Award from Georgia Cities Foundation

October 5, 2021

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation was presented with the Georgia Cities Foundation’s Renaissance Award Aug. 9 at the GMA Annual Convention.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: GMA’s 2021 Clerk of the Year

October 5, 2021

Brookhaven City Clerk Susan Hiott was named the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association’s 2021 Clerk of the Year during the GMA Annual Convention.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Communities Recognized as Cities of Ethics

October 5, 2021

The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Esteemed Leaders Inducted into the Georgia Municipal Government Hall of Fame

October 5, 2021

On Aug. 9, five city leaders were inducted into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame, which was established in 1992 to recognize current and past municipal officials who exemplify the very best in public service and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to municipal government, and have been strong supporters of GMA.

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Investing in Your Workplace Culture

October 5, 2021

ICMA

If you want to attract and maintain the best employees, having a desirable workplace culture definitely pays off.

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Zoned In: Economic Benefits & Shared Prosperity with Form-Based Codes

October 4, 2021

Smart Growth America

Form-based codes are widely recognized as tools to improve the character of a place, encourage physical activity, and strengthen resilience to climate change.

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Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) Grant

October 1, 2021

State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA)

The Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) is a grant and low-interest loan program administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). Since inception, GTIB has provided over $165 million in grants and loans to highly competitive transportation projects that have enhanced mobility and driven economic development in local communities throughout Georgia.

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Law Enforcement and First Responders Supplement

October 1, 2021

Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

The Law Enforcement and First Responder Supplement program establishes a grant program to provide a $1,000 one-time pay supplement for full-time public safety officers and first responders, including law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, and firefighters.

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History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER)

September 30, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

Funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, the History of Equal Rights grant program preserves sites related to the struggle of all people to achieve equal rights in America.

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African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR)

September 30, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

The National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens as well as the transatlantic slave trade.

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Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)

September 27, 2021

USDA Rural Development

RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues.

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MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Fund Grant

September 27, 2021

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association

The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation will accept applications throughout the year for bold, innovative, and creative ideas to increase opportunities to play baseball and/or softball for youth (age 20 and under), in particular youth who are minorities, girls, and/or located in underserved communities.

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People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

September 27, 2021

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The People, Parks, and Power initiative will support community-based organizations and base-building groups working in urban, low-income communities of color across the United States to increase park equity through local policy and systems change.

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Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

September 23, 2021

USDA Rural Development

This program helps prevent damage or restore households and business' access to clean, reliable drinking water in eligible rural areas and towns following natural disasters. Funding can improve the natural environment and encourage manufacturers and other businesses to locate or expand operations. *Applications for this program are accepted year round*

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SEARCH - Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households in Georgia

September 23, 2021

USDA Rural Development

This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects. *Applications for this program are accepted year round through your local RD office.*

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Economic Impact Initiative Grants in Georgia

September 23, 2021

USDA Rural Development

This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. *Applications for this program are accepted through your local office year round.*

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EPA Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants (multiple)

September 21, 2021

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA's Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, environmental job training, technical assistance, training, and research.

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Ten Political Benefits of Walkable Places

Public Square

September 20, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Supporting walkable communities relates to leadership, urban governance, sustainable development, and planning opportunities. Physical design—the architecture of community—doesn’t come close to solving all problems. But it is the cornerstone of a lasting legacy that political leaders may bestow on a municipality.

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Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program

September 20, 2021

Federal Transit Administration

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

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State and National Public Health AmeriCorps

September 14, 2021

AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps will include a 400 million dollar investment, over five years, from the American Rescue Plan Act workforce funding that will enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities.

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Renegotiating Local Option Sales Tax (LOST)

September 13, 2021

April 2021

State law requires periodic renegotiation of the LOST distribution certificate. With the release of the 2020 Census data, all counties and municipalities that currently impose a LOST are required to renegotiate the distribution certificate for the proceeds of the tax on or before July 1, 2022. The Georgia Municipal Association prepares a publication to inform city officials who will be involved in the LOST renegotiation process about the requirements, processes, and timelines that are set forth in state law.

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5 Ways to Begin a Zero Trust Approach to Cybersecurity

CitySmart by VC3

September 13, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

Cybersecurity is evolving toward the point where we cannot rely alone on traditional cybersecurity tools such as firewalls, antivirus, and VPNs. In other words, we cannot assume that anything making it past a perimeter into your network is good. 

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Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

September 2, 2021

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

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Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program

August 31, 2021

Federal Railroad Administration (of the U.S. Department of Transportation)

This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.

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Two Cities Selected for 2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

August 30, 2021

The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation recently announced that Woodbury and Concord, along with Pike and Spalding Counties, were selected to participate in its 2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

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Improving the Lives of Georgia’s Children and Youth: What’s Next

August 26, 2021

Strides have been made in the areas of youth engagement and tackling the challenges that plague youth. But cities need to work together and forge partnerships for continued success in this area.

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State Fiscal Recovery Fund Deadline Extended

August 25, 2021

Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget

On Aug. 24, Governor Kemp announced an extension of the deadline for the State Fiscal Recovery Fund grant applications from August 31, 2021, to October 31, 2021. Follow the link for details on the revised timeline for applications and grant review with the new extended deadline. 

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Ten Social Benefits of Walkable Places

Public Square

August 24, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

We shape our cities and then they shape us.

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