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Cities Connect: United Way - ALICE Report

Cities Connect

April 11, 2024

In this episode, representatives from the United Way provideed an overview of the ALICE Report and discussed opportunities for cities to collaborate with the United Way, businesses, and community nonprofits across our state.

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Municipal Training Board Members to Serenade NYC with Carnegie Hall Performance

April 5, 2024

By Aileen Harris

The June 1 concert will see the Athens Master Chorale, directed by Joseph Napoli, joined by singers from 13 states and accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble to perform Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, K.626.

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Three Georgia Cities Receive International Recognition

April 1, 2024

Partnership for Inclusive Innovation

Within hours in early March, projects from three Georgia cities were honored with international smart cities awards.

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GEFA Awards $38 Million in Infrastructure Loans

March 27, 2024

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

On February 29, 2024, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) announced that seven communities were awarded financing totaling $38,632,500 for water, wastewater, sewer, and stormwater projects

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Social Media, the First Amendment, and Public Officials: Supreme Court Weighs In

March 26, 2024

The March 15 Supreme Court ruling in Lindke v. Freed establishes guidelines for city officials' social media use. Learn how this decision clarifies First Amendment issues surrounding the use of social media for personal and official business by public officials.

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Water Systems Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

March 20, 2024

On March 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Security Council (NSC) issued an announcement regarding the protection of our nation’s water infrastructure from cyber threats.

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Cities Encouraged to Submit Requests for Federal Funding

March 20, 2024

Formally called “Congressional Directed Spending” or “Community Project Funding” requests, earmarks allow cities and nonprofits to request funding for specific needs in their communities.

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Marietta Councilmember Appointed to FCC Broadband Advisory Committee

March 19, 2024

On March 11, 2024, Councilmember Joseph Goldstein of Marietta was appointed to serve a two-year term on the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission – bringing a local perspective to issues related to broadband and telecommunications.

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Five Georgia Projects Receive $210 Million in Federal Infrastructure Grants

March 13, 2024

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that five projects in Georgia were granted $210 million in infrastructure funding through two programs: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Reconnecting Communities & Neighborhoods Pilot Program and the Inflation Reduction Act's Neighborhood Access and Equity Program.

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Cities Connect: Visionary City Award-Winning Projects

March 13, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales about the city’s “Hikeawassee” project, for which they recently won a Visionary City Award. We also discuss Statesboro’s Visionary-City-Award-winning project, the Village Builders Initiative, with Mayor Jonathan McCollar and Youth Program Coordinator Dr. LaSara Mitchell.

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Significant Service Delivery Strategy Ruling Handed Down

March 6, 2024

The Georgia Supreme Court delivered a significant ruling on Tuesday, March 5, in favor of the City of Winder in its Services Delivery Strategy legal battle with Barrow County. 

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Cities Connect: 2024 Georgia Cities Week

February 29, 2024

In this episode, Mayor Andrea Gibby of Young Harris - GMA’s Third Vice President and this year’s Georgia Cities Week Chair - presents information about Georgia Cities Week to inspire you and your city to organize a weeklong celebration of events to inform and engage your residents.

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Cities Connect: Use of Well-being Data in Local Policy

Cities Connect

February 22, 2024

In this episode, Rebecca Baskam and Carrie Oliver, co-leaders of the Metro-Atlanta Cities Well-being Initiative, share information about the initiative, provide examples of well-being topics and policy action plans developed by participating cities, and highlight lessons learned.

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Cities Connect: Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

Cities Connect

February 15, 2024

In this episode, Commissioner Kevin Tanner of the DBHDD discusses the important work of the department and the resources that are available to communities and residents throughout the state.
 

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More than $200 Million in Additional LMIG Funding Available for Local Governments

February 14, 2024

In the amended fiscal year 2024 budget, Governor Kemp proposed an additional $200 million of funding for local government transportation projects. But there are things local governments need to know before applying. Watch the video below to learn more.

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