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Georgia Bikes Offers Free Officer Training Courses

October 1, 2020

Part of Georgia Bike’s safety education mission is partnering with cities and corresponding law enforcement agencies in Georgia to help officers better understand laws related to bicycling in the state.

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Important 2020 Census Operations Update

September 29, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau announced yesterday that all area census offices will complete their work by October 5, 2020.

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Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Offers Free Implicit Bias Training

September 24, 2020

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is hosting a half-day virtual Implicit Bias Training for key stakeholders throughout the state.

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Community Connect Grants

September 24, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Community Connect program helps rural communities extend access where broadband service is least likely to be commercially available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people and businesses.

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Land & Water Conservation Fund Grants

September 24, 2020

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress for the purpose of acquiring federal lands and assisting states and local governments with funds to acquire lands and develop and renovate outdoor recreation facilities.

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Engaging Youth in Douglasville: Providing an Alternative to Gangs

September 24, 2020

Sara Baxter

Innovative program educates youth on the dangers of joining gangs and gives them tools for a better life.

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Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS-SC)

September 22, 2020

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

The Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face.

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2020 Census Response Rates

2020 Census Response Rates

September 22, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census! There is less than a week left to ensure your residents are counted by the October 5 deadline. It only takes ten minutes to fill out the census and help your community for the next ten years.

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"Maker" Districts Could Spur Revitalization

Public Square

September 21, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Cities are encouraging small manufacturing to promote inclusive economic development and livable wages in downtowns and main streets.

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2021 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)

September 16, 2020

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)

GEFA is soliciting 2021 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) projects with a pre-application deadline of February 26, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 09/15/2020 Executive Order

September 16, 2020

On September 15, 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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Chadwick Boseman: A Man for Our Times

Leadership Focus

September 14, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

In a world divided by fear, anger and hyper-partisan politics, we need heroes who can bring us together across all demographic lines while inspiring in us a sense of hope. Heroes who live their lives reflecting for all of us grace, humility, determination and the dignity of the human spirit.

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Jobs Plus Initiative

September 10, 2020

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

The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing.

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

September 10, 2020

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the lifesaving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. This is accomplished by providing lifesaving equipment and prevention education tools to first responders and public safety organizations.

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5 Resources for Leaders to Commit to Racial Equity

5 Resources for Leaders to Commit to Racial Equity

September 4, 2020

GovLoop

Talking about race and taking deliberate actions around race can be awkward and confusing. But you’re not alone, and you don’t need to figure it out alone. Here are five resources from GovLoop to help.

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Introduction to the Human Resources Discipline of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Introduction to the Human Resources Discipline of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

September 3, 2020

Society for Human Resource Management

The diversity, equity and inclusion function deals with the qualities, experiences and work styles that make individuals unique as well as how organizations can leverage those qualities in support of business objectives. Studies show that teams or organizations made up of individuals with a diverse mix of qualities, experiences and work styles tend to have available a richer set of ideas, perspectives and approaches to a business issue.

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Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

September 3, 2020

Society for Human Resource Management

We all have a part to play in undoing institutional bias. When leaders communicate the why, align new anti-bias initiatives with the organization's strategic priorities, and do the tough work of identifying and fixing barriers within their organization, they're more likely to get buy-in from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

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Georgia Public Health Emergency Declaration: Guidance for Local Governments on Financial Reporting Requirements

September 2, 2020

As a result of Governor Kemp’s Public Health Emergency Declaration, certain local governments and authorities have extensions on reporting requirements.

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COVID-19 Local Response Initiative: Insights and Guidance on Crisis Leadership

August 31, 2020

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative aims to help city leaders build the leadership and organizational capabilities needed to make city government as effective, efficient, equitable, responsive, and resilient as possible. This is hard work under normal circumstances, but the COVID-19 crisis presented city leaders with the challenge to act under conditions of high uncertainty and high pressure.

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Breaking Down a Sophisticated Phishing Email: 4 Advanced Warning Signs

CitySmart by Sophicity

August 31, 2020

LaNise Essick, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Phishing emails grow more sophisticated as hackers get better. During the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are using fear and taking advantage of people working from home to attempt more aggressive and tricky phishing attacks.

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Welcome to the GMA Mask Up Georgia’s Cities Campaign!

August 25, 2020

As cities work hard to protect their residents and communities during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Georgia Municipal Association has remained determined to be a valuable resource for you. In addition to regular COVID-19 email alerts, a coronavirus online resources center, CARES Act Funding support, model ordinances and more, we are now introducing a statewide Face Covering campaign.

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries

August 25, 2020

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

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"Missing Middle" is Key to Housing America

Public Square

August 25, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

House-scale buildings with more than one living space can affordably shelter a broad range of families, revitalize communities, and profit builders throughout the 2020s and 2030s.

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GMA Hosts Kick-off Meeting for Equity & Inclusion Commission with Keynote from Ambassador Andrew Young

August 21, 2020

On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) hosted the first meeting of its Equity & Inclusion Commission. Ambassador Andrew Young delivered a virtual keynote address to the 26-member commission, which is chaired by LaGrange Mayor and GMA First Vice President Jim Thornton and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis.

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2021 Culture of Health Prize

August 20, 2020

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all.

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CARES Act Funding Questions and Answers

August 20, 2020

GMA recently hosted a webinar where cities had the opportunity to ask questions about the CARES Act and use of funds.

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GMA Webinar: Agency Resources for Georgia Cities: Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)

August 19, 2020

GMA hosted a webinar to provide city officials with information about federal and state agency resources in response to COVID-19. It features information to guide decisions to facilitate moving cities forward in the coming year.

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NLC Releases Results from 35th Annual City Fiscal Conditions Survey

August 18, 2020

National League of Cities

In March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, the U.S. economy went into free fall. The fiscal impact of these swift economic changes were felt immediately across the country. Now in its 35th year, the City Fiscal Conditions survey of 485 cities reveals the breadth and depth of challenges facing city budgets.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 08/15/2020 Executive Order

August 17, 2020

On August 15, 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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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 08/31/2020 Executive Order

August 17, 2020

On August 15, 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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Updated Aug. 17, 2020: GMA Model Policy Requiring Face Coverings in City Buildings

August 17, 2020

This model facial covering or mask resolution is provided only for general informational purposes and to assist Georgia cities in requiring masks on the city’s own property. This model resolution has been developed under a city’s own Home Rule powers and with consideration to Governor Kemp’s Executive Order 08.15.20.01. Click the link above to download the model policy.

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Model Ordinance Requiring Face Coverings in Public Spaces

August 17, 2020

This model facial covering or mask ordinance is provided only for general informational purposes and to assist Georgia cities in increasing facial covering or mask usage within the city’s jurisdiction. This model ordinance has been developed to help cities that wish to hold adopt a mandate that people within the jurisdiction of the city wear facial coverings and masks, consistent with federal recommendations and with consideration to Governor Kemp’s Executive Order 08.15.20.01. Follow the link to download the model ordinance.

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Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB)

August 17, 2020

Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority

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 $151 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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LaGrange Police Chief Shares Insight on Law Enforcement, Community Trust and Social Justice

August 13, 2020

During the GMA Virtual Convention, GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson hosted a virtual conversation with LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar to talk community policing, trust building and more.

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GMA Training Helps Cities Sustain Their Success

August 13, 2020

GMA’s professional development classes not only help cities become more successful; they equip government leaders with tools to help sustain their successes year after year.
 

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Universities Create Innovative Solutions for GMA & Cities

August 13, 2020

While “big data” sounds out of reach for most cities, access to research and development may be as close as the nearest university.

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Cities Thrive Through Partnership

August 13, 2020

By Alia Hoyt

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  - Hellen Keller
 

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‘Recognized Stature’: Cities Think Twice Before Removing Art

August 12, 2020

By Rusi Patel, GMA General Counsel

As many of you know, GMA has been constructing a new headquarters with hopes of completing the project by mid-year 2021. What you might not know is that GMA plans to include within the new headquarters artwork, both inside and outside of the buildings that highlights our members and the work being done by our city leaders across the state.

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Cities Build Infrastructure For Racial Equity

August 12, 2020

“I’ve been struck by the call that it is not enough to be non-racist, but we need to be anti-racist,” said LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton in an op-ed in the LaGrange Daily News in response to the unjust treatment of people of color.

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Reaching the ‘Zone of High Aspirations’ with Resiliency

August 12, 2020

By Vince Williams, GMA President

The logo for GMA’s virtual Annual Convention held last month featured the words, “Cities United: Rising with Resilience.” Although the theme was developed in response to the COVID-19 it can certainly apply to the broad array of challenges cities face every day.
 

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This is Our Moment to L.E.A.D. for Social Justice

August 12, 2020

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

The events of this year and the past few months have compelled a strong statement to show that GMA stands in solidarity in opposition to racism, acts of injustice, inequity and intolerance.
 

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Adult Education Programs

August 12, 2020

Technical College System of Georgia

The Office of Adult Education is pleased to announce its multi-year adult education grant competition. Eligible providers can apply to receive federal and state matching funds, provided under the Adult Education & Family Literacy Act, to provide adult education and literacy activities to individuals over the age of 16 without a high school diploma or who are basic-skills deficient, as well as English language learners.

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Technology Grant for Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Programs

August 12, 2020

Trek Medics International

Trek Medics is offering grant support of up to $50,000 in funding to overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs seeking to save lives by connecting witnesses to opioid overdoses with nearby laypersons carrying naloxone in emergencies by mobile phone.

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Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grant

August 12, 2020

Georgia-Pacific Foundation

Established in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation sets aside resources to improve life in the communities where it operates. The foundation has worked with thousands of community-based programs, service projects and disaster relief efforts, focusing investments in education, environment, enrichment and entrepreneurship.

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GMA and GPB Present ‘Cities United: The Road to Equity and Inclusion’ Town Hall

August 11, 2020

The Georgia Municipal Association recently partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting to present a town hall: “Cities United: The Road to Equity and Inclusion.” 

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After a Decade of Progress, Pandemic Could Reset the Clock on Youth Disconnection

August 10, 2020

Measure of America

The youth disconnection rate had steadily fallen for eight years in a row, from a recession-fueled high of 14.7 percent in 2010 to 11.2 percent in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely erase those gains completely and the disconnected youth rate will spike even higher than it did during the Great Recession.

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Three Cities Receive Georgia Smart Community Challenge Grants

August 6, 2020

The cities of Sandy Springs, Savannah and Valdosta, along with Clayton County, are the third class of recipients to receive a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge grant.

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Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program

August 3, 2020

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program is a grant and loan program administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the purpose of providing stewardship to state parks, state lands and wildlife management areas, to support local parks and trails, and to protect critical conservation lands. 

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 07/31 Executive Order

August 3, 2020

On July 31, 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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Creating Positive Change in a Turbulent World: It’s Up to Us

Leadership Focus

August 3, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

Real and sustainable change for the better in our nation will not come through any of us putting our trust blindly in the hands of any political party. It will come from us putting our trust in ourselves and each other.

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