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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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UPDATE: U.S. Census Bureau Shortens Self-Response Phase

UPDATE: U.S. Census Bureau Shortens Self-Response Phase

August 4, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has shortened the 2020 Census Self-Response Phase to end by September 30. Other important operational adjustments are summarized on this website.

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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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Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants

August 3, 2020

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field.

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Regional Water Plan Seed Grant Funds

July 31, 2020

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Regional Water Plan Seed Grants are being provided to support and incentivize local governments and other water users as they undertake their Regional Water Plan implementation responsibilities.

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Public Humanities Projects

July 28, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history.

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Census Bureau to Email Households to Encourage Response to the 2020 Census

Census Bureau to Email Households to Encourage Response to the 2020 Census

July 28, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin emailing households in low-responding areas to encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census. These emails supplement a final campaign reminding people to respond to the 2020 Census as census takers begin follow-up visits.

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Five things John Lewis taught us about getting in “good trouble”

Five things John Lewis taught us about getting in “good trouble”

July 27, 2020

Brookings

Bloody Sunday is often noted as a pinnacle of John Lewis’ life. This defining moment encapsulates five things he taught us about getting in good trouble.

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Georgia Power Grants

July 24, 2020

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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Choice Neighborhoods and Planning Program

July 24, 2020

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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Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program

July 24, 2020

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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Suburban Retrofit Opportunities Rising Due to COVID

Public Square

July 24, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

A new report makes the case that walkable suburbs are the next big development trend.

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GMA Legal Brief: Statement from Executive Director Larry Hanson

July 22, 2020

GMA exists to serve our 538 cities and protecting Home Rule is one of the bedrock principles we support and defend. This is why our legal brief filed on July 21 guards your right to establish policies for your buildings and your employees and customers, and to protect Home Rule, a right we believe is grounded in Georgia law and one afforded to every city. Follow the link to watch GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson’s statement and to read the GMA Amicus Brief: Governor Kemp v. the Mayor and City Council of the city of Atlanta.

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Georgia’s Cities Remember John Lewis & Continue His Legacy

July 22, 2020

Union City Mayor Vince Williams, GMA President

John Lewis was more than a congressman and Civil Rights leader; he was an American hero and a moral compass for leaders of all walks of life. The effect he had on the state of Georgia, the South and the nation itself cannot be overstated.

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Afterschool Programs: Partners for School and Community Reopening Plans

July 21, 2020

The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network encourages city officials to partner with local afterschool programs as they and local school systems develop plans to engage students, either in person or virtually.

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Video: 2020 State of GMA

July 17, 2020

GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson provides an overview of tools, services and leadership the organization has taken in the past year to help and assist city governments throughout the state and ensure the municipalities of Georgia are and remain Cities United.
 

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 07/15 Executive Order

July 16, 2020

On July 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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2020 Census Action Guide for the Faith Community

2020 Census Action Guide for the Faith Community

July 14, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

Shape the future of your congregation, neighborhood, and community by supporting the 2020 Census. No matter who you are, what you do, or how you worship — we all count!

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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program - Local Solicitation

July 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government under this FY 2020 JAG Program Local Solicitation.

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FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

July 14, 2020

FM Global

Through the FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education/training and arson prevention/fire investigation.

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Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

July 13, 2020

National League of Cities

As national protests and uprisings continue over the racial injustice in law enforcement that has long plagued our country, there is an opportunity for local leaders to boldly tackle systemic racism in their housing systems and repair the harms that have resulted in racial segregation, displacement, and inequitable communities.

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Dublin Youth Creatively Encourage Census Involvement & Engagement

July 13, 2020

City of Dublin

The city of Dublin’s youth council serves as an example that young people are engaged, they have new ideas and they want a seat at the table. This dedicated youth council also showed Georgia’s cities how to effectively engage with their communities and promote the 2020 Census during a pandemic. 

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Uniting our Cities and the Strength of Diversity

Leadership Focus

July 13, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

I honestly believe that local elected officials can, and should, have a major impact on uniting the citizens we serve from all walks of life around the common cause of making our communities models for embracing diversity, inclusion and tolerance.

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Recovery Implementation Fund

July 10, 2020

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

The principal objective of this Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is to promote and support the implementation of recovery plans for federally endangered and threatened species.

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Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

July 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

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CityLab University: Understanding Homelessness in America

CityLab University: Understanding Homelessness in America

July 8, 2020

Bloomberg CityLab

As economic disruption threatens to trigger a spike in housing instability, here is an essential primer on the causes and consequences of a thorny urban problem - homelessness.

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Georgia Releases New Broadband Maps

July 8, 2020

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI) has made three new Georgia Broadband Maps available to provide more transparency about the internet marketplace and clarify which Georgia households do not have access to high-speed internet.

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2019 Population Estimates Inform New DCA Research Products

July 7, 2020

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has assembled two new research products for Georgia's cities based on 2019 American Community Survey data.

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases Community Resilience Estimates

July 7, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau released Community Resilience Estimates, a new experimental data product which shows risk levels by state, county, and census tract.

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State of the Cities 2020

July 7, 2020

National League of Cities

When 2020 began, we could not have imagined what would have transpired in just a few short months. From health and economic crisis to resounding calls to address systemic racism, the state of our nation’s cities has changed dramatically.

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Union City Mayor Vince Williams Elected President of GMA

July 2, 2020

Union City Mayor Vince Williams was elected president of GMA during the association’s annual convention on Thursday, July 2.
 

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The Future of Our Cities Requires a New Kind of Investment

Viewpoints

July 2, 2020

Vince Williams, GMA President

It is a time for each of us to invest ourselves, our integrity and our resolve to confront the ugly legacy of systemic racism and inequity in our communities.

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Vibrant Communities Grant

July 1, 2020

Georgia Council for the Arts

The mission of Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. Vibrant Communities 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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Local Governments Receive CARES Act Funding

June 29, 2020

The U.S. Treasury provided Georgia with approximately $4.1 billion for coronavirus-related expenses from the CARES Act, of which an estimated 1.8 billion could be transferred to local governments for coronavirus-related expenses. On July 29, Governor Brian Kemp released a statement providing additional details about the allocation of funds. That statement, as well as a breakdown of how Phase I of the funds will be distributed, can be found by clicking the link.

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Local Governments to Receive CARES Act Funding

June 29, 2020

The U.S. Treasury provided Georgia with approximately $4.1 billion for coronavirus-related expenses from the CARES Act, of which an estimated 1.8 billion could be transferred to local governments for coronavirus-related expenses.

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Mitigation and Adaptation: New Urban Response to Climate Change

Public Square

June 29, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Urban planning has important contributions to a wide range of climate change responses, from mitigation to adaptation, notes Congress for the New Urbanism cofounder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

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2020 Census Response Rate Challenge Mini Guide

2020 Census Response Rate Challenge Mini Guide

June 24, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

This Mini Guide includes an overview for creating a Response Rate Challenge and ideas and inspiration for virtual challenges while communities are still social distancing. 

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Reopening Requirements for Municipal Courts

June 23, 2020

The Georgia Municipal Association breaks down the requirements municipal courts need to know for reopening as updated to reflect important changes in the Fourth Judicial Emergency Order effective July 12.

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Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

June 22, 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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CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program

June 17, 2020

U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)

Wells Fargo Bank and the Wells Fargo Foundation, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, aim to award $1 million this year to support local nonprofits with the CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) grant program.

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Why the 2020 Census is Essential to Municipalities

Why the 2020 Census is Essential to Municipalities

June 17, 2020

National League of Cities

Civic empowerment starts with civic participation. As our national conversation and movement to break down institutional and systemic racism continues, the results of the 2020 Census are critical to lifting up the representation and voices of these communities.

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Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

June 17, 2020

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Public health studies over several decades conclude that being black is bad for your health, and pervasive racism is the cause. Black women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. Black men are more than twice as likely to be killed by police as white men. And the average life expectancy of African Americans is four years lower than the rest of the U.S. population.

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Moments of Change: Leading with Courage and Commitment for Racial and Social Justice

Moments of Change: Leading with Courage and Commitment for Racial and Social Justice

June 16, 2020

International City/County Management Association

This special supplement of Public Management magazine includes observations and commentary from local government leaders, along with resources for addressing the needs of your community and ways to take action.

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Youth Movement: Accelerating America’s Urban Renaissance

June 16, 2020

City Observatory

The movement of talented young adults to dense urban neighborhoods is not waning; it is widespread and accelerating, and it is powering urban revival. This new report shows that the growth of close-in urban neighborhoods in the US since 2010 has been propelled by the accelerating movement of well-educated young adults back to the city.

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Tools to Address Implicit Bias in Local Government

Tools to Address Implicit Bias in Local Government

June 15, 2020

Engaging Local Government Leaders

Implicit bias can interfere with how we do our jobs and other situations. In this webinar, participants will gain an awareness around the concept of implicit biases, the role they play in our interactions with others, and tools to help us address and minimize them.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 06/11 Executive Order

June 12, 2020

On June 11, 2020, 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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Mayors and governors: This is how you tackle racism

Mayors and governors: This is how you tackle racism

June 12, 2020

Brookings

Mayors and governors are under pressure to respond urgently to endemic racism. Here is what they must do now to create sustained racial equity.

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The COVID Racial Data Tracker

June 11, 2020

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a data tool that tracks and reports the impact the COVID-19 virus has on people of color. A collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, it contains the most complete U.S. race and ethnicity data on COVID-19.

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Advancing Racial Equity in Your City

Advancing Racial Equity in Your City

June 11, 2020

National League of Cities

NLC’s Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative is dedicated to helping local leaders understand and gain the tools necessary to combat racial disparities in their communities. The six steps outlined in this municipal action guide can help you improve equity and create better outcomes for everyone in your community.

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ELGL Equity & Justice Resources

June 11, 2020

Engaging Local Government Leaders

ELGL's mission is to engage the brightest minds in local government by providing timely and relevant content through podcasts, blogs, webinars, social media and conference gathering, with the objective of fostering authentic and meaningful connections that are grounded in practices of equity and inclusion.

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ICMA Equity & Inclusion Resources

June 11, 2020

International City/County Management Association

Creating better communities begins with a commitment to equity and inclusion. ICMA strives to ensure that its members and local government managers overall reflect the diversity of the people they serve. ICMA works to mitigate the effects of bias in all areas of local government by developing and promoting programs and initiatives in the areas of service delivery, hiring practices, leadership development, community engagement, and workplace culture.

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Government Alliance on Race & Equity Tools and Resources

Government Alliance on Race & Equity Tools and Resources

June 11, 2020

Government Alliance on Race & Equity

This Tools and Resources page created by the Government Alliance on Race & Equity reflects a growing field of practice so that local and regional governments can proactively work to advance racial equity and increase success for all.

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Solar Resiliency Technical Assistance Program

June 10, 2020

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)

GEFA is providing feasibility studies and professional technical assistance for local governments in solar energy and storage resiliency.

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Children and Youth Summer Activity Guide

June 9, 2020

In response to the challenges brought about because of the pandemic, the 50 State Afterschool Network, with leadership from the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN), has created the Summer Activity Guide to engage and support children and youth nationwide during this atypical summer.

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Healing in Our Nation: It Begins at the Local Level

Leadership Focus

June 9, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

It is my great hope that local governments in our great state and throughout our nation will rise above the politics of division and take a leadership role in holding true to the ideal that our nation is “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: Addressing the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic in America's Struggling Neighborhoods

June 8, 2020

Center for Community Progress

This short guide has been prepared to help local officials and community stakeholders start thinking about how to address the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in economically stressed and physically disinvested areas.

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