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Information on HB 146, Firefighters’ Cancer Insurance Benefits

September 29, 2017

Recognizing a need to provide assistance to Georgia’s firefighters when they contract cancer, while also protecting the financial interests of Georgia cities, GMA worked with firefighters, elected officials and insurance industry experts to identify a compromise solution. The result of these efforts, and with support from Representative Micah Gravley and Senator John Albers, has been the 2017 passage of House Bill 146, known as the Firefighter Cancer Insurance bill.

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Security Alert - GMA Emails Being Spoofed

September 22, 2017

Some GMA members have received emails that appear to come from trusted staff at GMA. These emails indicate the city is being invoiced by GMA and contains a link to an invoice. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

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Savannah Shines Brightens One Neighborhood at a Time

September 22, 2017

Savannah Shines is a multifaceted, coordinated approach to neighbor­hood revitalization and will address four areas: private and public prop­erty, public safety and community en­gagement. 
 

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GMA Summer Legislative Update

August 31, 2017

The GMA Governmental Relations team has been very busy this summer with workshops on topics from opioids to small cells to creating guideance for cities with regard to newly enacted laws. This article provides an overview of the various issues that GMA member cities should be aware of now.

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Macon-Bibb Partners with HUD and Nonprofit to Open Latest Long-term Residential Property

August 23, 2017

There is more long-term housing in Macon-Bibb County thanks to the grand opening of Bayside Village. This housing complex, which was made possible through partnership with Macon-Bibb County and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includes 16, one-bedroom, energy efficient apartments.

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New Milton City Hall Embraces Collaboration as a Workplace of the Future

August 23, 2017

The city of Milton broke from a “traditional” city hall design to one that blends its heritage and a modern workplace. In June, the city celebrated the grand opening of the new Milton City Hall, a 33,500-square-foot building that fos­ters collaboration between staff and city departments and engages community members on a more personal level. The new city hall was designed by COOPER CARRY, a global architecture firm founded in 1960.
 

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GMA Presses Forward to Best Serve Its Members

August 22, 2017

By Bill Thornton, GMA Interim Executive Director

At our Annual Convention in June, we recognized the many contributions Lamar Norton made to our association and presented him with the Key Citizen Award, GMA’s highest honor, before bidding him farewell at the end of July. Many of you have inquired about the staff and how we’re faring during the transition. I want to assure you that while we will miss Lamar and his leadership, the staff here remains dedicated to the mission of GMA, and with the active engagement of the membership, we are delivering on it every day.
 

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Georgia Tech Hosts Smart Communities Workshop

August 11, 2017

On July 21, GMA partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the  Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), ACCG, Georgia Centers of Innovation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), to host local governments, government associations, and industry and academic leaders for a Smart Communities Workshop. The Smart Communities Workshop is the first step in a larger initiative to launch a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, a Georgia-wide peer-network and technical assistance program to support smart community projects with local governments.

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Georgia Supreme Court Sides with Attorney General and GMA on Transportation Tax Suit

June 5, 2017

​In a unanimous decision announced on Monday, June 5, the Supreme Court of Georgia held that local sales and use taxes imposed on the retail sale of motor fuel are not “motor fuel taxes.” The court's decision affirms the trial court’s dismissal of the action brought by the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) and three trucking companies that contended that sales taxes imposed by local governments on motor fuel can only be expended for “providing and maintaining an adequate system of public roads and bridges” and “road and construction maintenance.”

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Rural Development Council Kicks Off

May 26, 2017

The House Rural Development Council met for the first time in Tifton May 22-23. The two-day meeting was hosted at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) campus.

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Brookhaven Task Force Prepares for Zoning Rewrite

March 14, 2017

Brookhaven is known as one of the fast­est growing cities in the metro area. Just shy of its fifth birthday, it’s also one of the youngest. With the city being in its infancy, Brookhaven leaders have the opportunity to ensure that its growth is not just fast but smart.

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Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson Elected Chair of Metro Atlanta Mayors Association

March 13, 2017

The members of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association unanimously elected Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) during a meeting at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference on Jan. 22

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Mayors’ Day Serves as Real-Life Application for Youth Delegates

February 14, 2017

For years, the phrase: “Remember, Mayors’ Day isn’t just for mayors and it isn’t just for one day!” has accompanied Mayors’ Day Conference announce­ments—and that rang especially true this year as GMA hosted the biggest group of youth delegates in Atlanta.
 

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Technological Leaps Lead Telecoms’ Legislative Efforts

January 25, 2017

Smartphones are a ubiquitous device across Georgia. Coupled with other technological advancements such as smart cars, driverless technology and the “Internet of Things” in which even regular household appliances will be connected to the Internet, telecoms have a lot of investments to make in the state to meet the growing technological demands. With the inevitability of a greater societal reliance on broadband Internet, telecom companies are stepping up advocacy activities in the state and pushing for legislative initiatives in 2017.

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Tweaking the Single County ‘T-SPLOST’

January 15, 2017

GMA’s government relations team anticipates that legislation will be introduced to adjust the T-SPLOST law to allow more than one T-SPLOST in each county as long as the amount levied does not exceed 1 percent.

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