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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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Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant

June 30, 2020

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)

The Small and Disadvantaged Communities Drinking Water Grant (SDCDW Grant), authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, will provide funding for drinking water projects in underserved communities, which means the water system has violated a requirement of a national primary drinking water regulation.

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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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Civic Innovation Challenge

June 26, 2020

National Science Foundation

The Civic Innovation Challenge is a research and action competition that aims to fund ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable, and transferable impact on community-identified priorities.

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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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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI)

June 24, 2020

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

The Georgia Opioid Affected Youth Initiative competitive grant allows for government and non-government entities to apply for up to $100,000 to support the implementation of the Georgia Opioid Affected Youth Strategic Plan.

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Reopening Requirements for Municipal Courts

June 23, 2020

The Georgia Municipal Association breaks down the requirements municpal courts need to know for reopening.

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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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Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC)

June 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

This announcement solicits applications for the WORC Initiative for grants serving the Appalachian and Delta regions. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities.

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Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Grant

June 18, 2020

Georgia Department Of Natural Resources

The Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Grant program is a one-time subgrant program to assist Georgia historic property owners with recovery from Hurricane Irma by addressing historic property needs unmet through other funding sources.

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Our Town Program

June 17, 2020

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.

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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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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

June 5, 2020

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"As we navigate through these unprecedented times, I continue to be so impressed by the leadership and dedication of our city officials." - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Cities Contemplate the Legal Issues of Virtual Operations

June 5, 2020

By Rusi Patel, GMA General Counsel

"Georgia’s Open Meetings laws specifically allow for teleconference meetings during emergency conditions, but many cities discovered their public technology infrastructure was sorely lack­ing for such a situation." - Rusi Patel, GMA General Counsel

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Cities Shine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 5, 2020

Chris Obenschain

As seen in the aftermath of 9/11 and other catastrophes, people tend to help one another in times of crisis. And nowhere has that been more evident than with Georgia’s cities.

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Cities Learn Recreational Spaces Can Solve Community Challenges

June 5, 2020

By Gayle Horton Gay

Across Georgia, land use projects have been completed and are underway that are providing recreational benefits for Georgians and, in some cases, resolving infrastructure problems as well.

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Realistic, Relevant Plans Cultivate Vibrant Communities For Your City’s Future

June 4, 2020

By Laura M. Mathis, Executive Director, Middle Georgia Regional Commission

"At its heart, community planning is a process that helps you understand where you are, defines where you want to go and outlines how to get there. Plan­ning, however, only works if it is relevant to the local government—it needs to fit the issues and opportuni­ties that exist in the community." - Laura M. Mathis, Executive Director, Middle Georgia Regional Commission

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Finding Hope in Our Newfound Gratitude

June 4, 2020

By Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

Dealing with a pandemic as a business owner, mayor or as president of GMA was not on my radar at the beginning of the year. - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President
 

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President Best Leaves Office with Lifelong Lessons, Memories and Friends

June 4, 2020

During his acceptance speech in Savannah, President Best reminded attendees of the importance of governing with a spirit of humility and that leadership is a privilege, not a right.

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HELP (Hazmat Emergency Local Preparedness) Award

June 4, 2020

CHEMTREC

CHEMTREC has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to award $10,000 to two volunteer fire departments in the U.S. that are also members of the NVFC. The awards are intended to help the fire departments enhance their response capabilities and increase local preparedness to respond to and prepare for hazardous materials incidents.

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Message from GMA Officers: Change is Needed Now to Address Inequality

June 4, 2020

Change is needed now, and it is leaders on the local, state, and national level that must listen and support those we know have suffered from inequality and those we have never met.

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Community Ties: Understanding What Attaches People to the Place Where They Live

May 29, 2020

Knight Foundation

Well before COVID-19 shut down community life as we know it, Knight Foundation commissioned Urban Institute to explore a key question: what attaches people to the places where they live?

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 05/28 Executive Orders

May 29, 2020

On May 28, Governor Kemp issued two Executive Orders. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department that explains those orders and their impact on local governments.

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Victims of Crime Act Grant Program (VOCA Georgia)

May 28, 2020

Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The VOCA Formula Grant Program provides federal funding to support victim assistance and compensation programs, to provide training for diverse professionals who work with victims, to develop projects to enhance victims’ rights and services, and to undertake public education and awareness activities on behalf of crime victims.

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2020 Census Social Media Toolkit

May 28, 2020

U.S. Census in Georgia

Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, and the Georgia Department of Education developed a 2020 Census Social Media Toolkit.

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Johns Creek's "Share Joy" 2020 Initiative

May 28, 2020

In this short video, Johns Creek provides an overview of the city's "Share Joy!" art campaign, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

May 27, 2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA provides actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied to any disaster operation in the COVID-19 environment, including no-notice incidents, spring flooding and wildfire seasons, and typhoon response.

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Back to Business Webinar

May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it, and many uncertainties remain as local governments prepare to reopen and engage with city employees and residents. This webinar was designed to help with that process and features presentations from GMA, Douglasville, Dublin and Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale.

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Summary of Governor Kemp’s 05/12 Executive Order

May 20, 2020

On May 12, 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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Summaries of UGA/GMA COVID-19 Survey

May 20, 2020

City governments are on the front line of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of widespread illness impacts how city governments deliver services to the public, how cities interact with state and federal agencies for assistance and how cities solicit the cooperation of the public in the protection of public health. The University of Georgia and GMA conducted a survey of city governments in the state between April 8 and 22 to learn more about how municipalities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This four-part series of essays by Dr. Eric Zeemering summarizes the survey results, explains how city governments remained open and engaged, outlines city-level perspectives on the intergovernmental response to the pandemic and illustrates the networks that have formed to respond to health and economic aspects of the pandemic at the local level.

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COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grants

May 18, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor

COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) disburse funds through the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) to provide critically needed employment to vulnerable Georgians who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19. Funds are intended to provide immediate employment opportunities to Georgians to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Five Ideas to Help Kids and Families

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Georgia's children and families. These five suggestions address challenges arising from the pandemic which could result in better outcomes for Georgia's children and youth. 

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Leading in Crisis: Listen to the Professionals

Leadership Focus

May 14, 2020

Deke Copenhaver

I firmly believe that in the current situation we find ourselves it is now more important than ever for local elected officials to listen to the experts.

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DCA Updates Uniform Chart of Accounts for Local Governments

May 13, 2020

This article contains a series of resources for the updated UCOA for local Georgia governments.

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Public Meeting Options in a COVID-19 World

May 13, 2020

In this video we highlight a variety of public meeting options, hear from the City of Dublin on their efforts & lessons learned, and discuss security tips.

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Public Meeting Options in a COVID-19 World

May 13, 2020

With COVID-19 impacting each of our communities, there has been a lot of discussion on how we can continue to have public meetings that are safe, involve local residents and meet all state requirements. In this video we highlight a variety of options, hear from the City of Dublin on their efforts and lessons learned as well as discuss security tips.

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May 12: Governor Kemp Issues Executive Order for Reviving a Health Georgia

May 12, 2020

Governor Kemp has issued an Executive Order extending some coronavirus-related restrictions and relaxing others.
 

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Grants for Arts Projects

May 11, 2020

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, this program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

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Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs with CARES Act Addendum

May 8, 2020

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (PWEAA) programs provide economically distressed communities and regions with comprehensive and flexible resources to address a wide variety of economic needs.

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National Recreation and Parks Association Offers Guidance for Park and Recreation Spaces, Facilities

May 7, 2020

As park and recreation professionals work towards a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to take a thoughtful and methodical approach to reinstating operations that protects public health and safety. This webpage includes guidance on commonly managed park and recreation spaces, facilities and programs outlining considerations for reinstating operations.

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

May 6, 2020

This updated list from the Georgia Department of Public Health lists locations throughout the state offering coronavirus testing.

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