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Economic Development: A Part of the GMA Mission

Viewpoints

December 6, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"While Georgia’s 538 cities comprise only 9.2 percent of the state’s land area, they provide 68 percent of the state’s jobs. In fact, 91.6 percent of the gross domestic product in the state of Georgia is derived from cities." - Larry Hanson, Executive Director, GMA

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Take Time to Reflect on the Value of Georgia’s Cities

Viewpoints

December 6, 2019

Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

As the 1980s icon and philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

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The Role of Arts-based Economic Development Strategies in Rural Georgia Communities

December 6, 2019

GMA & Georgia Council for the Arts

A new publication from GMA and the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) focuses on how rural cities have used the arts as an economic development tool.

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GMA’s Larry Hanson Named Advisory Council Member by FHL Bank of Atlanta

December 3, 2019

“We are extremely excited about Larry’s appointment to this Council,” said GMA President Phil Best. “Affordable workforce housing is an important issue in most of our 538 member cities, and it is directly tied to the ability of cities and local communities to be successful." - Phil Best, GMA President 

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Meet GMA’s Consultant: Greg Fender

December 3, 2019

Greg Fender provides technical assistance to local governments on negotiating franchise and pole attachment agreements with companies that utilize a city’s right of way and facilities. He also assists cities in figuring out how they can maximize the revenue collected from companies that use their public right of way. For Greg, it’s important to make sure local governments are compensated the correct amount of money and that companies comply with local ordinances.

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Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants

December 3, 2019

Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation offers grant awards up to $5,000 to 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and are required to be complete within six months of approval date.

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Restoring City Rights in the Era of Preemption: A Municipal Action Guide

December 3, 2019

National League of Cities (NLC)

This guide builds on work at the National League of Cities that sought to expose the extent of preemption laws impacting cities across the country. With the right tools, local leaders can counter such state interference.

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Installing Free Wi-Fi To Help Count Rural Communities Of Color In 2020 Census

Installing Free Wi-Fi To Help Count Rural Communities Of Color In 2020 Census

December 3, 2019

National Public Radio

Before the 2020 census is underway, rural communities caught in the digital divide are bracing for a potential undercount that could make it harder for them to advocate for resources over the next decade. An Atlanta-based nonprofit organization has been dispatching Wi-Fi routers and portable hot spots to rural churches and community centers.

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The State of Georgia's Civic Health

December 3, 2019

Civic health in the Peach state has declined in most of the 21 civic engagement measures that examine the way Georgians interact with each other, their communities, and in political life since the first Civic Health Index was published in 2013.

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GMA Remembers Former Association President Jay Powell, Georgia House Rules Chairman

November 26, 2019

“This is a tremendous loss of an outstanding public official and a dedicated public servant,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “As a former Mayor of Camilla, past president of GMA, as a House member, Chairman of Ways and Means and most recently Chairman of Rules, Jay has been a friend to GMA and a friend to cities.”

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Mayor Vince Williams Elected National League of Cities’ 2nd Vice President

November 25, 2019

Vince Williams, current mayor of Union City and first Vice President at GMA, was elected to the position of Second Vice President of the National League of Cities (NLC) during the League’s City Summit on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

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Why Choose a Grid?

Public Square

November 22, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The decision of a city in Texas to plan for new growth using a grid of streets has inspired readers and makes a lot of sense.

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Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance

November 22, 2019

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support research and technical assistance projects under EDA’s Research & Evaluation and National Technical Assistance programs.

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Justice for Families Program

November 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is interested in funding projects that take a coordinated approach to helping families victimized by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as they navigate the justice system.

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Hiring Veterans for Local Government Positions

November 21, 2019

ICMA

Military veterans are well-trained, disciplined, and experienced and they have a demonstrated heart for public service. Tapping into this workforce to fill the civilian ranks of public service in local government makes perfect sense.

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