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Growing Georgia: The Future is Now with Mobility

June 1, 2019

Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road and Tollway Authority Interim Executive Director

Mobility has become THE buzzword of the 21st century. Whether we are talking about autonomous cars, ridesharing, “Mobility as a Service,” buses, rail, bicycles or motorized scooters, we are seeing people embrace new, state-of-the-art ways to get from Point A to Point B all under the banner of mobility.

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Remembering Mike Starr

June 1, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

In 1999, the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) was incorporated as a non-profit to serve as a catalyst to assist cities in community development efforts and to enhance underserved downtown areas. For any initiative to be successful, it must have a champion and strong, respected leader—Mike Starr was that for GCF.

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When the Community Becomes the Developer

April 26, 2019

Kirby A. Glaze Founder and President, Public-Private Partnership Project Management, Inc.

For years cities in Georgia have been waiting for their downtowns to be discovered by developers. They know their downtowns are as yet undiscovered jewels, just waiting on that visionary developer to invest in mining them, polishing them and reaping the financial rewards of their discoveries.

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Teaching the State to Trust Local Governments

April 24, 2019

Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President

The question is, ‘how do we as city officials get the state to learn to trust her local governments and not legislate to the least common denominator?’ The answer begins with us.
 

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New Technologies Can Lead Georgia’s Agriculture to New Heights

March 18, 2019

Dr. J. Scott Angle Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Robots milking cows, droids pick­ing fruit and scouting pest invasions of peanut fields and weather fore­casting 10 times more accurate than current predictions are all about to find their way into Georgia’s fields and pastures. 

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Local Control is about Trust and Accountability

February 26, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

recent poll shows that that 70 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of local elected officials. Such a response validates the trust citizens place in their local officials and reinforces a core principal of democracy: the active participation of citizens in politics and civic life.

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It’s Time to Share the Value of Cities

February 11, 2019

Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President

With the new year comes the familiarity of the start of a new legislative session and GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference. The regular occurrence of these two events reminds us of the need to focus on the issues facing cities under the Gold Dome. And as we take the time to do that, it becomes apparent what the value of cities is to our state.

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Can Elected Officials Ban People from Their Facebook Page or Twitter Feed?

February 11, 2019

Susan Moore, GMA, General Counsel

A recent case out of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals adds to the growing body of caselaw addressing how the First Amend­ment applies to social media communication. Although not binding in Georgia because Georgia is in the Eleventh Circuit, the decision may be persuasive in other cases and provides an important lesson for pub­lic officials. It also may present these issues to the United States Supreme Court.
 

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Steps to Prioritize and Implement Sidewalks

February 11, 2019

Dan Gelinne, Program Manager, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Across the U.S., more communities are vying to become “walkable” plac­es, where residents and visitors alike can access key services and opportu­nities on foot, and reap the health, safety and economic benefits that active travel provides. Though many factors influence walkability in a com­munity, arguably the most important is the presence of sidewalks. Sidewalks are dedi­cated spaces for pedestrians, providing a safe and comfortable place to walk. A continuous and cohesive sidewalk network can increase opportunities for active transportation, en­abling pedestrians of all ages and abilities to get where they want to go.
 

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Gov. Kemp's 2019 State of the State Address

January 18, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp

Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 17, 2019.

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Cities Unite for Success

January 17, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

As we begin the new year, it is always important to examine where we are as an organization and plan our future together. Much time and effort has been given this year to plan for a successful future and ensure we’re focused on meeting the greatest needs of our member cities. 

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Sharing our H2Opportunity to Recruit the Next Generation

November 9, 2018

Kim Holland, Water & Sewer Director, Marietta Power and Water

How do you start your day? Shower? Manda­tory cup of coffee? Whatever your answer, I bet the first minutes of every single day begin with using water in some way. Water is such a fundamental part of our lives, we often take it for granted. Especially here in the U.S., most people don’t appreciate the role that wa­ter plays in their daily life because they have never had to go without it.

 

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Improving Housing Options Requires a Collaborative Effort

November 8, 2018

Kim Skobba and Sharon Liggett Interim Co-Director, Georgia Initiative for Community Housing

Despite its importance, providing an ample range of housing that is affordable, in adequate condition and that matches consumers’ needs and preferences is a great challenge for most com­munities.

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The Strength of Our Democracy is in Our Communities

November 7, 2018

Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger, GMA President

By the time you read this, the 2018 mid-term elections will be over. Your feelings about the results of the Nov. 6 elections will undoubtedly depend on your political affiliation. You may be pleased about the results, or you may not. Regardless of your feelings about a particular outcome, it’s hard to ignore the fact many people feel our political divisions are deeper and wider than ever before.

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Cities Prepare for Dockless Electric Scooters  

November 5, 2018

Alison Earles, Associate General Counsel, GMA

In every city where e-scoot­ers have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters on sidewalks, accidents and “near misses” with helmet-less riders on busy streets.

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