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Economic Development: A Part of the GMA Mission

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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

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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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Thank You for Your Dedicated Service

November 7, 2019

"What I consistently see in my role at GMA—no matter the city’s size or location—is elected officials who genuinely want to make their city a better place." - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Leaders, What’s Your Evidence of Trustworthiness?

November 7, 2019

"The question before us is what can we do to be trustworthy? It’s up to us to provide the evidence of our trustworthiness. And we can do that by being competent at what we do, being reliable by doing what we say we’ll do and being honest." - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President
 

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The Next Urban Comeback

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October 28, 2019

Otis White, President, Civic Strategies, Inc.

With downtowns reviving, the next challenge for cities will be to turn around declining neighborhoods. The playbook hasn’t been written yet, but we know who will be its authors: the residents.

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Georgia’s First Lady Asks For Cities’ Help To End Human Trafficking

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October 8, 2019

"The criminal enterprise behind this national operation is strong, well-funded and organized. Awareness and education are key in combating this evil." – Marty Kemp, First Lady of Georgia

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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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