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Business Incubator Brings Variety to Downtown Macon

April 10, 2017

By Erika Conleay, Director of Place, NewTown Macon

Coworking space provides a professional environment with low operat­ing costs for startups and a lower commitment than opening a traditional storefront. Another large ben­efit of working in a shared space is the natural net­working and collaboration opportunities that happen when multiple businesses and startups work side-by-side. 
 

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We Must Stay "In the Mix" to Keep Cities Moving Forward

April 10, 2017

Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, GMA President

The annual festival season begins in earnest with the advent of spring. These local celebrations laud the unique character, products, natural resources and traditions of our individual cities. Later this month, many of our cities will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, one of GMA’s popular initiatives. “Georgia Cities: In the Mix” is this year’s theme and will be celebrated April 23-29. 

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Civic Buildings Positively Impact Downtown Revitalization

April 5, 2017

Stephanie S. Aylworth, Economic Development Director, City of Powder Springs

Decentralization of civic buildings is not considered a best practice for downtown revitalization. The effects are damaging if not severe to a town or city’s downtown economy.

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A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

March 10, 2017

Paul Hill, Founder, Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothel

President Donald Trump’s voters in rural areas and small towns made a point: they were left behind while a lot of the country made economic progress, and they want that to change.

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Cities Charged to Work Together to Uncover Solutions

March 8, 2017

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

With the Legislature in session it seems we spend a lot of time defending “local control” and fighting “unfunded mandates.” Each year we get a different set of rules that limit our ability to deliver services expected by the taxpayers while doing so with less revenue.

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Cities Strong, Together in 2017

February 10, 2017

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director and CEO, National League of Cities

In the nation’s capital, the remark­able success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election contradicted expectations and changed the way many in Washington understand campaigns and the electorate. 

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Breweries Mean Business: A Change that Tastes like Urban Renewal

January 27, 2017

Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate

In Georgia, brewers are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they are not allowed to sell to the general public at their production site or associated venue. Georgia’s “three tier system” requirements do not allow for sales on site, while all of the states sur­rounding Georgia have done away with this specific limitation.

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State of the State: Georgia Will 'Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative'

January 11, 2017

Governor Nathan Deal

Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State address delivered on January 11, 2017.

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City Officials Must Build Relationships in the New Year

January 10, 2017

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

The New Year is upon us and each new year brings the General Assembly back into session. This time is a critical time for each city official—elected or appointed—to make an effort to educate these well-intended individuals with the issues that impact cities and how we can work together for solutions.
 

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Tax Credits Offer Hope for Rural Hospital Turnaround

January 6, 2017

By Sen. Dean Burke (R–Bainbridge)

Georgia’s rural healthcare system is in crisis. This is not just a rural problem or a medical problem; it is a problem for all Georgians. 
 

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It Starts at Home

September 7, 2016

Boyd Austin, GMA President

While few of us will have an Olympic athlete from our home­town, the fact is our cities and towns play an important part in the lives of our citizens. For some, what we do as city officials directly impacts their ability to create a better future for themselves.

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City Officials Embrace Training for a Better Future

August 17, 2016

Lamar Norton

We must acknowledge and applaud the leaders who recognize that additional training is needed to address the everyday demands of city government.

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Community Investment Potential in Georgia’s Small Cities

May 11, 2016

William Lambe, Senior Adviser for Community & Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Small cities in the Southeast act as nerve centers connecting the regional economy. In the South, more than 100 small metro areas are home to 25 mil­lion—or 20 percent—of the region’s total population.

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State of the State: ‘Ocean of Opportunity' lies ahead for Georgia’s Ship of State

January 13, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal

Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016. 

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