Cities Connect

The following presentations are of the featured presenter from GMA’s weekly Cities Connect call with city officials. Please note that not all Cities Connect presentations are posted to the GMA web site.

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Sustainability and Energy for Georgia's Future

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June 7, 2022

During the June 7, 2022, Cities Connect call Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols discussed sustainability energy options available to cities and provided an overview of Georgia's energy future and how it might impact cities as they serve the needs of their residents.

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Tapping into Georgia's Housing Resources for Your City

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May 31, 2022

Each year the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) invests over $180 million to build affordable housing around the state. In the May 31, 2022, Cities Connect call, Samanta Carvalho, Director, Office of Community Housing Development with DCA reviewed the state’s housing programs and provided information on how city officials can bring the state’s housing resources to their city.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Transportation Infrastructure

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May 24, 2022

Dan Hinton, Deputy Division Administrator in the Federal Highway Administration Georgia Division, was the May 24, 2022, presenter for GMA's Cities Connect call. He discussed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the direct-recipient model it incorporates for some transportation funding opportunities contained in the law. 

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Facing Georgia’s Opioid Challenge

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May 17, 2022

During the May 17, 2022, Cities Connect call, Cassandra Price, Director of the Office of Addictive Diseases with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (GDBHDD), discussed the ongoing opioid epidemic in Georgia. She provided updated information on the impact of opioids in Georgia, current services being provided by DBHDD to local communities, and reviewed the opioid settlements that will have an impact across the state.

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Lawrenceville Community Response Program

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May 10, 2022

In July 2021 the Lawrenceville Police Department began embedding two behavioral health clinicians into field operations. During the May 10, 2022, Cities Connect call Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington discussed the city police department’s proactive initiative to address the increasing mental health crisis its officers face in the community

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Georgia’s Historic Theatres: Outlooks for Arts, Education & Funding

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May 3, 2022

In the May 3, 2022, Cities Connect call, Leigh Burns, Director of the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), discussed Georgia’s historic theatres and their ongoing success and outlook for recovery during COVID. She also discussed virtual learning, virtual programming and funding from FTI and other agencies in the year ahead.

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Community Climate Resilience

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April 26, 2022

In the April 26, 2022, Cities Connect call, Kait Morano, Senior Planner at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, discussed the main components of community resilience to counter Georgia’s changing climate as well as the cost-efficient strategies local governments can take to improve the resiliency of their communities.

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Lessons Learned from the 2021 Newnan Tornado

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April 19, 2022

It’s been a little over year since Newnan was struck by an EF-4 tornado, the strongest tornado in the state in over a decade. In the April 19, 2022, Cities Connect call with city officials, Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips discussed the impact of the storm on the city, how the city responded, what worked, what didn’t, lessons learned and what the city is doing to recover.

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Youth Civic Engagement: The Future Started Yesterday

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April 12, 2022

During GMA's April 12, 2022, Cities Connect call, Dr. Randell E. Trammell, CEO of the Georgia Center for Civic Engagement (GCCE), shared key data points on youth and civic engagement, how cities and officials can get youth engaged now, and a how GCCE engages with Georgia students to increase positive civic outcomes.

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Extreme Heat in Georgia: Local Impact Research and Resolutions

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March 30, 2022

Dr. Evan Mallen with the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech spoke to Georgia city officials on Tuesday, March 29, about the significant threats to human health that extreme heat poses and how urban planners and public health practitioners are beginning to turn to data-driven decision support tools to design efficient, effective, and equitable response strategies to reduce the risk of extreme heat in our cities and homes.

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The Unique Advantage of Multi-Level Collaboration

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March 22, 2022

During the March 22, 2022, Cities Connect call, Elizabeth Turner and Rebecca Rice shared how the Georgia Family Connection Partnership applies multi-sector collaboration at the local and state levels to help improve outcomes for our state’s most vulnerable residents. They also discussed how all 159 Family Connection Collaboratives in Georgia are partnering with cities and other public and private partners to tackle some of our state’s toughest challenges—from mental health to early learning, literacy, maternal and infant health, and civic engagement.

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Investments in Single-Family Rental Housing

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March 15, 2022

GMA's March 15, 2022, Cities Connect call welcomed Dr. Suzanne Lanyi Charles, an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University, who discussed the vast quantities of global capital being channeled into single-family rental housing (SFR) through real estate investment trusts (REITs). 

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The Arts and Downtown Development

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March 1, 2022

During GMA's March 1, 2022, Cities Connect call, Tina Lilly, executive director of the Georgia Council for the Arts, discussed how the arts can be used to help develop a city’s downtown, from utilizing empty storefronts for pop-up shops to the benefits of public art such as murals. 

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The Impact of the Pandemic on the Mental Health and Education of Youth

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February 22, 2022

During GMA's February 22, 2022, Cities Connect call, Erica Fener Sitkoff, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, and Katie Landes, director of the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, discussed the significant mental health and learning loss challenges facing Georgia's youngest residents and how local leaders can respond to these issues.

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Adding Housing Through Policy

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February 15, 2022

During GMA's February 15, 2022, Cities Connect call, Will Johnston and Kim Morrison with the Microlife Institute discussed the Institute's award-winning tiny-home project, the Cottages on Vaughan, and the process it took to make it a reality.

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