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The Cavalry Isn’t Coming: 5 Ways Towns and Cities Can Solve Their Own Cybersecurity Problems

CitySmart by VC3

May 10, 2021

VC3

What can your town or city do instead of waiting for the cavalry? Here are a few “do it yourself” cybersecurity best practices that can help you prevent ransomware and cyberattacks while keeping your costs and resource utilization low.

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Planning for Impactful Summer Learning

May 6, 2021

GMA and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) offered this webinar on May 5, 2021, for city officials to explore the way that cities, schools, and summer learning programs can partner to plan for an impactful summer and combat COVID learning loss.

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American Rescue Plan Act: GMA Kickoff Webinar

April 29, 2021

While there is not yet formal guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department on final allocation amounts, information on when funds will be available and how they can be used, this webinar provided a “lay of the land” for city leaders and appointed officials to obtain an overview of the ARP and learn what actions you can take now to prepare for these resources.

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Nominations Open for the 2021 Renaissance and Starr Awards

April 29, 2021

The Georgia Cities Foundation is currently accepting Nominations for the 2021 Renaissance and Starr Awards.

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GMA Hosts Georgia DPH Commissioner & Georgia Mayors for “It’s Worth a Shot” Vaccine Awareness Press Conference

April 22, 2021

On April 15, Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey and city leaders from across the state joined GMA in a press conference to promote the “It’s Worth a Shot” COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign.

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Preparing Today’s Youth to Be Tomorrow’s Leaders

April 22, 2021

Sara Baxter

Youth engagement programs can come in many shapes and sizes and are vital to youth development.

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Celebrating the 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week

April 21, 2021

The 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week is happening May 2-8!

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Facing Our Sustainability and Resiliency Challenges

April 19, 2021

Nikki Perry

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the terms “sustainability” and “resiliency” have taken on renewed significance. Though Georgia’s changing weather patterns do not pose an immediate threat like the pandemic, the trend is a slow-brewing crisis that necessitates long-term changes for the state’s municipal governments.

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Vaccine Media Training for City Leaders

April 14, 2021

Ben Kaplan, CEO of TOP Worldwide, advises GMA members on how to message and use media to effectively promote the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Power of Cute, Affordable Townhouses

Public Square

April 13, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

In his latest article, Robert Steuteville with the Congress for the New Urbanism writes how “cute townhomes” could help fill the “missing middle” housing need in cities that have walkable neighborhoods.

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Georgia Gems: Tybee Island Recognized for Coastal Resilience

April 5, 2021

The City of Tybee Island has become a national model community for flood mitigation, recently winning the 2020 Best Restored Beach award. Only six U.S. beaches earn this annual distinction from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association for innovative solutions to unique problems.

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Georgia Department of Community Affairs: Georgia Rental Assistance Program

April 5, 2021

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) began administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) in early March 2021. GRA can help renters with past due rent obtain assistance for rental arrears and utilities. Payment will be made directly to landlords and utility providers.

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GMA Federal Focus: FCC Announces New Low-Income Emergency Broadband Benefit

April 5, 2021

By Angelina Panettieri, Legislative Director, Information Technology and Communications, NLC

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the rules for a new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), funded for a one-time amount of $3.2 billion, which will be available until expended or until six months after the COVID-19 emergency declaration expires.

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Cybersecurity: Keep Your City Safe from Hackers

April 5, 2021

In the past few years many Georgia cities have been victims of hacking or ransomware attacks, which have in some cases caused complete work stoppage and cost the affected cities thousands of dollars.

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Normalizing Virtual Volunteerism

April 5, 2021

Volunteering looks a little different now than it did a year ago. The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations across Georgia to rethink how they could continue operating—if at all—and how to safely welcome volunteers eager to lend a hand.

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