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Putting People Over Politics: Why It’s Now More Important Than Ever

July 16, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

It’s painfully obvious to me, and many people that I talk to on a regular basis, that elected officials putting their politics above the people they serve has continually led to the same result, an undermining of public trust in the institution of government and the political process as a whole.

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Count on Georgia Public Libraries as Partners for the 2020 Census

July 15, 2019

Georgia Public Library Service

The 2020 Census will take place primarily online, although many residents lack home internet access. This is a challenge that makes Georgia's public libraries ideal partners for city officials as they work to ensure a successful census count.

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Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing

July 15, 2019

National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled "Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing," focusing on the challenges and solutions communities large and small are using to address the nation's growing affordable housing crisis in cities.

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Podcast: The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality

Podcast: The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality

July 10, 2019

Engaging Local Government Leaders Network

In this podcast, Dr. Shannon Portillo from the University of Kansas discusses institutionalized inequities in hiring and challenges the assumption that merit-based hiring is “neutral.” Local governments should examine their practices and policies if they want to encourage the creation of a diverse workforce.

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Bleeding Money: Ways Your City’s Reactive IT Support Drains Your Budget

June 26, 2019

Jasmine Williams, Network Infrastructure Consultant

Hiring reactive, “as needed” IT support begins with hope and temptation. The hope? “I’m a small city. We don’t need much technology support. Our servers and computers should work fine most of the time.” The temptation? “If those servers and computers work fine most of the time, then I’ll barely need to use our IT support—and we’ll save lots of money.” And how does that hope and temptation usually turn out? Not well.

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2020 Census Complete Count Committees

2020 Census Complete Count Committees

June 20, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has created an interactive database that allows users to identify Complete Count Committees along with contact information by state or region. Local officials can also update the information in this visualization via email.

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The Top 25 Hard-to-Count Areas in Georgia

June 18, 2019

Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has compiled a list of the top 25 hard-to-count areas in Georgia. Local officials and staff can use this information as they plan outreach and marketing activities for the 2020 Census.

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Hiawassee Proactively Seeks Tourism Dollars

June 13, 2019

Gale Horton Gay

Hiawassee sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has Lake Chatuge as one of its natural attractions is working to take advantage of its natural resources to increase tourism, which is the largest contributor to its revenue stream.

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Moving Beyond Labels and Perceptions

June 13, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In his June column, Deke Copenhaver shares the perceptions people have of what a political leader is and reminds local elected leaders of the important role they play in influencing the leaders of tomorrow and shaping our nation's political climate.

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What Makes A Resident? Counting Your Community for the 2020 Census

What Makes A Resident? Counting Your Community for the 2020 Census

June 11, 2019

National League of Cities

The Census Bureau seeks to count all people residing in the United States at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, on or around Census Day (April 1, 2020). This guide outlines how specific people are counted when they do not have a usual residence or cannot determine one.

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2019 Spring GMA Local Government Practicum Projects

June 7, 2019

On April 16, 2019, students from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia presented the results of their work as part of GMA's Local Government Practicum.

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Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment

Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment

June 6, 2019

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This EPA guide explains the real estate process for cleaning up and redeveloping one or more brownfields sites, including opportunities and risks specific to Brownfields Redevelopment, typical scenarios, stages of the process, funding issues, critical stakeholders, and two case studies.

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Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project

Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project

June 6, 2019

Environmental Finance Center Network

The Smart Management for Small Water Systems Project seeks to address major issues facing the nation’s smallest drinking water systems (serving 10,000 or fewer people) by offering in-person workshops, one-on-one technical assistance, and other services and resources. This project is a collaborative effort between the Environmental Finance Center Network, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 

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Managing Mobility Data

June 5, 2019

NACTO/IMLA

As the volume of data created on the public right-of-way and exchanged between parties grows, cities and private transportation providers need a common framework for sharing, protecting, and managing data. Managing Mobility Data, a joint product of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, sets out principles and best practices.

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50 Survival Tips for Newly Elected Municipal Officials

June 5, 2019

Many newly elected municipal officials are often apprehensive about their recently acquired responsibilities as public servants. GMA has compiled 50 Survival Tips to assist them in understanding their roles.

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