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Canton's Roadmap for Inclusive Economic Growth

May 17, 2022

Canton's Roadmap for Success is a strategy that reviews all city decisions through the lenses of eight tenets for success. Included in these are goals to engage the city's diverse population, assist small businesses with succeeding in the regional economy, and creating great neighborhoods. City Manager Billy Peppers provided an overview of the city's efforts during the May 17, 2022, EMBRACE webinar.

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Facing Georgia’s Opioid Challenge

Cities Connect

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

Cities Connect

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

Cities Connect

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

Cities Connect

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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A Guide to Workforce Relevance

April 19, 2022

The April 19, 2022, EMBRACE webinar featured Teaa Allston-Bing, HR Director for the City of Douglasville. In it she provides insight into the art and science of upskilling, the importance of investing in yourself, and remaining relevant in the workforce.

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Lessons Learned from the 2021 Newnan Tornado

Cities Connect

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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How to Best Leverage Your Municipality’s Social Media Accounts

CitySmart by VC3

April 18, 2022

Miranda Hampton, Marketing Coordinator, VC3

Whether you haven’t posted to your municipality’s page in a few years or are looking to improve your social media process that’s already in place, these tactics can help you make the best use of your social media accounts. 

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Youth Civic Engagement: The Future Started Yesterday

Cities Connect

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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What to Know About Challenging Your 2020 Census Count

April 7, 2022

GMA invited Matthew Frates, Chief of the Count Question Resolution Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau, to present a webinar on CQR – the official process for local elected officials to request a review of their 2020 Census population counts.

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Shift to the Suburbs Not Your Grandfather’s Sprawl

Public Square

April 5, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Core cities are losing population to the suburbs, but the 2020s will not repeat the last half of the 20th Century. The suburbs are bound to urbanize.

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Extreme Heat in Georgia: Local Impact Research and Resolutions

Cities Connect

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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ARPA Funds Available for Immediate Investment in Cybersecurity

March 28, 2022

By Alison Earles, Senior Associate General Counsel CIPP/US

Federal guidance is clear that cities may use American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to pay for cybersecurity measures.

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The Unique Advantage of Multi-Level Collaboration

Cities Connect

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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Are Data Backups and Data Archiving the Same? No—and You Need Both!

CitySmart by VC3

March 22, 2022

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

For electronic data, you need both backups and archives because they serve two different purposes.

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