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Cities Invest in Recreational Infrastructure

June 4, 2021

By Becca J.G. Godwin

When families want to spend time together, celebrate a happy occasion or just blow off some steam, they often look to their community’s parks and recreational activities. Georgia’s cities are investing in infrastructure that provides these facilities and services in creative ways—and the payoff is rewarding for both residents and city leaders.

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Newly Elected Officials Institute Goes on in Different Format

June 4, 2021

Things looked a little different in 2021 for the annual training that the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and GMA present to help newly elected municipal officials learn more about municipal government.

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How Trails are Connecting Cities

June 4, 2021

By Nikki Perry

While the Atlanta Beltline and Silver Comet Trail are the most high-profile multi-use trails in Georgia, dedicated pathways for walking, jogging and biking now crisscross the state. Communities are pursuing linear parks to encourage exercise, promote alternative transportation and connect residents to their favorite spots in their cities.

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GMA Named Top Workplace By Atlanta Journal Constitution

June 4, 2021

By Amanda C. Coyne

For the seventh consecutive year, GMA has been named one of metro Atlanta’s top workplaces.

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Valdosta’s Awareness Training Unites Employees

June 4, 2021

Valdosta has long worked to address equity and inclusion within its own workforce, a diverse group of 650 employees from city hall to the fire department.

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Georgia Joins Celebration of 52nd Professional Municipal Clerks Week

June 4, 2021

Municipal clerks from several of Georgia’s cities joined thousands across the U.S., Canada and 15 other countries to celebrate the 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week from May 2-8.

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Covington Treatment System Protects the Water While Feeding the Land

June 4, 2021

By Nikki Perry

“They gave me a key to the gate, a map and a dog, and said, ‘Good luck,’” Croom said, laughing. The stray dog came with the property. Croom will retire next year from a job that he loves and a system that he has shepherded through four expansions.

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Cities United: Assisting Newnan in Tornado Recovery

June 4, 2021

By Alia Hoyt

Although Newnan will long remember the terror of the tornado of 2021, they won’t soon forget the kindness of strangers they now call neighbors during their time of need. When the situation is reversed in the future, it’s a safe bet that Newnan crews will be the first on the road to help.

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Small Town, Big Impact: Eatonton Youth Leadership Council Trains for the Future

June 4, 2021

By: Amanda C. Coyne

Eatonton has its eye on the future. That’s not limited to safe roads and up-to-date infrastructure. With the Eatonton Youth Leadership Council, the city is also investing in human infrastructure, training local leaders of tomorrow.

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Infrastructure Updates and Federal Resources for Cities

June 4, 2021

For many years, GMA has worked with city officials to document the scope of municipal infrastructure needs for water, sewer, transportation, public safety, parks and recreation and other priorities.

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The Trust for Public Land Publishes New Report on Parks and and Equitable Recovery

June 1, 2021

The Trust for Public Land

This past year has proved that parks are not just a nicety - they are a necessity. As Americans endured the health and economic challenges brought on by a global pandemic, the outdoors became a lifeline.

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State and Local Government Workforce: 2021 Survey

June 1, 2021

Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) has conducted an annual workforce survey since 2009. This survey of human resource professionals tracks key challenges facing state and local governments in the recruitment and retention of talented employees and the strategies being employed to manage and compensate those staff.

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American Rescue Plan Update Webinar

May 28, 2021

During this webinar on May 26, 2021, GMA provided the latest updates on Treasury guidance for the ARPA Local Fiscal Relief Fund. This was open to all elected and appointed city officials, and if you missed it, you can watch it here.

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FEMA Publishes New Local Government Solutions Guides for COVID-19 and Beyond

May 25, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA announces the release of three Local Government Solutions Guides for COVID-19 and Beyond (Local Solutions Guides). The intention of these guides is to provide background on the various solutions communities are pursuing to provide local government services in the face of COVID-19 related budget shortfalls and public health considerations. The guides cover the topics of adaptive design, grants management capacity, and alternative public service solutions. They offer general guidance and link to resources to provide readers an opportunity to dive further into solutions that best suit their community.

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It’s Not Easy Being Young

May 24, 2021

Sara Baxter

Today's youth face a litany of challenges on their way to adulthood. In addition to peer pressure, kids also face mental health and disconnection challenges. The good news is that there are things adults can do to help – both individually and through organizations and programs – to address and alleviate these challenges.

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