Georgia City Solutions

Georgia City Solutions, Inc. (GCS) is a 501(c)(3) organization created by the Georgia Municipal Association in 2018 to establish and support new and innovative programs, solutions, and research aimed at building vibrant, economically prosperous, and well-managed cities and improving the quality of life of municipal residents in Georgia. GCS provides GMA with a tremendous tool which can attract funding to create and support a wide range of programs that will make a positive impact on the economic vitality and quality of life in cities and enhance the operation of municipal governments. Governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, GCS will pursue targeted initiatives to address five focus areas:

  • City youth advisory councils and other youth engagement activities
  • Workforce and business development to prevent brain drain, especially among youth
  • Promotion of careers in municipal government
  • Tools to eradicate blight and substandard housing
  • Programs to assist with mental and behavioral health issues

Target Categories

While the opportunities are seemingly endless, our goal as GCS begins its work is to focus on four categories:

  • Youth leadership development
  • Workforce and economic development (including municipal government workforce development)
  • Quality of life initiatives
  • Research and innovation

Proposed Initiatives

Some examples of proposed initiatives for the first 12-18 months include:

Grant program for establishing youth advisory councils, support for youth council symposiums, and annual awards program for youth advisory councils;
  • Community workforce development collaboration grants, statewide reading campaign, and municipal internship program;
  • Housing needs assessments, housing and redevelopment conference/ summit, and grants for crisis intervention team training
  • Establish a fund to support research initiatives, and an innovation grant and awards program.

GCS Task Force Final Report

Board of Directors


Mrs. Michelle Cooper Kelly

Council Member
City of Marietta

Mr. Eric Fraker

Midsouth Region Gov't. Accounts Representative
Home Depot

Mr. Larry Hanson

Executive Director
Georgia Municipal Association

Mr. Skip Henderson

City of Columbus

Ms. Kristy H. Rachal

Community Development Manager
Georgia Power

Mr. Robert A. B. Reichert

Macon-Bibb County

Ms. A. Rian Smith

V.P. & Chief Legal Counsel
The Integral Group, LLC