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RESPONSE NEEDED: GMA Collects Cities’ Expense Info, Deadline May 8

In late March, the CARES Act (HR748) was signed to provide $2 trillion in relief for individuals, small businesses, hospitals and state and local governments over 500,000 in population. Through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, the state of Georgia received a total of just over $4 billion which will go to the state, four counties (Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett) and the city of Atlanta. While local governments under 500,000 will not receive direct CARES Act funding, Gov. Kemp is considering a joint request from ACCG and GMA to share in the state’s allocation of CARES Act funds to reimburse local governments for eligible COVID-19-related expenses. 
As the state considers this request, GMA is calling on our member cities for your help to obtain an estimate of actual expenses cities have incurred to date, and whether any cities are estimating potential future COVID-19-related expenditures through December 31, 2020.
Please complete the GMA COVID-19 Expenses survey ASAP. The survey deadline is this Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Contact Becky Taylor at 404-402-6110 or Holger Loewendorf at 678-686-6246 for more information.

Georgia Internet Access for COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 virus is impacting Georgian’s ability to work, access healthcare and receive education services. Because of the shift to telehealth with “virtual visits,” teleworking and remote continuity of learning, and in partnership with Gov. Brian Kemp and the state Coronavirus Task Force, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) launched this webpage to provide information to Georgians and resources to connect to high-speed Internet. Access DCA's resources.

EPA Provides Grant Funding to Support Environmental Justice Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Through the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program, EPA will provide funds to states, local governments, tribes and U.S. territories to work collaboratively with environmental justice communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and the environment. Apply for funding.

Cities Don't Increase Virus Risk

An analysis indicates that cases of COVID-19 are more related to what metro area you live in, rather than whether you live in the central city or a suburb. Transit also doesn’t correlate as a significant factor. Read the full article. This article is posted by GMA with permission from the Congress of the New Urbanism for information purposes only.

WEBINAR: Register to Attend

GMA's Coronavirus Resource Center

Cities are encouraged to visit GMA’s regularly updated COVID-19 Resource Center for Municipal Leaders for pertinent resources including a convenient flow chart to guide cities through Gov. Kemp’s various Executive Orders. Cities can also access state and federal resourcesfunding opportunitiesteleworkingmunicipal operations and more on the resource center.
One of the latest updates is GMA’s “Back to Work Checklist" and a Public Employment Law FAQ Series based on the guidance and recommended practices from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Additional Resource:

Visit GMA's COVID-19 Resource Center

Coronavirus Hotline

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GMA's Listservs

City managers, finance directors and clerks, remember to stay connected with each other through GMA’s convenient listservs. To join, email Becky Taylor at:

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