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Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG)

December 1, 2021

Georgia Department of Transportation

The Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program provides funding to counties and cities for road construction and maintenance.

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Community-Built Playspace Grants (rolling deadline)

November 29, 2021

KABOOM!

Our Community-Built Playspace grants are a partnership between your community, one of our dedicated funding partners, and KABOOM!. As a Community Partner, you'll lead a process that will center your community's voices — both kids and adults — to design, plan, and build a new playspace using our signature community-build model. *Specific to Greater Atlanta area*

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Georgia Wildlife Viewing Grants Program

November 29, 2021

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

These grants help develop and improve wildlife-viewing opportunities that increase public awareness and appreciation of nongame wildlife, rare native plant species and natural habitats. 

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ReConnect Loan and Grant Program

November 29, 2021

Rural Utilities Service (of USDA)

The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. The application window for the third round of funding is now open.

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2022 All-America City Awards

November 22, 2021

National Civic League

The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all), recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.

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Big Ideas, Bright Cities Challenge

November 18, 2021

Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education)

GBC-Education is looking for innovative approaches and big ideas to increase youth skills and employment opportunities across the country.

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Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

November 18, 2021

Forest Service of USDA

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

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Enhancing Mobility Innovation FY 2021

November 18, 2021

Federal Transit Administration

FTA’s Enhancing Mobility Innovation program advances a vision of mobility for all – safe, reliable, equitable, and accessible services that support complete trips for all travelers. The program promotes technology projects that center the passenger experience and encourage people to get on board, such as integrated fare payment systems and user-friendly software for demand-response public transportation.

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Landmarks of American History and Culture

November 18, 2021

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports residential, virtual, and combined format projects that situate the study of topics and themes in K-12 humanities within sites, areas, or regions of historic and cultural significance.

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NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – 2022

November 18, 2021

National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST PSCR is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key public safety capabilities related to mission critical voice, location-based services, user interface/user experience, and public safety analytics.

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FY21 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

November 18, 2021

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants support those communities that have undergone a comprehensive local planning process and are ready to implement their plan to redevelop the distressed public and/or assisted housing and neighborhood.

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5 Areas Where Information Technology Can Improve Compliance

CitySmart by VC3

November 15, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

Compliance. One of those necessary operational activities that you know is working when nothing bad happens. When compliance doesn’t work, however, you open the door to significant risk.

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Call for Projects: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF/DWSRF)

November 12, 2021

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federally-funded loan program that provides funding for a wide variety of water quality and non-point source projects, as well as water and energy conservation projects. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is a federally-funded loan program that provides funding for water supply projects that address a public health or compliance related problem, as well as water and energy conservation projects.

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New Cyber Coverage Requirements & Available ARPA Funds Prompt Investment in Cybersecurity

November 9, 2021

Alison Cline Earles, Senior Associate General Counsel CIPP/US, Georgia Municipal Association

This article is not legal advice or a substitute for legal advice. It reflects the author’s understanding of published treasury guidance as of October 28, 2021.

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Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants

November 8, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NIOSH / CDC invites grant applications for Training Project Grants (TPGs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training.

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Street Trees: A Wonder of Climate Adaptation

Public Square

November 8, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Street trees have many benefits, but their climate impact is becoming more important all the time.

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Research Grants to Prevent Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries

November 8, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC, Injury Center) is soliciting investigator-initiated research to understand and prevent firearm-related injuries, deaths, and crime.

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Celebrating Georgia Cities Week 2021

November 4, 2021

In Oct. 2021, municipalities across the state participated in Georgia Cities Week through a variety of events, initiatives and proclamations. Watch this video to see how communities celebrated.

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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant *subgrant for cities

November 3, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally recognized tribes and territories. Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities *subgrant for cities

November 3, 2021

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

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American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge

November 3, 2021

Economic Development Administration

EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)

November 2, 2021

Department of Homeland Security - FEMA

The AFG Program is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) focus on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

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Downtown Developments: Georgia Downtown Association 2021 Award Presentations

November 1, 2021

The MWCA provides an opportunity for all citizens of Monroe to experience the arts including their beautiful garden with painted sidewalks, sculptures and fountain.

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August Recess: Georgia’s Cities Engage with U.S. Senators

November 1, 2021

During the August recess, city officials across the state had the opportunity to build relationships with Georgia’s U.S. Senators and share information about the local perspective on infrastructure needs and other topics.

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Infrastructure Bill Could Bring Billions in Improvements to Georgia’s Cities

November 1, 2021

The Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), if signed into law, would make unprecedented federal investments in broadband infrastructure and technology.

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Cities to Know: Mandatory Mask and Vaccine Policies

November 1, 2021

Georgia’s Cities spoke to GMA general counsel Rusi Patel on what cities can legally do in regard to COVID-19 mandates and policies.

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Cities, Time to Plan for Housing Issues

November 1, 2021

By Rusi Patel, GMA General Counsel

The past few years have been incredibly challenging for people across the country, including local government officials. The economic and public health challenges have caused the number of people who are in dire financial straits to blossom.

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Georgia’s Cities Invest in the Future

November 1, 2021

By Nikki Perry

Listening may be the most important thing city leaders can do when planning for the future.

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Training Class Helps City Leaders Understand How to Attract Young Professionals

November 1, 2021

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today”—this famous quote is one to consider for city leaders looking to attract young workers, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

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Cartersville, Garden City Provide Diversity Training to Hundreds of Employees

November 1, 2021

As cities reopened and employees started returning to the office, two city managers almost 300 miles apart had the same vision of providing essential diversity, equity and inclusion training for their cities.

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GMA’s Direct Lease Program Serves Cities

November 1, 2021

Since 1991, GMA has worked with cities in Georgia to facilitate the purchase of real estate projects for a variety of project types including city halls, police/fire stations and public parks, theaters and greenspaces among others.

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Legislative Activity Underway Leading Up to Redistricting Session

November 1, 2021

Georgia state legislators are anticipating Gov. Brian Kemp’s call for a special session on reapportionment in late fall, which could include local legislation.

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Two Cities Selected for 2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

November 1, 2021

The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation recently announced that the cities of Woodbury and Concord, along with Pike and Spalding Counties, were selected to participate in its 2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, which allows localities across the state to apply for research assistance that empowers them to envision, explore and plan for a “smart” future.

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Ball Ground Achieves GACP Certification

November 1, 2021

The small North Georgia city of Ball Ground has made big strides toward state certification, becoming the third in the state to earn the new Risk Reduction Certificate from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).

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Experts Share How Cities Adapt to Change

November 1, 2021

Cities across the nation are seeing great shifts in the workforce due to technology, changing demographics, a global pandemic and the call for more remote work options.

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Griffin’s EDIT Program Fosters Connection

November 1, 2021

By Becca J.G. Godwin

For the first time in Griffin’s 181-year history, city employees have certified a plan to promote diversity and inclusion within its workforce.

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AmeriCorps Seniors - American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program (SDP)

November 1, 2021

AmeriCorps

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provides additional federal resources to AmeriCorps Seniors in order to assist communities in COVID-19 recovery. This funding will be made available throughout the United States, with a particular interest in programs that will serve communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Engaging Our Youth to Improve Georgia’s Civic Health

November 1, 2021

Rebecca Rice and Elizabeth Turner, Georgia Family Connection Partnership

What do young people need from their communities? How can decision-makers change local systems to better support younger constituents? What can adults do to ensure youth have the desire and information they need to become active, contributing members of their communities now—and in the future?

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The Biggest Hidden Red Flags in a Phishing Email

CitySmart by VC3

October 25, 2021

Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer, Sophicity

As spammers and scammers get better at their jobs, their techniques grow more sophisticated. Here are five hidden red flags that could fool you if you’re not skeptical enough.

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Broadband Programs and Resources for Cities

October 21, 2021

Links and contact information for the state and federal agencies providing a range of resources.

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ARPA Economic Adjustment Assistance

October 19, 2021

U.S. Economic Development Administration (of the U.S. Department of Commerce)

The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

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New Urban Opportunity: Alleys, Mews, and Accessory Units

Public Square

October 19, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The unsung alley has the potential to create an intimate American urbanism, it just needs a little attention from urban designers.

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Underrepresented Community Grants

October 12, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) is intended to diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented.

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Save America's Treasures Grants

October 12, 2021

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections.

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2020 Census Data is Here!

October 7, 2021

In late August, the the 2020 Decennial Census numbers were released for all cities. You can access this information and a full list of resources. This data is also available on GMA's website and will be released in Easier to Use Formats on September 16, 2021.

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Feedback Needed on GDOT's Policy for Consultation Process with Local Officials in Non-Metro Areas

October 6, 2021

As local officials, your role is critical and much appreciated in the development of the State’s Strategic Transportation Plan and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. 

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Small Town, Big Impact: Dahlonega Makes Recreation Accessible

October 6, 2021

People have long loved getting outside in Dahlonega, but this year, the city took a step towards making its outdoor recreation more accessible to all.

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How Can Georgia’s Small Cities Survive in The Future?

October 6, 2021

By Donovan Rypkema, Principal, Place Economics

Preferences on where to live are changing. Early in the pandemic, there were news stories claiming an exodus from cities into less dense areas. As of today, that pattern seems to have been largely exaggerated.

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The Cities of Georgia: Planting Seeds and Living Dreams

October 6, 2021

By Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Through this time, one common ingredient is that city leaders have stepped up courageously to be voices of stability, encouragement and hope for the citizens they serve.

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Local Action, Statewide Impact

October 6, 2021

By Jim Thornton, GMA President

While serving as mayor or as a city councilmember is mostly a thankless job, it does have an upside. As we ride around or walk through our cities, we can point to things that are good, and things that are getting better, and projects that are happening, at least in part because of our work.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Toccoa’s Connie Tabor Recognized with Starr Award from Georgia Cities Foundation

October 5, 2021

Toccoa Community Development Director Connie Tabor has been recognized for her tireless efforts in restoring her city’s historic downtown district with the Starr Award, presented by the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF).

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Recognized with Renaissance Award from Georgia Cities Foundation

October 5, 2021

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation was presented with the Georgia Cities Foundation’s Renaissance Award Aug. 9 at the GMA Annual Convention.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: GMA’s 2021 Clerk of the Year

October 5, 2021

Brookhaven City Clerk Susan Hiott was named the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association’s 2021 Clerk of the Year during the GMA Annual Convention.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Communities Recognized as Cities of Ethics

October 5, 2021

The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance.

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2021 GMA Annual Convention: Esteemed Leaders Inducted into the Georgia Municipal Government Hall of Fame

October 5, 2021

On Aug. 9, five city leaders were inducted into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame, which was established in 1992 to recognize current and past municipal officials who exemplify the very best in public service and who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to municipal government, and have been strong supporters of GMA.

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Investing in Your Workplace Culture

October 5, 2021

ICMA

If you want to attract and maintain the best employees, having a desirable workplace culture definitely pays off.

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Zoned In: Economic Benefits & Shared Prosperity with Form-Based Codes

October 4, 2021

Smart Growth America

Form-based codes are widely recognized as tools to improve the character of a place, encourage physical activity, and strengthen resilience to climate change.

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