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What Cities Should Know About the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

October 6, 2022

National League of Cities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the notice of funding opportunity for the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). This program is funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and provides a total of $1 billion dollars in cybersecurity related funding over the next four years, with $185 million dollars available for FY22, specifically targeted to state, local and territorial governments across the nation.

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Cities Connect: Cybersecurity Threats - Your Leadership Needed

Cities Connect

October 6, 2022

Georgia Municipal Association

This episode of Cities Connect features a joint presentation on Cybersecurity by Sou Ford, Senior Vice President of Lockton; Charles Kicklighter, Special Agent at Georgia Bureau of Investigation; and Alison Cline Earles, CIPP/US, Senior Associate General Counsel at Georgia Municipal Association. 

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USDA Regional Food Business Centers Program

October 5, 2022

US Department of Agriculture

These Regional Food Centers will support producers by providing localized assistance to access local and regional supply chains, including linking producers to wholesalers and distributors.

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NPS Save America's Treasures

October 5, 2022

US National Park Service

The Save America’s Treasures grant program was established in 1998 and first awarded grants in 1999 to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations.

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HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants

October 5, 2022

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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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DOE Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs

October 5, 2022

US Department of Energy

The Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program – or H2Hubs – includes up to $7 billion to establish six to 10 regional clean hydrogen hubs across America. 

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AWWA: Cybersecurity & Guidance

October 3, 2022

American Water Works Association

Cybersecurity is the top threat facing business and critical infrastructure in the United States, according to reports and testimony from the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Eleven Principles for Places Recovering from Disinvestment

Public Square

September 27, 2022

Steve Mouzon, Principal, Mouzon Design

Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood serves as an example of how cities can revitalize those places in their communities that have experienced serious disinvestment. The key? Remain true to the character of the place.

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Cities Connect: Bridging the Digital Divide and GCS’ New Certificate Program

Cities Connect

September 22, 2022

This Cities Connect episode features Lena Geraghty, NLC’s Director of Sustainability and Innovation, detailing how city leaders can help bridge the digital divide in their communities and Alexandra Campos Castillo, Georgia City Solutions Program Manager, provides an overview for GCS' new certificate program.

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US DOT Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program

September 20, 2022

US Department of Transportation

The SMART program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.

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US DHS State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLGCP)

September 20, 2022

US Department of Homeland Security

With this funding, SLT governments will be better equipped to address cybersecurity risks, strengthen the cybersecurity of their critical infrastructure, and ensure resilience against persistent cyber threats for the services SLT governments provide their communities. (Local governments are sub-recipients.)

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You’re Invited: Attend the QLG Workshop in Cartersville

September 15, 2022

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) are partnering to host the Qualified Local Government, Service Delivery Strategies and Local Government and Authorities Reporting Requirements Workshop Sept. 22 from 10:30 am to noon at Georgia Highlands College’s Cartersville campus. Participants can expect to hear about DCA requirements for planning, research and surveys, and about requirements for the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.

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EPA Solicitations for Brownfield Grants (various)

September 12, 2022

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum.

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US DOT Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements Grant Program (CRISI)

September 12, 2022

US DOT Federal Railroad Administration

This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.

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HUD Healthy Homes Grant

September 12, 2022

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time.

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Cities Connect: How to Use GMA’s LOST Template

Cities Connect

September 8, 2022

Welcome to the Georgia Municipal Association’s Cities Connect, where we discuss issues that matter. In this Cities Connect meeting, we are discussing local option sales tax negotiations. GMA research analyst Claire Chan and member services consultant Terrell Jacobs will discuss how to integrate data from sources like the Department of Revenue, the Census Bureau and DCA into the GMA LOST template, which has already been adopted by cities throughout the state.  

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How Should Municipalities Approach Archiving Social Media Content?

CitySmart by VC3

September 7, 2022

Kevin Howarth, Communications Manager, VC3

City clerks are the record keepers of their municipalities, but what does that mean for social media content? Are you responsible for maintaining an archive of every post created by your municipality?

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OPB Public Safety and Community Violence Reduction Grant

September 1, 2022

Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

The purpose of this funding is to address violent gun crime and community violence that have increased as a result of COVID-19, or to address a decrease in public sector law enforcement staffing as a result of COVID-19.

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OPB Improving Neighborhood Outcomes in Disproportionally Impacted Communities

September 1, 2022

State of Georgia Office of Planning and Budget

Investments in neighborhood features, including parks, recreation facilities, sidewalks, and healthy food access, can work to improve physical and mental health outcomes.

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Cities Connect: What Your City Needs to Know About the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program

Cities Connect

September 1, 2022

Learn what kind of projects qualify for the DNR’s Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program, which cities can use to help protect land critical to wildlife, clean water and outdoor recreation and more.

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AmeriCorps State and National American Rescue Plan (ARP) Planning Grants

August 30, 2022

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps planning grants provide support to a grant recipient to develop an AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in implementing evidence-based interventions to solve community problems.

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HUD Older Adult Homes Modification Program

August 30, 2022

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The overall purpose of the Older Adult Home Modification Program (OAHMP) is to assist experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs to meet the needs of low-income elderly homeowners.

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Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program (Conserve Georgia)

August 30, 2022

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Program funds will be dispersed for the purpose of providing stewardship to state parks; state lands and wildlife management areas; to support local parks and trails; and to protect critical conservation lands.

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Restoring a Lost Square

Public Square

August 26, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

What can be done when a historic courthouse town has been robbed of its square? In Clarkesville, GA, input from public officials, citizens, and business owners has resulted in a 75-acre plan to restore the town's public space. 

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Cities Connect: Why a Solid IT Foundation is Important for Cities

Cities Connect

August 25, 2022

In this Cities Connect call, Christie Williams, an Account Executive with VC3, discusses why every city needs a solid IT foundation and details the repercussions that may occur if one is not in place.

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GDOT Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant

August 18, 2022

Georgia Department of Transportation

Provides funding to local governments for local road projects

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South Fulton Fire and Rescue's Camp EMBERS

August 17, 2022

The August 16, 2022, EMBRACE webinar featured Captain Tangela Rowe with the City of South Fulton's Fire and Rescue Department. Capt. Rowe discussed the department's Camp EMBERS, a fire leadership program for girls.

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OPB Capital Projects Fund

August 16, 2022

The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.

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A Conversation on Land Banking

Cities Connect

August 11, 2022

Odetta Macleish-White, the Director of Georgia Initiatives at the Center for Community Progress, discusses the benefits of land banks and how they can be used to address vacant and abandoned properties. She also details how systemic vacancies are created and impact communities.

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2022 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Winners Announced

August 11, 2022

On August 9, 2022, the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation announced that the cities of Warner Robins, Athens-Clarke County and Atlanta, along with Henry County, were winners of the 2022 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.

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The Importance of Employee Security Awareness Training

CitySmart by VC3

August 11, 2022

Katherina Yavela, Director of Marketing, CW Technology

When it comes to securing your company’s network, you must think beyond technology. Relying on firewalls, antivirus software, and secure remote connections is simply not enough anymore.

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Webinar: A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Georgia's Sunshine Laws

August 9, 2022

Watch the GMA webinar, "A Law Enforcement Officer's Guide to Georgia's Sunshine Laws."

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