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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

March 18, 2020

Georgia’s local officials have been thrust into a situation not of our making, but what is required of us is clear…open and transparent leadership grounded in the common good.

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Sausage Making and Lobbying: Why City Officials Need to Be Involved

February 27, 2020

"After 30 years of walking the marble halls and lobbies of Georgia’s Capitol, it’s a wonder I don’t hear the House and Senate voting bells ringing in my ears while I sleep." - Tom Gehl, GMA Director of Governmental Relations

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A New Year and a New Decade Abounds with Optimism

February 27, 2020

"I believe public officials office and a desire to serve because they have an optimistic outlook on the future—they see an opportunity to make a difference, to make things better and improve the quality of life for those they serve." - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Positioning Ourselves for the Future

February 27, 2020

"I’ve been involved with GMA for 30 years now, and as much as any time in the past, exciting things are taking place." - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

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Choose to Invest in Your City’s Future

February 19, 2020

By East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham

A recent survey by GMA indicates that Georgia’s cities are facing $11.2B of capital needs between now and 2022. As an elected official, it is top-of-mind that property tax increases can’t be the go-to for covering the investment needs across the state.
 

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Gov. Kemp's 2020 State of the State Address

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January 17, 2020

Gov. Brian Kemp

Text of Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State address delivered on January 16, 2020.

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Economic Development: A Part of the GMA Mission

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December 6, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

"While Georgia’s 538 cities comprise only 9.2 percent of the state’s land area, they provide 68 percent of the state’s jobs. In fact, 91.6 percent of the gross domestic product in the state of Georgia is derived from cities." - Larry Hanson, Executive Director, GMA

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Take Time to Reflect on the Value of Georgia’s Cities

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December 6, 2019

Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

As the 1980s icon and philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President

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Thank You for Your Dedicated Service

November 7, 2019

"What I consistently see in my role at GMA—no matter the city’s size or location—is elected officials who genuinely want to make their city a better place." - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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Leaders, What’s Your Evidence of Trustworthiness?

November 7, 2019

"The question before us is what can we do to be trustworthy? It’s up to us to provide the evidence of our trustworthiness. And we can do that by being competent at what we do, being reliable by doing what we say we’ll do and being honest." - Dublin Mayor Phil Best, GMA President
 

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The Next Urban Comeback

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October 28, 2019

Otis White, President, Civic Strategies, Inc.

With downtowns reviving, the next challenge for cities will be to turn around declining neighborhoods. The playbook hasn’t been written yet, but we know who will be its authors: the residents.

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Georgia’s First Lady Asks For Cities’ Help To End Human Trafficking

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October 8, 2019

"The criminal enterprise behind this national operation is strong, well-funded and organized. Awareness and education are key in combating this evil." – Marty Kemp, First Lady of Georgia

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Growing Georgia: The Future is Now with Mobility

June 1, 2019

Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road and Tollway Authority Interim Executive Director

Mobility has become THE buzzword of the 21st century. Whether we are talking about autonomous cars, ridesharing, “Mobility as a Service,” buses, rail, bicycles or motorized scooters, we are seeing people embrace new, state-of-the-art ways to get from Point A to Point B all under the banner of mobility.

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Remembering Mike Starr

June 1, 2019

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

In 1999, the Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF) was incorporated as a non-profit to serve as a catalyst to assist cities in community development efforts and to enhance underserved downtown areas. For any initiative to be successful, it must have a champion and strong, respected leader—Mike Starr was that for GCF.

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When the Community Becomes the Developer

April 26, 2019

Kirby A. Glaze Founder and President, Public-Private Partnership Project Management, Inc.

For years cities in Georgia have been waiting for their downtowns to be discovered by developers. They know their downtowns are as yet undiscovered jewels, just waiting on that visionary developer to invest in mining them, polishing them and reaping the financial rewards of their discoveries.

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