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Impacting Georgia’s Local Communities Through Recreation and Parks

August 20, 2018

Steve Card, CPRP, Executive Director, Georgia Recreation and Park Association

Local parks and recreation play a key role in achieving these desired outcomes. Through fa­cilities and programming, community members en­gage in the outdoors, get healthier and connect to places to find relaxation.

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Thomasville Cultivates an Environment for Curious and Creative Minds

July 6, 2018

Michele Arwood, Executive Director, Thomasville Center for the Arts

Tucked amid the longleaf pines in the southwest corner of Georgia lies Thomasville. A quintessential rural southern city where one feels a palpable sense of place and strong community pride in the historic assets.

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Civility, Kindness and Inclusion Crucial to Our Future Success

June 29, 2018

Linda Blechinger, GMA President

The act of civility will bring people to the table. Embracing kindness will allow for discourse and the exchange of ideas. And it will be through the act of inclusion that the solutions to the issues we face in our communities will be solved.

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Protesting in Your City: Understanding First Amendment Rights

Towns and the Law

May 23, 2018

Rusi Patel Patel, GMA Senior Associate General Counsel

A few weeks ago I was driving through a small town in Indiana. It was sleeting and snowing and cold. It also happened to be the day of “March for Our Lives,” a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun regulations. Despite the terrible weather, as I drove by the courthouse I noted dozens of people out on the courthouse steps. It reminded me of my time working for a city in Southeastern Georgia almost a decade ago when we had a similarly sized Tea Party protest in front of the courthouse on a miserably hot summer day.

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Why Governments Need to Get Serious About Succession Planning

May 21, 2018

By Patrick Ibarra, Co-Founder and Partner, The Mejorando Group

According to a recent Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Forecast, “The Top Workplace Trends According to HR Professionals,” 57 percent of the responding HR professionals foresee a shortage of skilled workers having a major strategic impact on their organizations. 

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Harlem Keeps Small Town Charm While Managing Growth

May 18, 2018

Harlem Mayor Roxanne Whitaker

Let me welcome you to Harlem, Georgia—the birthplace of Oliver Hardy and home to the Harlem Bulldogs. Harlem is the smaller of two municipalities located in one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia—Columbia County (approximately 150,000 residents). 

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Pulling Together Gets Results

May 16, 2018

Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

Days after the 2018 legislative session ended, many Georgians flocked to Augusta to watch some of the world’s best golfers take to the course. It seems appropriate to me that the two events, the Masters and the session, follow so closely. 

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Combining Assets and New Practices for Equity and Inclusion in Redevelopment

April 13, 2018

Anika Goss-Foster, Executive Director, Detroit Future City

Many of Detroit’s neighborhoods still struggle with high rates of poverty and disinvestment, with 36 percent of residents who live below the federal poverty line and 52 percent of residents live in areas of concentrated poverty. It’s not unusual to have to respond to divestment with a high level of targeted investment to create transformational change. 

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Conservation Contributes to Your Community’s Quality of Life and Bottom Line

April 12, 2018

Kendra Briechle, Community and Economic Development Manager, The Conservation Fund

At first blush, you might not think about conservation as a contributor to your community’s economic health. But numerous communities in Georgia and across the country have realized that natural resources, as well as cultural and heritage assets, are key economic and community investments.

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What Exactly is Official Immunity and Does It Apply to Me?

Towns and the Law

April 12, 2018

Caroline Dorsey, Assistant General Counsel, GMA

As you are likely aware, Georgia law provides some protection to public officers and employees from personal liability for official actions. This protection is known as the doctrine of official immunity. Official immunity, sometimes referred to as qualified immunity, is different than sovereign immunity, which protects the governmental entity when an official is sued in his or her official capacity.

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Let’s Use ‘Small-P’ politics to Better Cities

April 12, 2018

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, GMA President

This past month I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to over 450 newly elected city officials during their mandated training session in Athens and Tifton. I touched on a number of different things with our newly elected brethren. One thing I hit on was the purpose of being an elected official and the current environment in which we serve.

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Downtown Thrives With Historic Preservation

April 11, 2018

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Staff

Local leaders have realized that preserving their downtown corridors supports the stability of their communities and maintains that which makes it unique. This, in turn, makes these areas more desirable destinations and helps stabilize real estate prices. 

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Call to Action: Ask Congress to Invest in Infrastructure and Rebuild with Us

April 11, 2018

Mayor Phil Best of Dublin, GMA's Second Vice President and GMA Federal Policy Council Chair

Despite significant investments, local and state funds will not be enough to meet cities needs for transportation, rural broadband, water and sewer, public safety, and other critical needs. For us to succeed in addressing comprehensive infrastructure needs, the federal government must remain a long-term partner.

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ELGL Introduces the Next Generation to Local Government and Highlights Diversity

March 16, 2018

Kent Wyatt, Co-Founder, ELGL and Stacy Wall Schweikhart, Board of Directors, ELGL

We’re submitting this article on Feb. 15 also known as Singles Awareness Day, National Gumdrop Day, and National I Want Butter­scotch Day. This is important be­cause City Hall Selfie Day started in 2016 when Engaging Local Gov­ernment Leaders (ELGL) member and Routt County Deputy County Manager Dan Weinheimer noted the ridiculousness of holidays like these and wondered why we are not celebrating local government. 

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Strong Character Makes for ‘Good Government’

March 8, 2018

Larry Hanson, Executive Director, GMA

In this month’s front page story highlighting GMA’s Annual Convention, you’ll notice our theme “The Character of Cities.” We take this theme a step further with a focus on the words, “civility, kindness and inclusion.” Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has made the topic of civility a cornerstone of her GMA presidency, and with good reason. 

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