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How the Humanities Strengthen Local Communities

June 13, 2017

Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities

We at Georgia Humanities, one of 56 affiliates of the NEH, believe there is no better way to nurture democracy, seek wisdom and inspire vision than through the humanities— such disciplines as history, literature, philosophy and ethics that help us understand ourselves, others and the responsibilities we have to each other and to our society.

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Georgia’s Cultural Economy Drives Strong Communities

June 13, 2017

By Karen L. Paty, Executive Director, Georgia Council for the Arts

No matter where you call home, visioning the future of a given place through the arts makes good sense. Last summer, American’s for the Arts conducted a study, which found that 87 percent of the population believes the arts are important to quality of life, and 82 percent believe that the arts are important to local businesses and the economy. 

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Uplifting the Joy and Inspiration in Public Service

June 13, 2017

Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, GMA President

In the movie “The Rookie,” 35-year-old pitcher Jim Morris is in the minor leagues. Missing his family, making little money and with little confidence he’ll get to the major leagues, Jim considers quitting. Reminded of his love of baseball after watching a little league game, he says with newfound enthusiasm to his best friend on the team, “You know what we get to do today? We get to play baseball.” 

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Striving to Make Georgia Cities Healthier

May 16, 2017

By Dan Popovic, Co-Founder, cMEcompete

Do you know how well your commu­nity stacks up against others? Do you know if community health positively or negatively impacts your local econ­omy? If you know the answers, what kind of plan do you have in place, how are you implementing and tracking the metrics?

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Preparation is Key to Serving Our Cities

May 15, 2017

By Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

Each day we come to work and assume that at the end of the day all things will be fine and ready for the next day. Occasionally, though, something out of the ordinary will occur and we are thrown into a cycle of emergency or confusion! A fire, an unexpected weather event or human error that shuts down the operation for a period of time are just a few of the situations that can occur and throw a city into crisis. When this happens we all hope that the preparation and planning are successful and we can continue business as usual.

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Stemming Georgia’s Opioid Epidemic: State & Local Government Cooperation

May 9, 2017

By Sen. Renee Unterman

With the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law in effect, the prevalence of first responders carrying naloxone varies depending on the funding available to purchase the naloxone kits in cities and counties in Georgia. Funding solutions should be explored by our counties and municipalities to ensure Naloxone is available to first responders and can be replenished after the kit passes an expiration date or is used in the field.

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Healthy Downtown Trends: Beyond the Buzzwords

April 19, 2017

Tommy Lowmon, Communications & Training Coordinator, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

What was once a one sided press release or publication, from which citizens received information about things happen­ing in their communities after the plan was in mo­tion, is now becoming more of a conversation to which people have the opportunity to add valuable input. This “exchange of information” is a necessary component of the communication process.

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Business Incubator Brings Variety to Downtown Macon

April 10, 2017

By Erika Conleay, Director of Place, NewTown Macon

Coworking space provides a professional environment with low operat­ing costs for startups and a lower commitment than opening a traditional storefront. Another large ben­efit of working in a shared space is the natural net­working and collaboration opportunities that happen when multiple businesses and startups work side-by-side. 
 

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We Must Stay "In the Mix" to Keep Cities Moving Forward

April 10, 2017

Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, GMA President

The annual festival season begins in earnest with the advent of spring. These local celebrations laud the unique character, products, natural resources and traditions of our individual cities. Later this month, many of our cities will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, one of GMA’s popular initiatives. “Georgia Cities: In the Mix” is this year’s theme and will be celebrated April 23-29. 

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Civic Buildings Positively Impact Downtown Revitalization

April 5, 2017

Stephanie S. Aylworth, Economic Development Director, City of Powder Springs

Decentralization of civic buildings is not considered a best practice for downtown revitalization. The effects are damaging if not severe to a town or city’s downtown economy.

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A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

March 10, 2017

Paul Hill, Founder, Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington Bothel

President Donald Trump’s voters in rural areas and small towns made a point: they were left behind while a lot of the country made economic progress, and they want that to change.

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Cities Charged to Work Together to Uncover Solutions

March 8, 2017

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

With the Legislature in session it seems we spend a lot of time defending “local control” and fighting “unfunded mandates.” Each year we get a different set of rules that limit our ability to deliver services expected by the taxpayers while doing so with less revenue.

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Cities Strong, Together in 2017

February 10, 2017

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director and CEO, National League of Cities

In the nation’s capital, the remark­able success of the Republican Party in the 2016 election contradicted expectations and changed the way many in Washington understand campaigns and the electorate. 

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Breweries Mean Business: A Change that Tastes like Urban Renewal

January 27, 2017

Michael McPherson, GMA Government Relations Associate

In Georgia, brewers are currently at a competitive disadvantage because they are not allowed to sell to the general public at their production site or associated venue. Georgia’s “three tier system” requirements do not allow for sales on site, while all of the states sur­rounding Georgia have done away with this specific limitation.

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State of the State: Georgia Will 'Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative'

January 11, 2017

Governor Nathan Deal

Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State of the State address delivered on January 11, 2017.

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