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GMA Prepares Cities for and Embraces New Leaders

October 17, 2017

Bill Thornton, Interim Executive Director, GMA

It’s election season in Georgia. This fall, many cities will be electing new councilmembers and mayors who will take office in January. We applaud every candidate who is willing to take up the mantle of public service. 

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Why Does Verizon Care About Telephone Poles?

October 11, 2017

Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, CA

We should all embrace the opportunity of greater broadband deployment, at better speeds, with the latest technology. Yet how we deploy this technology matters. If we’re going to provide the telecom industry with unfettered access to public property, then the public’s interest must come first.

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Missing Middle Housing: The Rediscovering of an Old Solution to a Current Problem

August 17, 2017

Billy Parrish, BillyParrish Consulting

As more Americans, including Georgians, look for affordable, walkable city living, and how to provide housing choices that can fit more modest budgets—from millennials looking for their first homes, to Gen X looking to move into a city, to Boomers looking to age-in-place—continues to be as elusive as Sasquatch. Creating more housing choices within our historic cities may just be the single biggest challenge we face now that Georgia cities have again become desirable places to live. But a promising new idea may help cities create more housing choice that can fit gracefully into the existing fabric of cities large and small. The irony is, we have had this exciting new idea right in front of us for over a hundred years.

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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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City Officials Must Build Relationships in the New Year

January 10, 2017

Lamar Norton, GMA Executive Director

The New Year is upon us and each new year brings the General Assembly back into session. This time is a critical time for each city official—elected or appointed—to make an effort to educate these well-intended individuals with the issues that impact cities and how we can work together for solutions.
 

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State of the State: ‘Ocean of Opportunity' lies ahead for Georgia’s Ship of State

January 13, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal

Text of Gov. Nathan Deal's State-of-the-State address delivered on January 13, 2016. 

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Downtown Developments: Cities Called to Encourage Future Historic Buildings

"The phrase, “future historic buildings” seems like a contradiction, right? To translate, we first must think about how buildings become historic. Simply put, for a building, block or district (like a downtown) to survive over the years, it must be built to last and worth saving." - Chris Higdon, Community Development Manager, GMA

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Downtown Developments: Revitalization and the art of the covered dish supper

By Ben Muldrow, Partner, Arnett Muldrow

Growing up, every Wednesday night, my family would head over to the Presbyterian Church for the covered dish supper: 40 feet of joyous jubilation in Jesus’ generosity. If you’re not familiar with these blessed events, allow me to school you. One meal. Many sides. Everyone brings something. No one leaves hungry.
 

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Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Our country was built upon the strength of our local communities and the local institutions that built them. What we do in our cities and how we approach those responsibilities are just as important, if not more so, as the actions undertaken by our brethren at the federal and state levels. - Larry Hanson, GMA Executive Director

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