Cities Connect

The following presentations are of the featured presenter from GMA’s weekly Cities Connect call with city officials. Please note that not all Cities Connect presentations are posted to the GMA web site.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Georgia Municipal Workforce Development Strategy and Playbook Overview

Cities Connect

August 3, 2022

In GMA’s August 2, 2022, Cities Connect call, Greg Wilson with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) discusses the Georgia Municipal Workforce Development Strategy and Playbook.

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GDOT Announces Grant for Cities Under 5,000 Population on Cities Connect Call

Cities Connect

July 29, 2022

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation took part in the July 26 Cities Connect meeting to announce the details of the 2nd Round of the Transportation Alternatives (TA) grant.

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Sustainability and Energy for Georgia's Future

Cities Connect

June 7, 2022

During the June 7, 2022, Cities Connect call Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols discussed sustainability energy options available to cities and provided an overview of Georgia's energy future and how it might impact cities as they serve the needs of their residents.

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Tapping into Georgia's Housing Resources for Your City

Cities Connect

May 31, 2022

Each year the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) invests over $180 million to build affordable housing around the state. In the May 31, 2022, Cities Connect call, Samanta Carvalho, Director, Office of Community Housing Development with DCA reviewed the state’s housing programs and provided information on how city officials can bring the state’s housing resources to their city.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Transportation Infrastructure

Cities Connect

May 24, 2022

Dan Hinton, Deputy Division Administrator in the Federal Highway Administration Georgia Division, was the May 24, 2022, presenter for GMA's Cities Connect call. He discussed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the direct-recipient model it incorporates for some transportation funding opportunities contained in the law. 

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Facing Georgia’s Opioid Challenge

Cities Connect

May 17, 2022

During the May 17, 2022, Cities Connect call, Cassandra Price, Director of the Office of Addictive Diseases with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (GDBHDD), discussed the ongoing opioid epidemic in Georgia. She provided updated information on the impact of opioids in Georgia, current services being provided by DBHDD to local communities, and reviewed the opioid settlements that will have an impact across the state.

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Lawrenceville Community Response Program

Cities Connect

May 10, 2022

In July 2021 the Lawrenceville Police Department began embedding two behavioral health clinicians into field operations. During the May 10, 2022, Cities Connect call Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington discussed the city police department’s proactive initiative to address the increasing mental health crisis its officers face in the community

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Georgia’s Historic Theatres: Outlooks for Arts, Education & Funding

Cities Connect

May 3, 2022

In the May 3, 2022, Cities Connect call, Leigh Burns, Director of the Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), discussed Georgia’s historic theatres and their ongoing success and outlook for recovery during COVID. She also discussed virtual learning, virtual programming and funding from FTI and other agencies in the year ahead.

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Community Climate Resilience

Cities Connect

April 26, 2022

In the April 26, 2022, Cities Connect call, Kait Morano, Senior Planner at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, discussed the main components of community resilience to counter Georgia’s changing climate as well as the cost-efficient strategies local governments can take to improve the resiliency of their communities.

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