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Fast and Cheap IT Support Puts Your City at Risk

CitySmart by Sophicity

August 27, 2018

Jessica Zubizarreta, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Cost-cutting measures focused only on price will also affect your city’s security as well as your operations. Cybersecurity has become a serious issue for cities. Not having the right IT support can open your city up to financial and legal liability from the effects of ransomware, viruses, and data breaches.

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FootGolf Comes to Thomasville

August 24, 2018

A new twist on a traditional sport is finding its way in the city of Thomasville. A nine-hole FootGolf course was just installed at the Country Oaks Golf Course. 

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Farmers Markets Bring Community and Character to Fairburn

August 23, 2018

Farmers markets across the state are popping up and bridg­ing the gap between local ven­dors and consumers. Fairburn Councilmember Hattie Portis-Jones shares the impact the city’s weekly market has on the community.
 

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Parks and Playgrounds Offer Entertainment for All

August 23, 2018

Gale Horton Gay

Some cities and communities are pri­oritizing inclusiveness and committing to it beyond just lip service.

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Four Strategies to Deliver on a Smart City Vision in 2018

Four Strategies to Deliver on a Smart City Vision in 2018

August 22, 2018

The Brookings Institution

As cities enter the next phase of smart technology development, what are the specific strategies needed to realize a smart city vision? Atlanta's experience offers four lessons.

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Fresh Air Recruitment Trends & Topics: Implicit Bias

Fresh Air Recruitment Trends & Topics: Implicit Bias

August 20, 2018

Engaging Local Government Leaders Network

It is difficult for people to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially people who are passionate about serving the public. But local governments are beginning to tackle these topics in order to serve everyone in an equitable manner.

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Service Delivery Strategies Brief: Negotiating Costs for County Roads

August 15, 2018

GMA has prepared this brief at the request of our organization’s member cities to provide guidance on negotiating the provision of county road services as part of local service delivery agreements mandated by O.C.G.A. §36-70-20, et. seq., the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) law.

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City Leaders Uncover Steps to a Better Conversation

August 15, 2018

By Nia Williams

“I want to talk to you about the ‘kindness’ and ‘inclusion’ that is hard,” said GMA Convention Keynote Speaker Celeste Headlee as she opened her “how to” presentation on creating conversa­tion that matters during the 2018 GMA Annual Convention. The journalist, professional speaker and author, went on to equip city officials and opening session attendees with 10 tips to creat­ing meaningful conversation.
 

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Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones

Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones

August 14, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts

City leaders across the country want to promote deconstruction as a way to create entry-level construction jobs and reduce demolition waste. But the push has had mixed success, with some programs getting off the ground but others stalling as contractors remain unable to turn a profit.

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Episode 17: Infrastructure Issues and Solutions - Workshop Episode

August 13, 2018

Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale focuses on municipal infrastructure. Whether you’re in a small town or a big city, water, sewer, roads, bridges and broadband are essential for cities of all sizes to live and grow. This episode includes conversations with local government officials, those who lobby at the state and local level, and Mayor Matt talks with special guests GDOT Director of Planning Jay Roberts and GA Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

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Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities

August 10, 2018

Center for Community Progress

Incorporating the arts into place-based community development can spark fresh interest in vacant property. At the same time, creative placemaking, as a community-centered process, is a powerful tool to support equitable revitalization.
 

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Leadership and the Only Power that Really Matters

Leadership Focus

August 10, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

It is my firm belief through watching and learning from the great leaders I’ve come in contact with that they all have in common one simple trait: they didn’t focus on seeking power but rather to empower those around them. For me the only real power that matters for transformational leaders is the power to inspire.

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Municipal Incorporation: Requirements under Georgia Law

August 7, 2018

Becoming an incorporated entity has numerous advantages but also carries various responsibilities.

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A State and Local Government Leader’s Guide to Building the Public Workforce of the Future

August 6, 2018

Governing Institute

The need for workforce modernization in the public sector has never been greater. To solve multiple challenges in attracting new employees into public service, governments must modernize their approach to hiring and retaining talent.

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An Atlanta Home’s 60-Year Journey To Vacancy And Disrepair

An Atlanta Home’s 60-Year Journey To Vacancy And Disrepair

August 3, 2018

WABE

While the center of Atlanta has seen housing demand grow, communities to the west and south continue to deal with a glut of vacant properties. So how did 1004 Lookout become one of them? What turned this property into an empty, dilapidated home?

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