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Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources

April 2, 2018

ICMA & Microsoft

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) teamed up with its strategic partner Microsoft in 2017 for a report on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources provides local officials on what policies and procedures local governments are undertaking to protect their computer systems from attacks.

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Episode 6: Cities on a (Capitol) Hill Workshop Episode

April 2, 2018

Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale heads to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to discuss how legislative action at the state level affect small towns everywhere. Ever wondered why cities need lobbyists? Guest include members of GMA's Government Relations team and Georgia State Representative Clay Pirkle.

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Census Mapping Tool Shows Low-Response Areas

Census Mapping Tool Shows Low-Response Areas

March 29, 2018

Sara Friedman, GCN

To get an accurate count of nation's population, the Census Bureau depends on state and local government officials and community leaders to get the word out about the importance of every household responding.  To help communities tailor their outreach efforts that encourage residents to mail in their census forms, the bureau designed the nationwide Response Outreach Area Mapper that displays the predicted mail-in reply rates by census tract.

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Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide

March 27, 2018

National League of Cities

Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, a new report released March 12, 2018, by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the urban-rural divide and encourages stronger links between urban and rural areas to spur economic growth.

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Securing Your City Employees Without Annoying Them

CitySmart by Sophicity

March 27, 2018

Patrick Perry, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

Your information technology needs to allow your city staff to easily perform work while keeping them secure. Sure, you could remove all access to the internet—but then you would get very little done. What’s the right balance? If you are too lax with your information security, then you make yourself an easy target for bad actors (such as hackers). If you are too strict, then employees become unproductive, frustrated, and trapped.

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Episode 5: Beth English - City of Vienna

March 26, 2018

Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Vienna, Georgia for a conversation with longstanding Councilmember Beth English. The two discuss how English came to Vienna and quickly got involved with community groups and historic preservation, eventually being elected to City Council 5 times.

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Public Sector Retirement Initiative

Public Sector Retirement Initiative

March 19, 2018

National League of Cities

NLC’s Public Sector Retirement Initiative is a resource for elected officials featuring a series of reports and blog posts to help them navigate the complexities of retirement and healthcare planning and funding for the municipal workforce.

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Mayor Bottoms Prioritizes Meaningful Justice Reform with Cash Bond Ordinance

March 16, 2018

On Feb. 6, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed or­dinance 18-O-1045, which eliminates cash bonds to secure re­lease from the city of Atlanta Detention Center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. Crim­inal justice reform, including cash bail reform, has long been a key priority for Mayor Bottoms and was a center­piece of her campaign. Georgia’s Cities learned more about the new mayor’s prioritization of this ordinance and her continued plans for meaningful justice reform.

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Episode 4: Mayor's Day Workshop Episode

March 12, 2018

Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to the Mayor’s Day Conference in this first ever Workshop Episode of the podcast.

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How Cities Can Embrace Innovation With Smarter Regulations

How Cities Can Embrace Innovation With Smarter Regulations

March 9, 2018

Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute

Many city governments are torn when it comes to innovation. On the one hand, constituents increasingly demand flexibility, interaction, and iteration, and governments want to be seen as responsive to new ideas and services. On the other, cities are bound by regulatory processes developed decades ago and designed for predictability, stability, and protection. The real work for city leaders today is to create not just new rules, but new ways of writing and adjusting regulations that better fit the dynamism and pace of change of cities themselves.

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Seeking Common Ground: Why It’s Not as Hard as We Make It

Leadership Focus

March 9, 2018

Deke Copenhaver

The realization by local governments that the citizens we serve, no matter the district they live in, and are not too dissimilar when it comes to their basic wants and needs, can provide a framework for elected officials to work together towards resolving big picture issues facing cities nationwide.

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Athens-Clarke County Innovation Ambassadors

March 7, 2018

How can cities foster and institutionalize a culture of innovation? Athens-Clarke County recently implemented a program to encourage collaborative and cross-departmental improvements.

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Difficult Times and Sensitive Situations Require Strong Leadership

March 6, 2018

Gale Horton Gay

The leadership of city and coun­ty officials can make or break a community. Good, solid leader­ship can improve quality of life for residents, attract business and industry as well as strengthen re­lationships with all stakeholders, especially in times of crisis.
 

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Episode 3: James Eubanks - Town of Pelham

March 5, 2018

Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale

Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Pelham, GA to talk with Mayor James Eubanks, a young Mayor that started in local government at the age of 25. The two discuss Mayor Eubanks leaving and coming back home to Pelham, small town rivalry with the next town over, having your own small town city school system, and why Pelham is a place you should visit.

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5 Things City Leaders Should Know About Opportunity Zones

5 Things City Leaders Should Know About Opportunity Zones

February 28, 2018

National League of Cities

Opportunity Zones is a new community development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to spur long-term private investment in low-income communities nationwide. The program offers a federal tax incentive for reinvesting capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.”

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