Hoffman Receives Certificate of Achievement

dsc 0021Dahlonega Councilmember Bruce Hoffman received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's (GMA) 81st Annual Convention in Savannah on June 23.

The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit, including six courses from the required list. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 courses.

"This is an outstanding achievement," said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. "We commend Councilmember Hoffman for this accomplishment and for the dedication he's shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official."

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 500 member cities.

Students Visit City Hall


Mrs. Anderson's class from Lumpkin County Elementary spent time at City Hall learning the day to day responsibilities of running a city. The field-trip was in conjunction with their government class project to manage a city they created named "Cleverville."

2014 Georgia Cities Week


In celebration of Georgia Cities Week and Historic Preservation Month, the City of Dahlonega hosted an art show that exhibited pieces from Lumpkin County High School students. "People, Place & Purpose" was the theme for the exhibit and was cosponsored by Lumpkin County High School and the Georgia Municipal Association.

Girl Scouts Visit Water Plant

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Water Plant Operator Randy Price led Girl Scout Troop 10945 through the City's water treatment facility as part of their "Wonders of Water" (WOW) journey. Co-leader of the group, Melanie Charles, says this journey is teaching the Daises and Brownies about the "water cycle, water conditions around the world, and young girl initiatives to save water." Next, the Troop has plans to visit Amicalola Falls State Park. During this exercise the Troop will explore the life of the creek in order to learn more about the quality of the water.

Adoption of Revised Design Guidelines

DSC 0063The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) adopted revised Dahlonega Design Guidlines at the March 19th meeting. The revised guidelines comply with the Department of Interior regulations (36 CFR Part 67, Historic Preservation Certifications).

City of Dahlonega Mayor & Council Participate in 2014 Mayors’ Day

MayorsDay2014City of Dahlonega Mayor, Council and staff were among nearly 800 city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta January 24-27. The annual conference provides city officials with an opportunity to learn more about legislation under consideration at the Georgia Capitol, attend training sessions and hear from state leaders. This year's conference also included a United States Senate candidates forum.

Two special training classes were held on Friday afternoon. One dealt with fair housing and land use standards, while the other covered public policy development and implementation.

Representing Dahlonega were Mayor Gary McCullough, Councilman Sam Norton, Councilman Mitchell Ridley, Councilman Michael Clemons, Councilman Bruce Hoffman, Councilman Terry Peters, Councilman Roman Gaddis, City Attorney Doug Parks and City Manager Bruce Georgia. "Attending Mayors' Day gives us an opportunity to hear about legislation affecting our cities and gives us a voice in shaping GMA's future legislative policies," said Mayor Gary McCullough.

During the conference officials had the choice of attending concurrent sessions on creating a downtown vision, developing technology and small business incubators and the economic impact of education. They also participated in GMA's six policy committees and heard from the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house on their plans for the legislative session.

For more information on GMA, visit them at http://www.gmanet.com/.

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