Suf­fridge named to GMA board

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Aragon Mayor Ken Suf­fridge was among more than 2,000 of­fi­cials to at­tend the An­nual Con­ven­tion of the Ge­or­gia Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion (GMA) in Sa­van­nah June 26-30.

And now he’s a mem­ber of the board.

Suf­fridge will serve as first vice pres­i­dent of GMA’s 1st Dis­trict. The dis­trict in­cludes cities in the fol­low­ing coun­ties: Dade, Ca­toosa, Whit­field, Fan­nin, Mur­ray, Gilmer, Walther, Chat­tooga, Gor­don, Pick­ens, Floyd, Bar­tow, Polk, Haralson and Pauld­ing.

It’s the first time a mem­ber of the City of Aragon has been asked to serve on the board, Suf­fridge said.

“We are pleased to have Mayor Suf­fridge tak­ing on this lead­er­ship po­si­tion,” said GMA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor La­mar Nor­ton. “He’s well re­spected by his col­leagues, and I’m sure he’ll pro­vide great lead­er­ship to the cities in his re­gion.”

The con­ven­tion held at the end of June in­cluded three days of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, along with two days of pol­icy com­mit­tee meet­ings, the elec­tion of new of­fi­cers and nu­mer­ous ses­sions on top­ics af­fect­ing mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

The as­so­ci­a­tion also adopted its 2016

leg­isla­tive poli­cies and voted in a new slate of of­fi­cers and Board of Di­rec­tors.

GMA’s an­nual gath­er­ing gives city of­fi­cials the op­por­tu­nity to hear from state lead­ers and lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­perts on is­sues af­fect­ing cities.

It also al­lows city lead­ers from around the state the chance to net­work with each other and learn about in­no­va­tive pro­grams. They also dis­cussed how new state and fed­eral laws will af­fect cities.

This year’s theme, “Cre­ative Im­pact,” ex­plored the eco­nomic and com­mu­nity im­pact of arts in cities.

“We spend a lot of time in ses­sions, but one of the most valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences is talk­ing to other city of­fi­cials,” said Suf­fridge. “Be­ing with other city of­fi­cials from around the state gives us the op­por­tu­nity to learn about in­no­va­tive pro­grams cities have im­ple­mented. We get to learn from other cities and ex­perts on mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment. We can also share our suc­cesses.”

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