Covington Councilwoman Janet A. Goodman was among nearly 800 city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta Jan. 26-28. 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.
A special pre-session conference on the role of city government in education was held on Friday afternoon. State School Superintendent John Barge outlined some of the opportunities and challenges facing schools and the state, and participants engaged in breakout sessions to establish ways cities can help schools before hearing from a panel of experts on the subject.
Training classes on Jan. 26 provided city leaders with information on topics such as municipal finance, council-staff relationships, human resources, ethics and open meetings/open records.
Goodman attended a class in municipal law for a better understanding of current revisions made in the last three years.
"Attending Mayors' Day gives us an opportunity to hear about legislation affecting our cities so we can then discuss these issues with our legislators, and it also gives us a voice in shaping GMA's legislative policies," said Goodman.
During the conference officials had the choice of attending concurrent sessions on becoming more globally competitive, engaging changing populations or learning more about designing retirement plans for cities and upcoming changes to accounting standards. 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. In addition, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood addressed transportation spending in Georgia and projects funded by the federal government.