SAVANNAH, GA - Mayor Owens and City Councilmembers recently attended the Georgia Municipal Association’s 89th Annual Convention in Savannah. The Annual Convention is a time for Georgia’s cities to unite and come together to learn, grow, and fellowship.

This year’s convention theme, “GA Cities: Lighting the Way. Leading the Future”, was inspired by the resiliency that Georgia’s cities showed during the pandemic. The way Georgia’s cities helped their citizens recover and overcome challenges the past two years provided inspiration for all people. GMA’s theme was illuminated throughout the convention in classes, sessions, and networking opportunities.

Councilmembers attended multiple sessions and activities during the multi-day convention. The informative sessions provide a deeper understanding of effective local governance and professional development.  

During the convention Mayor Owens and Councilman Pollard received recognition for completing the Robert E. Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. This course is an intensive multi-day seminar that focuses on helping city officials enhance and sharpen their leadership skills. Facilitated in part by a nationally recognized training development consultant, the Leadership Institute includes an interactive simulation exercise that confronts participants with the daily problems of governing and ultimately demonstrates the necessity of communication and collaboration in achieving good governance. The city looks forward to seeing what Mayor Owens and Councilman Pollard learned put in action as our city continues to grow toward tomorrow.  

Mayor Owens was also recognized for being elected as GMA’s Second Vice President for District 10. In this role he will serve as a liaison between GMA and municipal officials in GMA’s District 10. Mayor Owens commented, “I want to thank the cities of District 10 for their support and trust. As we continue to navigate economic headwinds, we must embrace innovation and leverage emerging technologies to move our city and region forward. I will do my part to encourage progress through bold and effective policies.”

Attending convention each year is always a positive and growing experience for elected officials. It is a great tool that provides foundation, guidance, and fun!! The City of Camilla is thankful for their commitment to Camilla and its citizens.

Created in 1993, GMA is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its members. GMA currently represents 537 cities in Georgia.

June 27, 2022