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    PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA, February 3, 2023 – Councilmember Eric Christ, who represents District 2 of the City of Peachtree Corners, received the Certificate of Excellence from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Cities United Summit in Atlanta on January 22. Councilmember Christ was one of just 22 city officials statewide to receive this honor at the summit.
    The Harold F. Holtz 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 city officials. 
    “This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Christ for this accomplishment and for the dedication he has shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
    To receive a Certificate of Excellence, a city official must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, including at least 54 hours from a list of required courses along with graduating from the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute program. Classes completed by Councilmember Christ included Making Citizen Engagement Work in Our Communities, Managing Growth, Municipal Law, Municipal Finance, Municipal Water and Wastewater Systems and Public Policy Development.
    "I'm honored by this recognition from the GMA and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government," said Councilmember Christ.  “I look forward to putting the knowledge gained from these training classes to work for the residents of Peachtree Corners."
    “We are proud of our partnership with GMA to provide high-quality, relevant training to Georgia’s more than 3,500 municipal officials," said UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Rob Gordon. "The institute remains committed to being the trusted resource that city officials across Georgia turn to for leadership and professional development training that makes a difference in the lives of the citizens they represent.”
    About the City of Peachtree Corners
    About the City of Peachtree Corners: Situated alongside the Chattahoochee River and at the southwest corner of Gwinnett County in the metro Atlanta area, Peachtree Corners, Georgia is a vibrant municipality that’s home to more than 40,000 residents and an innovation hub that houses some of the world’s most disruptive technology companies. As the United States’ premier smart city – powered by real-world connected infrastructure – Peachtree Corners serves as the model for how government and private industry can better collaborate to create a better future for society and business. From the world’s first fleet of teleoperated e-scooters deployed, a fully autonomous shuttle utilized by actual residents, a solar roadway to the largest electric vehicle charging hub in the region, Peachtree Corners is where the most future-forward Internet of Things (IoT) and sustainable technologies come to life for the benefit of its people, and the world. For more information, visit http://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.
    About the Georgia Municipal Association
    About the Georgia Municipal Association: Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to all of Georgia’s 537 cities. GMA anticipates and influences the forces shaping Georgia’s cities and to provide leadership, tools and services that assist municipal governments in becoming more innovative, effective and responsive. Created in 1933, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. For more information, visit www.gacities.com.

    Picture caption: 2023-01-22 (Left to Right) GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson, Pembroke Mayor Pro Tem Tiffany Zeigler, Peachtree Corners Councilmember Eric Christ, and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government Director Rob Gordon.

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