Duluth Council Member Graeder Receives Award at GMA Convention

Council Member Manfred Graeder received the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute Certificate of Recognition during the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention in Savannah on June 26. 

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.

Michael-Angelo James, Mayor of the City of Waycross (Left) and Council Member Manfred Graeder from the City of Duluth (Right) holding his award.
Michael-Angelo James, Mayor of the City of Waycross (Left) and Council Member Manfred Graeder from the City of Duluth (Right).


“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA CEO and Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Council member Graeder for this accomplishment and for the dedication shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”

To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit, including at least 18 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of more than 70 courses.


“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 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. 


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