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Monday, July 9, 2018
For Bryan County Now

As reported by For Bryan County Now, the city of Pembroke was recently awarded a Liability Grant from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in the amount of $3,200 for the purchase of IT in a Box.

IT in a Box is technology the GMA helped create that can be used for backing up and securing data to modernizing websites.

“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Eileen Thomas, marketing field manager for the GMA, on June 11.


IT in a Box services include: 
  • Cybersecurity and computer maintenance
  • A 24x7 helpdesk
  • Data backup and disaster recovery
  • Records / document management and email
  • Video archiving
  • Policy and compliance practices and procedures
  • Website production and management
  • Vendor management and procurement


The GMA Safety and Liability Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since the inception of the program over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, over 500 grants were approved totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.

Based in Atlanta the GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit consulting services to its over 500 member cities.