Each week ACCG shares photos highlighting activities from counties
around the state and the ACCG team at work. Email your photos to bbrown@accg.org.
Today's Local Lens e-newsletter will be the last one sent for 2021. On behalf of the ACCG staff, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a joyous new year.
We look forward to celebrating your successes in Local Lens in 2022!
Governor Kemp and Local Officials Welcome Rivian
for Single-Largest Economic Development Project in State History
This week, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Rivian Inc. will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric vehicles. Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs on just under 2,000 acres of property represented by the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties. Once operations are fully ramped up, the Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Serra Hall, executive director of the Newton County IDA, and Shane Short, executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County, were instrumental in the process of the site selection. (Photos courtesy of David Clemons, The Walton Tribune)
New Habersham County Commissioner Sworn In
Local business owner Ty Akins was sworn in this week as Habersham County's District 5 Commissioner. Propbate Judge Pamela F. Wooley conducted the ceremony at the Habersham County Courthouse.
More County Holiday Fun
Carroll County found a unique was to decorate the front of the Judicial Center next to the historic courthouse. The Maintenance Department hand made large wooden ornaments that showcased the various county departments and placed them around the tree. Carroll County Chairman Michelle Morgan and her leadership team joined in the fun by posing with their ornaments!
Lamar County Celebrates
´╗┐"A Country Christmas"
Lamar County kicked off its holiday season with a Country Christmas parade. The local governments started the parade last year as a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lamar County. The parade was an instant favorite, especially among the kids.
Lowndes County Names
Farmers of the Year Awards
The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners, Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and the Lowndes County Extension Offie held a farmer appreciation breakfast and presented the 2021 Farmer of the Year Awards this week. Aaron Horne (pictured center) with Horne Legacy Farms was named Small Farmer of the Year. The agriculture industry represents more than $337 million in annual farm gate value within Lowndes and Echols counties.
Meet an ACCG Staff Member
Name: Schuyler Harding

Program: ACCG

Position: Communications Director 

Joined ACCG: 2012

About Schuyler: Schuyler loves to travel with friends, attend concerts, write, give back to her community through volunteering, cheer on the Atlanta Hawks and spend time with her family. She has two nieces, Anaiya (17) and Nora (5), and one goddaughter Sydney (5) and looks forward to having her own family one day. Schuyler is also a twin and has written opinion pieces for the AJC.
Tell Us What's Happening in Your County!
ACCG wants to share positive news about events and projects from your county with your peers from across the state. Photos and story ideas submitted to ACCG for Georgia's Local Lens or the Georgia County Spotlight may be used in this e-newsletter or on ACCG's website or social media. Photos and other information used are provided courtesy of our county constituents and ACCG staff. For questions or information, please contact Beth Brown at bbrown@accg.org.
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