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.
County Officials and Legislators Return to The Depot
for the 2022 ACCG Legislative Breakfast
Speaker of the House David Ralston
More than 250 county officials and legislators returned to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the 2022 ACCG Legislative Breakfast at the Georgia Freight Depot. State leaders including Lieutenent Governor Geoff Duncan, House Speaker David Ralston, Presiding Justice Mike Boggs, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald provided updates on key legislative issues and other hot topics. The ACCG Policy team also provided an overview of legislation that is still active and encouraged county officials to talk to their legisators about these important issues heading into Crossover Day.

Pictured from left to right: ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller, ACCG 3rd Vice President and Toombs County Chairman David Sikes, ACCG 2nd Vice President and Baldwin County Chairman Henry Craig, ACCG President and Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor, ACCG 1st Vice President and Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes and ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills.
Governor Brian Kemp Joins
Upson County Officials and Others
for Highline Rebranding
Upson County Commission Chairman Norman Allen, Thomaston Mayor JD Stallings and Commissioner Ben Watson attended the rebranding launch event for Highline where they had the opportunity to meet with Governor Brian Kemp and Representative Beth Camp. Highline will partner with Upson County to implement the $4.4 million ARPA grant awarded for broadband accessibility in the county.
Innovation Station:
Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission
Introduces New Dumping / Litter Reporting App
The Keep Oconee Beautiful Commission recently launched a new custom mobile app allowing anyone to quickly and easily report littering issues in the county. The app alllows users to drop a pin at their location, upload a photo or video, and add comments to their report. Reports are sent directly to Keep Oconee County Beautiful, as well as Oconee County Code Enforcement, the Road Department and Litter Patrol. The app is available for iOS devices on the Apple App Store.
Henry County Opens
Real Time Crime Center
Henry County recently unveiled its latest crime fighting initiative with a ribbon cutting on its Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) located at the county's Emergency Operations Center. The RTCC is a network of cameras located throughout the county being monitored in real time by a team of analysts, providing updates to public safety officials with comprehensive intelligence to identify patterns to assist in fighting and even preventing crime.
Macon-Bibb Communications
Receives Top Honors from PR News
Congratulations to Macon-Bibb County Communications, which recently was recognized by PR News in its annual Nonprofit Awards. The Communications Plan for the Brookdale Resource Center was recognized took top honors in the Crisis Campaign category. The entire office earned an Honorable Mention as the Nonprofit Team of the Year - making them one of the top five in the entire country. Chief Communications Officer Chris Floore (who is also an ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy instructor) was named the Government Communicator of the Year - this is the second time he has received this recognition!
USDA Officials Discuss Rural Communities with ACCG, GMA and DCA
ACCG County Consulting Services Associate Mary Beth Brownlee attended a USDA coffee hour roundtable this week with new USDA Housing Administrator Joaquin Altoro and other USDA officials - along with representatives from the Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association. The discussion focused on sharing input to impact future programs and policies for rural communities.
South Georgia Technical College Conducts Motor Grader Training
The Crisp County Center of South Georgia Technical College recently hosted a motor grader operator classroom training session. Fifteen operators from Crisp, Cook, Dooly, Sumter and Turner counties attended the workshop. The classroom session covered pre-site inspection, machine safety, daily equipment/maintenance, liability issues, road hazards and operator station monitoring. The group will participate in the practical, "hands-on" portion of the workshop later this spring.
Registration is now open for the 2022 ACCG Annual Conference!
Talk to your county clerk today to get more information and to register!
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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