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ACCG Upcoming Meetings:
SPLOST Training Sessions
Policy Committee Meetings  

SPLOST Training Sessions:
Counties that are preparing a SPLOST referendum this November or next year during the presidential preference primary should plan to attend one of the upcoming ACCG SPLOST training sessions.  Due to the infrequent nature of SPLOST referendums and ongoing changes to the SPLOST law, continuing education on SPLOST is important.  The sessions will be offered:

Tuesday, July 12
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Forsyth County Administration Building
Commissioners Meeting Room, Suite 220
110 East Main Street
Cumming, GA 30040
Thursday, July 14
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Turner County Civic Center
354 Lamar Street
Ashburn, GA 31714

Additional Information

ACCG Policy Committee Meetings
ACCG has scheduled the following joint policy committee meetings to discuss legislative issues that are expected to come before the General Assembly in 2012.

Wednesday, July 13*
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Policy Committee Meetings: 
Economic Development and Transportation
Natural Resources and Environment

Butts County Administration Facility
625 West 3rd Street
Jackson, GA 30233

Monday, July 25*
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Policy Committee Meetings: 
Health and Human Services
Public Safety and the Courts

Department of Corrections
State Offices South at Tift Campus
Monroe County

Additional Information

Friday, August 12
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Revenue and Finance Committee Meeting

Eatonton Plaza Arts Center - Putnam County
305 N. Madison Ave
Eatonton, GA 31024

Additonal Information

*Meetings sponsored by:


ACCG Welcomes Summer Interns

Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Gathercoal, Jason Matt & Lynne Laseter

ACCG welcomes summer interns Jason Matt, Lynne Lancaster and Jennifer Gathercoal. Every semester, the association hires interns to assist policy and legal staff with various projects. Over the course of their internship through August, each intern will be given the opportunity to attend policy meetings, interact with ACCG staff and learn about county government issues.

Jennifer Gathercoal, legal intern, is a rising third-year law student at the University of Georgia and a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Piedmont College, where she earned a B.A. in English. Upon receiving her law degree, Jennifer would like to pursue a career working in local government. During her tenure with ACCG, Jennifer will assist the legal staff by compiling and organizing content for a new legal webpage for the ACCG website, creating a resource guide for new county attorneys and providing legal research on a variety of topics.

Jason Matt, policy intern, is in his second year of the MPA program at the University of Georgia, where he is specializing in public budgeting and finance. Jason earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, with a minor in Sociology from Michigan State University. Upon completing his degree, Jason plans to work in state or local government budget and policy analysis. Prior to joining the ACCG intern program, Jason interned at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget in the Stimulus Accountability Division. While at ACCG, he will be assisting the policy staff by attending policy meetings, updating county and city budget information for the 2011 ACCG LOST Guide, updating the ACCG Property Tax Video, creating databases and conducting research on various policy issues.

Lynne Laseter, policy intern, received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Piedmont College and will be attending law school at Washburn University in the fall. Lynne participated in the Georgia County Internship Program as a Morgan County intern last summer and recently completed the ACCG spring semester internship program. Over the summer, Lynne will assist the policy staff by creating resources to assist counties in understanding immigration law, providing research assistance related to criminal justice reform, attending policy meetings and providing general research assistance as needed.  





Additional information on the ACCG Internship Program can be found here.


    Weed Heading Local Government Training at the Vinson Institute

The local government training program at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government has found a new leader in Murray Weed. Weed has taken the reigns of a program whose courses, many of them offered in partnership with ACCG, attract more than 14,000 registrations a year across Georgia.

Weed brings with him a wide range of experience in local government earned from a career serving counties and cities both large and small. In his previous position at the Atlanta law firm of Freeman, Mathis & Gary LLP, he represented county and municipal governments and provided specialized legal advice in all areas of local government and authority matters. He has also worked as an in-house attorney for Lowndes County and for the city of Hapeville and served as mayor pro tem of Peachtree City.

Weed has been a past instructor for the Vinson Institute in training programs for ACCG and the Georgia Municipal Association. He has developed and delivered courses for continuing legal education and served as a police academy instructor. Weed is also a frequent lecturer on the Georgia Open Records/Meetings law.

"We are thrilled to bring someone of Murray’s depth and breadth of experience in local government to this important role for the Institute," said Laura Meadows, director of the Vinson Institute’s training programs. "His broad background of working with local government both from an elected and appointed position, his teaching experience, and his personal commitment to lifelong learning will take the local training programs to new heights."

In addition to the training opportunities for both seasoned and newly elected county officials provided by the Vinson Institute’s program, it also serves county managers, clerks, and other employees at all levels. "The continuing education these courses offer is geared toward helping local government officials and staff excel in their public service to constituents," commented Weed.

Training topics range from leadership development to planning and zoning. The program offers planning retreats to help commissions and other groups build consensus around future initiatives and the Management Development Program, an intensive training program for current and future local government managers and supervisors.


Counties Must Now Submit Annual Budgets and Audits to Carl Vinson Website

As required by HB 122, which was passed during the 2010 General Assembly, all counties, cities and school systems with budgets in excess of $1 million are required to submit their annual budgets (effective on or adopted after January 1, 2011) and audits (completed after January 1, 2011) to the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s website. 

These documents should be sent in PDF format, and you’ll need to create an account in order to upload them. 

In order to create an account and submit your budgets and audits, please visit: https://ted.cviog.uga.edu/financial-documents/

Additional Information (PDF)

For questions or for additional information, please contact:

Wes Clarke
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
University of Georgia


6th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
August 24-26, 2011
Savannah Hyatt Regency
Savannah - Chatham County

The Annual Georgia Environmental Conference is the state's largest and most comprehensive educational opportunity and will be attended by an estimated 550 State, Local, and Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts, Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste and Recycling Experts, and many others with a strong interest in Georgia's Environmental Programs.

Over the three-day period, this conference will host an elite group of environmental professionals seeking to exchange knowledge and share ideas around environmental concerns in Georgia. The curriculum, designed and developed by our Steering Committee, offers more than 35 unique courses, allowing attendees to design their own personalized curriculum by selecting seven to eight educational courses while receiving approved Continuing Education credits. With the combined efforts of the state's leading environmental organizations, the Georgia Environmental Conference has proven to be a valued educational supplement focused on Sustaining the Future for the People of Georgia.

This year's conference will be centered within the historic city of Savannah, Georgia. All conference classes and receptions will be held at the Hyatt Regency, seated on the Savannah River waterfront.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.georgiaenet.com

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Association County Commissioners of Georgia
2013-2014 ACCG Board of Managers

Association County Commissioners of Georgia
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1000 | Atlanta, GA 30303
phone: 404-522-5022 | fax: 404-525-2477 | ACCG.org

We would appreciate your comments or suggestions. Your email will be kept private and confidential.

Courthouse photos courtesy of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia.