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Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites is pleased to invite you to "Your State Parks Day" on Sept. 29, 2012 in honor of National Public Lands Day. Free admission and parking for the day is available at most sites so you can come out to experience your favorite park or historic site and also give a little back. 

Many volunteer chapters around the state will be hosting a service project that you can get involved in to help preserve and protect Georgia's most important treasures. Many sites will have free T-Shirts and door prize drawings to thank you for your efforts. 

Please join Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites on this day of fun and discover how your stewardship can make a difference for Georgia.

For information on volunteer opportunities, visit:

For a list of all the events going on for Your State Parks Day, visit:


DCA Consideration of Building Codes to Improve Construction for Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Floods

The Department of Community Affairs Board will consider adoption of an optional Disaster Resilient Construction Code (Appendix R of the Georgia State International Building Code and Appendix R of the Georgia International Residential Code) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 60 Executive Park South, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231. 

If adopted by the Board, they would become effective on Jan. 1, 2013. 

Counties would have the option of adopting these building codes through local ordinance. These codes would require construction to be more flood resistant and high-wind resistant. They also cover storm shelters, safe rooms and refuge areas.

For more information, please visit the Department of Community Affairs Georgia State Amendments to the State Minimum Standard Codes

To see the proposed code amendments:
• 2013 Notice of Intent to Adopt (PDF)
• 2013 Synopsis (PDF)
• 2013 Proposed DRBC IBC Appendix (PDF)
• 2013 Proposed DRBC IRC Appendix (PDF)


The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) partners with public agencies to find solutions that benefit procurement professionals. Simply put, U.S. Communities was founded by public agencies for public agencies. Together with their supplier partners, they are committed to offering comprehensive business solutions that help agencies maximize cost-control while also improving operational efficiencies and performance.

Below is a sample listing of U.S. Communities supplier partners. For a complete list of partners, click here.

Automotive Solutions provided by CARQUEST, the premier supplier of replacement products, accessories, supplies and equipment for virtually all makes of automobiles, as well as light and heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, buses, recreational vehicles and agricultural equipment. Additionally, CARQUEST distributes and sells tools, equipment, chemicals, paint and accessories.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Solutions provided by Safeware-Mallory delivers the highest level of expertise and service. Both Safeware and Mallory are nationally recognized industry leaders in the distribution and servicing of this market segment. They have a strong background in distribution, emergency preparedness equipment, and response. The Safeware-Mallory Team brings national coverage and regional expertise to all agencies.

Facilities Solutions through CINTAS and The Home Depot:

Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services nationally.

The Home Depot delivers program participants comprehensive solutions that range from basic maintenance products to professional installation and repair. Each solution is customized to fit your specific needs.


U.S. Communities takes great pride in not only providing resources, but also in serving as a resource, with innovative offerings including an online shopping portal, educational webinars and trainings, and a green purchasing program. 

To learn more about U.S. Communities and their solution offerings visit, or contact David Kidd at


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Association County Commissioners of Georgia
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