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(Pictured from left to right:  David Johnson, Emily Lauter, and Ben Prickett)

David Johnson received his undergraduate degree in public policy with a concentration in public management and governance from the Andrew Young of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Johnson is currently a second-year M.P.A candidate at Clark Atlanta University and is scheduled to graduate in December of 2015. He has interned for Fulton County and the city of Atlanta. After graduation, Johnson plans to become a policy analyst for a county government. During his time with ACCG, he will work on budget and audit projects, assist with election tracking, update county resource information, help survey county staff on a variety of issues and perform additional research tasks as required. 

Emily Lauter is a senior at Georgia State University. She is majoring in public policy with an emphasis in planning and economic development. In her spare time, Lauter serves as treasurer for the planning and economic development club where she manages the group’s financial matters. Lauter has completed several internships including working with the Democratic Party and as aide to State House Representative LaDawn Jones. During the course of her internship, she will update statewide county data, revise and expand ACCG’s County Government 101 presentation, compile county data from various sources, assist with election tracking and provide research assistance as needed. 

Ben Prickett will be continuing his position as legal intern for ACCG through the fall. Prickett is a recent graduate of the Mercer School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Montevallo and has a Master of Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California. He would like to begin his legal career in the public sector at the federal or state level. During his tenure with ACCG, Prickett will assist the legal staff with various projects, including a statewide compilation of salary information for elected officials by county. 
Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) Spotlight: Spelman student 
Kaitlynn Crandall interns with the Fulton County Economic Development Division

1. What have you learned about county government from your internship?
I have learned about the different levels that exist within county government (i.e. the various departments and management staff) as well as the process of communicating between different departments. I also learned about the significant role that the county plays in attracting businesses.

2. What were your major internship responsibilities 
Researching the aerotropolis and brainstorming innovative approaches to attracting businesses and researching different "green projects" in South Fulton County. I worked on CleanTech GreenTech, a sustainable initiative to attract and keep businesses in South Fulton County. I also collaborated with the county's GIS department to map different businesses and to develop clusters of various business districts within the county.

3. What do you think were your most significant successes during the internship? 
Seeing the community's role in helping with Fulton's CleanTech GreenTech initiative. I learned that county residents want businesses in their community to be both financially and environmentally sustainable.

4. What was the favorite part of your internship?
Being able to see how the county interacts with different businesses and what it takes on a county's behalf to secure new prospects.

5. What specific skills, experiences or knowledge did you gain during the internship? Do you believe these skills will be useful in helping you meet your future career goals; and, if so, how?
During my time with Fulton's Economic Development Division, I had the opportunity to develop company profiles, create databases using Microsoft Access, collaborate with the county's GIS department to create maps and create presentations for multiple audiences including county departments, aerotropolis, Georgia Power Company and a community stakeholder meeting.

6. If you could tell your peers one benefit of working in county government, what would it be?
As an employee, you are able to experience a different side of the county. I was able to witness the interaction between the county and the various businesses that are in Fulton's various communities. I also had the chance to network with different groups such as members of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders, which was a major benefit of working with the county.
Ameris Bank
McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co. LLC
B & B Oil Company, Inc.
Emergency Billing, LLC
ACCG, Georgia's County Association
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30303
phone: 404-522-5022 | fax: 404-525-2477 | ACCG.org

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