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The State Records Committee will be meeting on April 5, 2017 to adopt an updated local government public safety retention schedule, which should be available shortly thereafter. Updated schedules for most local government records were adopted  in October 2016 and are now available on the Georgia Archives website at http://www.georgiaarchives.org/records/local_government/.  There are still three local government schedules that are in the process of being updated which are taxation, public health, and education. ACCG will keep you updated as to when the revision of these schedules have been completed.

Gavrielle Covault, Boston College Student, Interns with Dawson County’s Emergency Services Department

Gavrielle Covault, a communications and political science major at Boston College, interned with the Dawson County Emergency Services Department as part of the 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program. Although Covault had no prior experience with county government before beginning her internship, she was eager to learn the ends and outs of working within county government.

During the course of her internship, Covault collected and analyzed data from fire incidents and emergency medical calls to determine high risk threats and areas of greatest concern through the county. She was also tasked with analyzing the collected data to determine if any trends existed within the emergency system data. These projects required attention to detail and challenged her with providing a quality finished product in the time required. The internship culminated with Covault presenting her findings on how to develop and deliver plans and programs to address and reduce risk.

When asked about her favorite part of the internship, Covault noted it was gaining a better understanding of county information systems, particularly the emergency services and fire department systems which she worked with directly. She expressed that it was great to see how much hard work actually goes into maintaining and developing these systems. Covault also said that the amount of hands-on experience in the internship was very beneficial.

Covault found her experience as an intern to be an excellent one. She enjoyed seeing her hard work come to fruition knowing that will aid the community. Based on her experience, she stated she would absolutely consider a career in community government.


For more information on the GCIP, please visit the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.

The annual Government Management Indicators Survey (GOMI) is now available to complete on the Department of Community Affairs website at https://www.dca.ga.gov/secured/dcasurveys/gomisurvey/Login.aspx. The survey is due by June 30, 2017.

This survey collects data on local government operations, including financial management practices, service delivery arrangements, public facilities provided, and planning efforts, which is helpful in identifying trends in local government operations. For more information regarding this survey, including previous reports and maps of reported information, please see the following website: http://www.dca.state.ga.us/development/research/programs/gomi.asp.

DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, in partnership with Aetna, and National Association of Counties, The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, and Morehouse School of Medicine, will host an Opioid Symposium on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

The event will be held at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr.,Decatur. Registration will start at 8:30 a. m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. Registration is open online at http://bit.do/stop-opioids.

The symposium will bring together policymakers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to discuss challenges faced and strategies on how to approach the opioid epidemic.

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week is an initiative by Former President Barack Obama, who is urging Congress to allocate $1.1 billion for treatment to counteract this epidemic.

According to a "Politics of Pain: A Decade of Opioid Lobbying," joint investigation by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity: 
  • In 2015, approximately 227 million opioid prescriptions were issued in the U.S. while opioid sales were $9.6 billion.

  • Approximately 356,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses between 2006 and 2014. Most of these were connected to prescription painkillers and heroin.



Ambassador Andrew Young, a noted civil rights leader and former mayor of Atlanta speaking at a training course

Registration is open for the Center for State and Local Finance’s 2017-2018 executive education program.

CSLF’s course offerings include eight essential classes that span a variety of topics that public finance professionals need to hone strategic thinking, advance in the field, and educate key stakeholders. 

Now in its fourth year, CSLF’s executive education program continually draws participants locally and nationally from state government, municipalities, counties, public authorities, and school districts.

Visit our booth (531) at the ACCG annual conference in April to speak with our representative.      

 2017-2018 courses include:
  • Governmental Leadership: Politics, Communication, and Influence – July 19-21*        
  • Cost Analysis (Special Session) – Aug. 15-16
  • Retirement, Risk Management, and Procurement – Sept. 13-15*
  • Government Financial Statements and Accounting – Nov. 28-Dec. 1*
  • Debt Management – Jan. 24-26*
  • Treasury and Investment Management – March 7-9*
  • Forecasting (Special Session) – April 19-20
  • Operating and Capital Budgeting – May 16-18*                                                                           
Past presenters have included Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent; Robin Prunty, a managing director with S&P Global Ratings; and Ambassador Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta.                      

*The executive education program consists of these six core classes. The deadline to register for all six together is July 5.
The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) will host its April monthly luncheon at The Studio Cafe, Pinewood Atlanta Studios Production Centre in Fayetteville on Monday, April 17th.  We would like to make sure that you are aware of this meeting and are invited to join us at the guest-rate of $40.  Click HERE for further details and registration information.  
Panelists will include:
  • Jeff Stepakoff with Georgia Film Academy will discuss Film Industry Workforce

  • Brian Cooper, VP Pinewood Atlanta Studios will discuss the current status of the studios, future growth and the film industry in general

  • Rob Parker, President of Pinewood Forrest will discuss the Pinewood Forrest development, growth plans, building a community for creative class targeted to film

  • Joe Hanna, Co-owner, Hanna Bros. Motion Picture Catering will discuss Their experience in the industry, relocating the business headquarters to Georgia and current industry growth in Georgia
Also, there will be a special offering by Atlanta Movie Tours , a recent winner of Georgia Small Business Rock Star Awards, for an additional fee of $25 after the lunch.  Click HERE for details.  
Contact Kevin Shea, President, or Kelly McLendon, Manager, Member Services, at 404-962-4110 with any questions.  
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