Georgia is experiencing an opioid crisis. In fact, Georgia
is among the top 11 states with the most opioid deaths with 55 counties having
an overdose rate higher than the national average. This issue has impacted
counties to the extent that ACCG has created a standing Opioid Crisis
Committee. In this fight, counties are often asked to stretch limited resources
even further by increasing emergency services, providing additional training
and supplies to first responders, turning jails into treatment facilities, and
even addressing addiction issues within their own workforce.
In that this is a statewide issue, the Georgia Department of
Public Health (DPH), in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General,
the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), and
the Department of Community Health (DCH), is developing Georgia’s strategic
plan to address the opioid epidemic. As
such, ACCG has been asked to help develop a survey to gauge how this crisis is
Later this month, a survey will be sent to your county by
email. Since the survey will include questions regarding emergency services,
health care, and county operations, it may require your county to consult with
multiple departments and offices to complete. The answers provided will help
inform key state stakeholders as they develop the state strategic plan. Therefore,
it is important to respond to this survey so that your county’s needs, costs,
and recommendations are considered in this process.
If your county needs more information on this issue before
answering the survey, visit the website for the Georgia Attorney General. For in
depth information provided on a county or regional level see the Center for
Disease Control and the Georgia
Department of Public Health.
The 2018 Georgia General Assembly passed HB
489, subsequently signed into law by Governor Nathan
Effective July 1, 2018, any bid or proposal extended by a
county, city or board of education for goods and services valued at $10,000 or
more, or public works contracts for over $100,000, must also be posted on the
Georgia Procurement Registry - at no cost to the local government.
On June 25, the State Department of Administrative Services
(DOAS) sent out the attached notice unveiling this Website containing information on the new law; frequently asked questions; how to
register for, access and utilize the Georgia Procurement Registry; available
training materials; and other assistance. The goal is to aid local
governments in complying with this new state requirement.
DOAS has also established a procurement help desk (404-657-6000,
to sign up for future DOAS communications, answer any questions, and provide
additional information in this regard.
Photo is courtesy of
University of Georgia student,
Kristin Witcher, Interns with Athens-Clarke County’s Public Information Office
major, Kristin Witcher, did not know much about county government prior to her
internship with Athens-Clarke County’s Public Information Office aside from the
basic layout of her local county government. However, upon the completion of
her internship, Witcher felt much more comfortable with county government,
recognizing the intricacies of zoning and rezoning regulations, as well as the
importance of commission meetings in deciding what projects are ultimately
approved and disapproved.
the course of her internship, Witcher assisted the Public Information Office in
recording a series of informative videos on a variety of topics. Additionally, she
traveled around Athens-Clarke County to take photos of various county-run camps
and facilities and made presentations highlighting the work being performed by
the county. When asked about her most
significant success, she noted that it was assisting with the creation of a
video that stressed the importance of wearing sunscreen.
best part of the internship for Witcher was interacting with the employees of
the manager’s office, in that she believed that the employees genuinely cared
about the county and its constituents, and as such, she was glad that she had
the opportunity to work with them. Throughout her internship, Witcher gained
significant knowledge in the art of video making, learning a lot about the
importance of lighting and audio in filming. She also enjoyed learning about
the different ways in which to create video content.
Witcher, the future might not hold a career in county government, as she
desires to work in marketing in the private sector. However, she still values
the opportunity that she had to learn more about county government and the
skills that she gained in the process.
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Rome, July 26-27, 2018. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We are excited to offer your members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use discount code "GAASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.
Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here
Grant Writing USA
888.435.7281 toll free
Samantha Bishop, M.Ed.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.
Georgia Archives, 100 Years: Where We Are Now. From
Idea to Reality
On Saturday, July 14, 10:00
a.m. to 11:00 a.m. is a brand new behind the scenes "Georgia Archives, 100
Years: Where We Are Now: Idea to Reality" tour. This tour will give
you the opportunity to go behind the scenes in several areas in the Archives.
Follow professionals as they present the path that leads from "idea to
you ever wondered how we create exhibits here at the Georgia Archives? Join us
on this tour as reference archivist, Allison Hudgins, and preservation
technician, Tracey Johnson, take you behind the scenes and show how an idea
becomes reality. From the selection of collection materials for display to the
installation in our exhibit cases, learn all about the work that goes into a
will be visiting the conservation and reformatting labs, exhibit preparation
room, and behind the exhibit cases.
The tour is free. No registration is required. Please wear