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February 2021, Vol.15 , No.2
 
ACCG News
  
We know you're ready to reconnect and so are we but for now, we’ll have to wait a little longer. The ACCG Board of Managers made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 ACCG Annual Conference usually held at the end of April due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19 and capacity restrictions currently in place at the Savannah Convention Center.
  
Calling all Georgia county officials and public servants! ACCG is now accepting nominations for the 2021 ACCG Awards Program. The ACCG Awards & Recognition Program serves as a way to recognize the individuals who provide outstanding contributions to their local community. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 5.
  
Is your county doing all it should to prevent injuries from occurring in the workplace? Find out why it is essential to create a culture of safety to reduce the likelihood of accidents and save the county money.
  
 
 
 
ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend magazine's 100 Most Influential Georgians for his support of local control during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join the ACCG Board of Managers and staff in congratulating Dave Wills on this national recognition.
  
The ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy is now offering ongoing online classes! County officials can choose from six CORE courses and four Specialty courses for the first quarter. Registration is first come, first served so contact your county clerk today to get started.
  
Does your county excel in the areas of health care, infrastructure and transportation, public safety, sustainability, and/or technology? Help ACCG and Georgia Trend recognize your county's success by applying for a 2021 Georgia County Excellence Award. The Friday, February 12 deadline is quickly approaching so head over to accg.org to apply today!
  
Takiyah Christian, an environmental health science major at the University of Georgia, interned with the Fayette County Environmental Management Department over the summer. Learn how her experience as an intern gave her the confidence to pursue a career in local government.
  
Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS) recently launched a new publication called Safety Health and Risk E-connect (SHARE). This new publication will include the three monthly Risk and Safety Bulletins (Safety Theme, Liability Beat, and Risk Connection) and the Health Promotion Services newsletter, "Living Well Georgia".
  
Does your county have a story to tell? The Georgia County Spotlight will allow counties to share with ACCG, and other counties throughout the state, what great things are taking place in their communities. Visit the County Spotlight page to get started. Once on the page, share your news by clicking the "Submit Your News Here" button in the top right corner.
  
Now, more than ever, counties are celebrated for their tireless work on behalf of their communities. Help ACCG highlight those efforts by sending in your photos for Georgia's Local Lens, the newsletter that provides a weekly snapshot of Georgia's counties. Visit the ACCG website for more information.
 
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State News
  
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) is reminding counties of their contract with Wood Environment and Infrastructure to prepare risk assessments (RA) and emergency response plans (ERP) for public water systems serving a population between 3,301 and 49,999. Read more to find out what steps your county needs to take to receive assistance from Wood Environment.
  
Although the collection period for the 2020 Census has ended, several other actions are still ongoing. Read the following information for the latest update on the 2020 Census.
The Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division wants to remind counties of two ways it is using technology to improve vehicle services for county residents. Georgians can renew their vehicle registrations through self-service kiosks and through online renewals. For county residents to take advantage of these opportunities, county governments must be participants in both programs. Read more to learn how your county can take advantage of these technology solutions to better serve your residents.
Do you know someone who has done outstanding work using, preserving, or making historical records more accessible? Help GHRAC encourage and reward their exceptional efforts by nominating them for an award. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2021.
 
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