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April 2021, Vol.15 , No.4
 
ACCG News
  
ACCG Workers’ Compensation members have another opportunity to receive their portion of $500,000 in Employee Safety Grant funds. Funds can be used for additional training, equipment or services. Eligible members are considered active members (as of the time of the distribution) who have earned the 2021 Safety Discount and are current on their contributions (premiums) to the program.
 
  
Meet our spring policy and research interns, Kaylon Day and Mathilde Carpet. During the past three months, the interns have assisted ACCG staff with special projects, bill analysis, research, surveys, and more during the 2021 legislative session. Learn more about the interns and their experience with the Association.
  
April is shining bright on Augusta Techinal College student, Angela Wilkerson, and her internship with the Warren County Tourism Department. Take a look at her story to learn more about her experience and her new found perspective on county government.
  
LGRMS has released the March edition of the Safety Health and Risk E-connect (SHARE) newsletter. In addition to the newsletter, LGRMS is hosting a series of Safety Coordinator workshops over the next two months.
  
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
  
GEFA is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, April 15 on how communities benefit from achieving the WaterFirst designation. Speakers from communities that have achieved the WaterFirst designation will present on the application and on-site review process, as well as share lessons learned, challenges, and how they overcame any hurdles. 
 
  
Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks, and when people are spending more time outdoors.
  
The 2021 GTA-hosted virtual Technology Summit set for May 5 will explore broadband projects and programs the state has been developing in the last year to expand connectivity to unserved residents and businesses, to develop accurate data, maps and tools to assist local governments, and to launch the state broadband grant program.
 
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Federal News
  
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program (NRTAP) has announced an opportunity to apply for Community Rides Grant Program mini-grants. This grant opportunity is intended to support transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities. Successful projects will help to reduce transportation as a barrier to independence and health at each stage of life and will increase awareness of transit’s important role in the health of individuals and communities.
  
Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) as they celebrate National County Government Month (NCGM) by showcasing why "Counties Matter." NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront, and highlighted, the importance of county government. Since last year, counties throughout the nation have been on the frontline of protecting the nation's communities. Help tell the county story by sharing why “Counties Matter” throughout the month of April.