February 2022, Vol.16 , No.2
Registration is now open for the 2022 ACCG Legislative Breakfast. Join the ACCG policy team, state leaders and your county peers at the Legislative Breakfast to get the latest policy updates and learn more about trending state issues. County officials are strongly encouraged to schedule time their legislative delegation while at the Capitol.
Calling all Georgia county officials and public servants! ACCG is now accepting nominations for the 2022 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 4, 2022. 
In preparation for the 2022 Annual Conference, ACCG will host two informational webinars for county officials. This year’s conference is scheduled from Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 1, and there are some important changes, as well as exciting announcements, we need to share with you! So save the date and get ready to join us in Chatham County.
ACCG and Georgia Trend would like to recognize counties' innovative efforts in addressing negative economic impacts in their communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your county has found success during the pandemic, consider submiting an application for a 2022 Georgia County Excellence Award. The application deadline is Monday, February 14.
Safety Pays in Many Ways. Learn how your county can benefit from implementing safety practices and taking advantage of the safety discounts and grants offered through the ACCG Workers’ Compensation Fund and Property & Liability Fund.
ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend magazine's 100 Most Influential Georgians. Please join the ACCG Board of Managers and staff in congratulating Dave Wills on this national recognition.
February's spotlight is shining bright on Austin Mitchell, a Georgia Southern University alum and his experience as an intern with Bulloch County's Human Resources Department. Learn more about Mitchell and how this opportunity gave him better insight on the inner workings of county government operations. 
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.
Mauldin & Jenkins
State News
The General Assembly has requested that all redistricting bills be passed by the beginning of February to meet the February 18, 2022. Get the latest announcement regarding the redistricting bill deadline to ensure your legislator(s) introduce the bill by the deadline.
The Georgia Forestry Commission's (GFC) new timber harvest notification site is now live. Counties with a timber harvest ordinance in place should begin transitioning the timber harvest notification processes to the new online system. 
Until February 5, be sure to follow the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) as they showcase the many benefits of prescribed fire during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week in Georgia. 
Bo Phillips Company
Federal News
New, detailed information on how to challenge 2020 Census results has been released by the Census Bureau. Local governments have until June 30, 2023 to challenge results.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact. 
Georgia county officials attending the 2022 NACo Legislative Leadership Conference (February 12-16) are encouraged to participate in the 11th annual visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, February 13 with ACCG.