May 2023, Vol.17, No. 5
Registration for the summer policy committee meetings will open soon. ACCG's seven standing Policy Committees will meet this summer to discuss key issues and to recommend policy objectives for the 2024 ACCG Policy Agenda. The issues will guide the Association's efforts before the Georgia General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies.
May's Intern spotlight is shining bright on Zane Ziegler, former intern with Bartow County. As a Georgia State University (GSU) student and geosciences major, Ziegler worked in the information services department at Bartow County as a Geographic Information Services (GIS) Analyst. 
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
Union County Government
State News
The annual GA Environmental Protection Division summer ban on outdoor burning began on May 1 and is in effect until September 1. Counties are also encouraged to sign up on the Timber Harvest Notification system as it becomes mandatory on July 1.
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority will host the 2023 WaterFirst Workshop on Wednesday, May 24. The workshop will provide a general overview of the WaterFirst program and discuss water, wastewater, and stormwater funding options. This workshop is intended for Georgia water utilities, municipalities, and local governments interested in obtaining WaterFirst designation and learning about funding sources. 
Bo Phillips Company
Federal News
Connect with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Georgia to learn more about the new programs available to rural communities in the state. 
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity is now open for applications. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our nation's roadways. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2023.