| 2012 Newly Elected Commissioners Conference Presentations |
ACCG works on behalf of Georgia's county officals and their communities, with focus on public policy and advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement and cost-efficient programs such as insurance and retirement. The primary purpose of the Newly Elected Commissioners Conference is to provide county commissioners with the tools and resources needed to assist in their role as county leaders and decision makers and to celebrate the opportunities afforded by public service in their local communities.
Answering the Call (Why Me? Why Here? Why Now? What's Next?)
Ross King, ACCG Executive Director, and Laura Meadows
To highlight what’s to come over the next few days, underscore the relationship between ACCG and CVIOG and the importance of training, and to set the tone for the conference.
Welcome to the University of Georgia
Dr. Jennifer Frum, Vice President, Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia
Leadership for Your Community
Cathy Cox, President, Young Harris College
Seize the Day!
ACCG President and Taylor County Commissioner Clinton Perry
Maximizing Community Resources for the Future
Michael Cassidy, President and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance
Understanding the County Team
3 R’s of County Government: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships: An overview of the roles and responsibilities of the commission, county staff and constitutional
David Hankerson, Cobb County Manager
"Civil Discourse and Civility"
Justice Harold Melton, Supreme Court of Georgia
Understanding Policy: Consensus Building with the Board, the County Team and the Community
Catherine Bennett, Management Development Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Murray Weed, Local Government Program Manager, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Preparing Your Community for the Future: New Approaches to Economic Development
"The New Dynamic of Economic Development" - an examination of the county role in economic development, the ways to empower your community to create economic energy and the tools available
to assist in your plans
Craig Lesser, Managing Partner, The Pendleton Consulting Group – the Global Economy
Gary Black, Agriculture Commissioner – to discuss Georgia’s largest industry and its impact on rural, suburban and urban areas
Brian Kemp, Secretary of State – to discuss red tape at the local level
Brian Williamson, Assistant Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Affairs – economic development financing 101
The Changing Dynamics of Georgia: An interactive session on the changing demographic profile of Georgia's people with a focus on the
impact these shifts having on public policy.
Matt Hauer, Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
County Law and Government Ethics
Top Legal Issues Faced by County Officials: A focus on the top legal issues that county officials will encounter.
Ken Jarrard, Forsyth County Attorney
Keeping Your Government Transparent: An examination of the laws and ethical conduct that will keep your county government open and accessible to its citizens.
Honorable Sam Olens, Attorney General, State of Georgia
Introduction to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Mike Beatty, Commissioner, Georgia DCA
"What I Wish Someone Had Told Me…": A panel discussion by participants in the 2010 Newly Elected Commissioners Conference.
Mary Hunt, Glynn County Commissioner; Liz Hausmann, Fulton County Commissioner; Carter Infinger, Bryan County Commissioner; Bob Melvin, Macon County Commissioner; Crawford Powell, Lowndes County Commissioner
Moderated by Commissioner Beatty
Show Me the Money
County Revenues – global perspective, major taxes (property, sales, insurance premium, business occupation) and fees (cable franchise, 911).
Clint Mueller, ACCG Legislative Director
Finance: Make sure to include the development of the tax digest, approval process, understanding the importance of having a diverse tax base.
Sabrina Cape, Adjunct Faculty, Carl Vinson Institute of Government University of Georgia
The Transition from Campaigning to Governing
Dr. Philip Boyle, Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
ACCG Here to Help You
Ross King, ACCG Executive Director
The Importance of Teamwork
Coach Mark Fox, University of Georgia Head Basketball Coach