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FEATURE really talking about the people of the county," she said. "And when I looked at statistics about Georgia and Fulton County, and when I looked at the disparities, I wanted to ask why we had the disparities and what are the root causes." While she did pay attention to the health needs of her constituents, finding a way to focus and create long-term gains proved hard. She also appreciated that a person's wellbeing extends beyond a simple definition of health. "I was also concerned about safety, their ability to be self-sufficient, economic opportunities and so on," she said. With the new strategic plan, however, each commissioner serves as an executive sponsor of one priority area, and county staff will prepare and present annual reports about gains made on those points of focus. "With each commissioner signed on as an executive sponsor of each area, you go deeper rather than just being very broad." There is an additional benefit to the system, Garner said. Many of the priorities areas overlap, and board members are not limited to participating in discussions only about the area they sponsor. Garner said she loves the approach. "I think it's a really creative way of holding each of us as commissioners accountable to our constituents," she said. the service, the board agreed to outsource behavioral health operation to a group of community-based providers, and a request for proposal will go out in the fall to begin the selection process. The goal is a system that does not simply address health, but also embraces the idea that a better behavioral health system can reduce the number of people being sent to jail - one part of the system benefits another. A broad, aspirational plan backed by invested lawmakers, measurable results and a commitment to use the county's budget to support are the basis of the strategic initiative. "It really has caused the perspective to change," Anderson said. "Rather than being risk-adverse, we ask about the ideas that are going to have an impact." For more information on Fulton County's strategy and performance management office, visit their website at www.fultoncounty.gov/ strategyandperformance. ■ Noble Sprayberry is a freelance writer from Walker County. He can be reached at noble@sprayberry.com. PLANNING & DESIGN Taking Action While the planning process was extensive and detailed, the final goal is to create tangible benefits for Fulton County residents. Traditionally, a county might consider ways to serve residents in a direct way through some form of service, according to county manager Anderson. However, the new strategic plan embraces a holistic approach to managing county government. Architecture Engineering Many of the priority areas overlap - safety Program Management might blend into health and self-sufficiency - depending on the specific circumstances under review. For example, about 40 percent of those who are jailed suffer from some785893_Rosser.indd 1 form of behavioral health issue, and it is the type of challenge the new system is designed to address, Anderson said. Instead of trying to devise, and budget for, one or more county programs to tackle one specific part of the issue, the county leaders took a step back. "Perhaps direct service delivery was not the proper model," Anderson said. They focused on behavioral health, which had encompassed a broad range of services provided by the county. Going forward, however, instead of the county providing 817953_Primacq.indd 1 Jails Pa rks & R e c rea t i o n C o ur t h o u s e s P ubl i c Sa fet y Fa c i l i t i e s M un i c i p a l B ui l d i n g s C i v i c & C ul t ura l C e n t e r s Rosser International, Inc. 1555 Peachtree Street, NE Suite 800 * Atlanta GA 30309 t 404 876 3800 www.rosser.com 1/26/16 8:58 PM FALL 2016 www.accg.org 20/06/16 69 12:44 pm http://www.fultoncounty.gov/ http://www.rosser.com http://www.rosser.com http://www.primacq.com http://www.primacq.com http://www.accg.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - News & Notes
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