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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Members First By Tommy Lyon President >> ACCG prides itself on being a county association that provides a vast array of services to its members. The association staff is comprised of individuals that collectively have more than 60 years of many decades of experience in working with county governments in Georgia. 8 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT ACCG IS AN ORGANIZATION that truly believes in the value of exceptional customer service. A majority, if not all, of the ACCG membership is aware of the various member services programs and products offered to their county governments. ACCG prides itself on being a county association that provides a vast array of services to its members. The association staff is comprised of individuals that collectively have more than 60 years of many decades of experience in working with county governments in Georgia. They have endured cultural, technological, and administrative changes within the organization and thus, understand and appreciate the need to assist Georgia's county officials well beyond the scope of legislative advocacy. As the needs of the individual 159 counties evolve, so does the type support ACCG provides to its membership. Understanding the need to offer support and assistance beyond the traditional legislative advocacy that all county associations offer their memberships, ACCG has progressed over the course of its 102-year history to provide specialized insurance and retirement programs for Georgia's counties. These programs may be considered the anchors of the member services pillar as every aspect of what they do focuses on the association's primary audience - the member. There are not many employers that have the luxury of saying they know the CEO and staff members of their retirement and insurance companies. Not many retirement or insurance providers with a client base as large as ACCG's can say they know the leaders of the organizations in which they manage or administer plans. That is what separates ACCG's entities of that sort from its competitors. The people behind these particular programs are what make them exceptional. In addition to the insurance and retirement staff leaders having a knowledge background about county government and Georgia, they have established relationships with county leaders and their staff members. The field representatives are constantly visiting with their member counties in jurisdictions throughout the state. Insurance and retirement staff members positioned in the Fulton and Gwinnett claims offices regularly respond to inquiries and requests to help educate members and to ensure claims are processed efficiently. Assistance from this particular group of ACCG staff members does not end once the county's business has been secured. They are there to assist whenever needed. For example, the retirement services call center representatives provide support to its diverse group of plan participants. The participants may range from those who have just enrolled into their plans to those who have just entered retirement. On the insurance side, individuals on the ACCG claims services staff offer similar support to county employees who are members of one of the association's insurance programs. They are here to assist when members have questions about their claims. A significant benefit of these two member services programs is the fact that they are governed by elected officials who face similar challenges as you and I. Each of the association's service boards are led by county officials, elected and appointed, who understand the complexities of county government. Thus, each decision is made with the ACCG membership in mind. As I mentioned, the majority of you are aware of the member services programs and the benefits - from an operational standpoint. Those programs allow counties to achieve operational efficiencies, but that is not the only benefit. As you've given the county your service, ACCG is giving back to you. It is the invaluable care and concern for Georgia's county employees exhibited by the ACCG staff that helps keep moving our state forward. ■

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
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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