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News&Notes ACCG Property and Liability Board of Trustees Approve $2 Million Dividend T he ACCG Property and Liability Board of Trustees, which oversees the member-owned property and liability insurance pool for the association, recently voted to return a dividend in the amount of $2 million in the form of a premium credit. This marks the tenth-consecutive year that the program has returned a dividend, which is intended to benefit the long-term participants of the insurance program. The $2 million dividend marks the largest in the program’s history. The dividend will be returned in the form of premium credit to members that have participated in the program since 2003. Total dividends returned to the membership since 1997 equals $15.6 million. The ACCG Property and Liability Insurance Program is a non-profit, member-owned property and liability insurance pool designed to meet the insurance needs of Georgia county governments. The program was established in 1987 and currently has 153 members, comprised of Georgia’s counties and authorities. The assets of the program currently exceed $103 million. The ACCG Property and Liability Insurance Program is a non-profit, member-owned property and liabilit y insurance pool designed to meet the insurance needs of Georgia county governments. For more information on the ACCG Insurance Programs, contact Ben Pittarelli at (404) 522-5022 or ACCG Mobile Classroom Tours Hartsfield-Jackson, CSX and other Transportation Facilities Georgia county officials that participated in the latest offering, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” The 2-day trip in metro Atlanta/Fulton County focused on transportation issues and visited Hartsf ield-Jackson At lanta International Airport, the CSX REDI Campus and Tilford Yards and the Georgia Department of Transportation Emergency Management Center. employer. They are major contributors to ad valorem taxes to local governments. They may also have expertise in economic development that could be useful in a community. • Railroads are the safest means of transporting hazardous materials and they will provide training to local emergency responders across the rail network. • Local governments have a responsibility to monitor their county’s grade crossings. It is important that all county public works staff members are aware of the current conditions and understand the procedures and processes to get improvements made. • There are 1,300 road fatalities in the State of Georgia every year and 40 percent of those are on local routes. The Off System Safety Program, managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, provides federal dollars to help improve safety on local roads. ACCG will offer another Mobile Classroom Aug. 16-17. Be sure to check for more details. Following are some of the key points that the group learned: • The number of people coming through Hartsfield-Jackson is staggering – 92 million passengers a year, 11 million international travelers a year and one million pieces of luggage a month traveling over 16 miles of conveyor belts in one baggage screening area alone. • Agriculture is a huge part of the work of U.S. Customs agents at airports. At Hartsfield-Jackson, agents use beagles to check out agricultural products being brought into the country which can carry insects and other problematic concerns. • Railroads are the second-largest taxpayer in Georgia and the sixth-largest ACCG’s Mobile Classroom was the first public group to tour the newly-opened International Terminal at HartsfieldJackson Airport. A 32 CCG Mobile Classrooms provide unique experiences and behind-the-scenes adventures at facilities that support state and county programming, economic development, natural resource conservation, and much more. Just ask the group of GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - July/August 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Henry County: Building Bridges to Benefit One Henry
Piedmont Henry Hospital Adds Important Healthcare Component to One Henry
Five Georgia Events that Changed History
Performance Contracting: A Creative Solution
Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Risks and Rewards for Local Governments
Georgia Legacy: Making the Economic Case for Land Conservation
Extension News: The Impact of Weatherization Programs in Georgia
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - July/August 2012