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Conference Preview 2013 ACCG Annual Conference April 27 – 29, 2013 Big League Leadership: The Line-Up for Success As springtime approaches, many eyes turn to the country’s national pastime – baseball. Teams have high hopes early in the season, but it takes planning, consistency, teamwork and big league leadership to make it to the playoffs and win the World Series. The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) recognizes that leadership and teamwork are two essential aspects of governing. Like successful baseball teams, county commissions also must have a strategy for setting a vision and achieving community goals. County officials must rely on working cooperatively and collaboratively with members of their teams in order to provide effective leadership. The theme for the 2013 ACCG Annual Conference is “Big League Leadership: The Line-Up for Success.” More than 1,200 county officials and exhibitor representatives are expected to convene at the Savannah Civic Center in Chatham County on April 27 – 29 to participate in conference general sessions, learn the outcome of the legislative session and take classes offered through the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy. Get your county team registered to attend the 2013 ACCG Annual Conference today. Following is a preview of conference offerings. Additional information may be found at General Session Lineup Playing by the Book: The Keys to Success in Baseball and Leadership April 28 at 3 p.m. Former Atlanta Braves player Dale Murphy made his major league baseball debut in 1976 as a Braves’ catcher, eventually moving to the outfield where he spent the remainder of his career and received many accolades including being the youngest player ever named most valuable player in back-to-back years (1982-1983) and a seven-time major league baseball all-star. A World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame member, Murphy is considered one of the true gentlemen of the game 14 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT of baseball. His philanthropic efforts and humanitarian spirit have allowed him to be recognized as one of the 1987 Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year, a Lou Gehrig Award winner, Robert Clemente Award winner and a Bart Giamatti Award winner. Murphy took his humanitarianism a step further and established the I Won’t Cheat Foundation in 2005 to promote integrity and character development among America’s youth by teaching them to play fairly both in life and in sports. Uniform patches that represent the I Won’t Cheat Foundation can be seen on the sleeves of little league baseball players during the Little League World Series. Murphy continues to stay involved with the game he loves. He will serve as first base coach for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic that begins in March. Now an author of two books, Murphy continues to positively impact those around him. Come prepared to learn more about the importance of valuebased leadership through his keynote address. The New Lineup for NACo April 29 at 9:15 a.m. The National Association of Counties (NACo) works on behalf of counties across the country at the federal level. Last fall, the NACo Board of Directors named Matt Chase to serve as its new executive director. Learn how Chase, working with NACo leadership, is assessing this national organization, strengthening its programs and services and positioning it for promising seasons to come. During this general session, Chase will outline the benefits of having your county more involved in NACo. It’s the Bottom of the 9th… Or Is It? The Fiscal Cliff and Other National Policy Issues April 29 at 10:45 a.m. Intergovernmental relations is the premise upon which our government system rests. All levels of government are intertwined and interdependent in some fashion. Thus, it is critical for one level of government to be aware of the discussions and decisions being made by another. Local governments have recently experienced a direct effect of decisions made at the federal level on issues such as sequestration, health care reform, and the federal debt ceiling. This general session will provide an insider’s perspective on federal issues to watch, what’s causing the delays and how decisions in Congress impact the State of Georgia and local governments.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2013

President's Message
Director's Desk
Chatham County: Cultivating Opportunities to Grow Investments
2013 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
Eight Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards
County Government : Emergency Management Agencies: Prepared Today for Tomorrow's Disaster
Federal Update: The Fiscal Cliff: What's in the Final Deal and When's the Next One Coming?
Counties & the Law: Avoiding First Amendment Liability in the Employee Discipline
System for Taxing Motor Vehicles to Change March 1
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2013