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governments to address their infrastructure needs. The inability to properly plan for necessary repairs ahead is frustrating for both local government and those of us in Congress who want to see a long-term plan laid out. What advice do you have for county commissioners for ways to get involved at the national level? I encourage county commissioners to have a staff member assigned to their member of Congress to keep them up to speed on any needs the county has. Having open communication from both sides is important so that the ball stays moving and things get done. How influential are county governments on the national level in shaping policy? More than you think. County governments are a strong voice for what the community needs the most. They are on the ground with folks every day, hearing from teachers, business leaders, and community members. Exercising that voice on a national level can have significant results if used constructively and that's why I believe so strongly in improving communication on all levels. In your 20 plus years of public service, what do you see as some changes in how the federal, state and local governments are interacting? Unfortunately, the interaction between federal, state and local government has dwindled. There isn't as much coordination with all the different agencies within each political subdivision. While it has diminished over time, it's solvable, and something we can all work on to improve together through better communication. ■ LICENSED BONDED INSURED Wildcat Striping & Sealing A Complete Parking Lot Solution! Wildcat Striping and Sealing is a leader in the asphalt maintenance industry. Let us help you develop a plan to maximize the life of your parking lot. We offer free estimates and guarantee all our work. Services * * * * * * * * * * Parking Lot Striping Seal Coating Paving Pavement Striping HDC and DOT Signs Wheel Stops Line Removal Shot Blasting Parking Deck Cleaning Concrete Coring and Repairs * Street Print Pavement Texturing * Thermoplastic Striping * Floor Etching * Asphalt Repairs * Warehouse Striping * Guardrail/DOT/Wooden/ Warehouse * Preformed Thermoplastic * Curbs and Sidewalks * Speed Bumps 5365 Truman Dr., Decatur, GA 30034 Phone: 678-937-9525 | Fax: 678-937-9151 www.wildcatstriping.com 672462_Wildcat.indd 1 12/12/13 11:07 PM Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland United States House of Representatives Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current residence in Coweta County. A true American entrepreneur, Lynn began his own building company L.A.W. Builders. While running his business, Lynn was elected to the Georgia State House, where he served proudly for 12 years. In the state House, Lynn developed a reputation for fighting for lower taxes and smaller government. He was eventually elected to serve as the Republican Leader, a position he held for three years. In 2004, Lynn was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's Eighth Congressional District. After a long redistricting battle, the Eighth District was converted into the Third District, which stretches from the southern suburbs of metro Atlanta into Middle Georgia and down to Columbus. In 2014, Lynn was re-elected to his sixth term in Congress. Lynn and his wife Joan have been married for 45 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. 787791_Sprint.indd 1 SUMMER 2016 www.accg.org 1/20/16 21 5:24 PM http://www.wildcatstriping.com http://www.wildcatstriping.com http://www.sprint.com http://www.accg.org/

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

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia Public Libraries Shine
Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - cover1
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Director’s Desk
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 12
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 19
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 23
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Public Libraries Shine
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 31
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 36
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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