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SPECIAL FOCUS: COUNTIES SHINE social media buttons. There is also a page that lists all the payments that can be made on the website, like donations to the animal shelter and sewer payments, as well as what cards are accepted. "That's one of the things that we've really concentrated on is an online payment center," Crumley said. Another unique feature is the "Report a Concern" tool, which can be used to report Hall County launched its #backthebadge social media campaign to engage their community's support of local law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Hall County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. In celebration of Women's History Month, Macon-Bibb County created the #MaconBibbHERstory campaign to also celebrate its female county employees. The campaign became popular on the county's Instagram account. Photo courtesy of Macon-Bibb County Instagram. The Power of Digital Mediums The world is shifting and changing the way it receives news and information. It may not always be via Facebook or Twitter, but it will most likely be through the tiny window of a smartphone or a tablet. Counties in Georgia are learning this trend and are adapting as needed. While some have mastered the art of tweeting and collecting followers, others are better at Facebook or branching out to new platforms. Some have decided to put a new spin on the classics and have turned their websites into a hub for constituent services. No matter what path a county chooses to follow, taking the first step is what is important. Plenty of resources are available to ensure a smooth transition. Counties with an established presence online can be sought for advice, and there are companies set up to help with the process of launching new initiatives. In the end, Katie Crumley of Hall County summed it up the best. "Social media is nothing to be afraid of." ■ Y ur facilities are full of untapped pottential. With th Yo he right solutionss, you caan uncover opportunit ies for imp p rovement an n d transform y our building into an asset that positively impacts your business. Backed by innovaa t ive technolog g y and m ore than 100 years of industryy expert ise, T rane can help p you harness t he datt a in your building and provide g reater visibilii ty into buildin n g performance - for ree sults you can measure. Discover your building g's advantages with Trane Intelligent Services. 8 0 0 - 2 2 9 - 4 1 7 8 Ask for the Energy Services Team. Sierra Hubbard served as the 2016 spring ACCG communications intern. She is a journalism student at Kennesaw State University in Cobb County. www.trane.com/IntSvcExp 36 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT 787944_Trane.indd 1 anything from loose animals to roads in need of repair. "They can notify us of that, they can take a picture and send it to us," she said, "and we can get a crew out there to respond as soon as possible." According to Crumley, county officials receive at least one report from this tool every single day. This feature is especially useful when citizens have downloaded Hall County's companion app for mobile devices which is similar to the website and streamlines many of its tools. Glynn County is another local government that has a clean, user-friendly website with great features for citizens. There is a similar "I Want To..." section to find answers to frequently asked questions and even a page with information on how to fill out an open records request with the county. Glynn's website is also working toward a payment center, like Hall County. "We really try to add more services for people to renew stuff online," Debra Bragdon said. "So people don't have to take off during work and come in." They also have a companion app that allows citizens to submit requests or report concerns. 1/12/16 3:59 AM http://www.trane.com/georgia-alabama http://www.trane.com/IntSvcExp

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
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 11
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 - 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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