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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Tommy Lyon President, ACCG Board of Manager Elbert County Chairman >> The close interaction and frequent dialogue with our constituents is a constant reminder of why we all were elected to serve. It is our duty to ensure their needs are met in the most efficient and effective ways possible. 8 Looking to the Challenges Ahead AS I PREPARE to embark on my journey as the leader of Georgia's county association, there are many ways in which I would like to see the association grow as well as many areas I would like to see it continue its success. Before I expound upon those goals, I would like to first thank my fellow Georgia county commissioners for allowing me the honor to serve as their leader. I understand that my role as the new ACCG president would be futile without the support of all of my county colleagues - for it is our history of unity in which we have gained our strength and achieved many victories. As county commissioners we are all familiar with the challenges of serving at the local level and, most importantly, its overall benefit. It is true that no leadership experience is without tests, however, it is the benefit of serving in government noted as the one closest to the people that is very much rewarding. We are fortunate to see and hear from our constituents on a daily basis. The close interaction and frequent dialogue with our constituents is a constant reminder of why we all were elected to serve. It is our duty to ensure their needs are met in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Not only are we fortunate to have that constant dialogue with those we serve, but we are residents of the exact communities in which we were elected to lead. Thus, we know, share, and experience firsthand the same needs expressed by our constituents. There are many areas where I would like to see ACCG grow and continue to grow with the support of my fellow commissioners. As Vince Lombardi, one of the most renowned coaches in athletic history, noted, "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." I believe this is true about any organization or team, no matter the size or the tasks they must undertake. Having worked in county government for 10 years now, I know this sentiment is accurate for the role of all involved at the local level. Counties, cities and local law enforcement entities have their individual roles and responsibilities, but it is the effort of each governing body that makes their respective communities thrive as a whole. Such collaboration is even reflective through their respective associations: ACCG, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Sheriff's Association for GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT example. I believe it is critically important for ACCG to continue to strengthen and build our working relationships with the sheriff's association and GMA for the greater good of all Georgians. The ability to provide access to rural healthcare has been a serious issue for many county officials over the past years. Health care is one of the many critical services that counties provide. Our residents' health is a determining factor of so many other aspects that contribute to the overall health of our individual communities. As the new ACCG president and the chairman of a rural county, I would like for the association to partake in more discussions, research and contribute to strategies that will help address this need. Once again, collaboration is key, as there are many players involved in providing and administering health services to our constituents. Again acknowledging that success and notable achievements are acquired through a team's collective efforts, I would like to see ACCG maintain or even increase its intellectual value through its personnel. ACCG is recognized as a leader among other state county associations - something that can be attributed to its various staff members. The association is equipped with subject-matter experts in areas that range from revenue and finance to information technology. These staff members employ innovative approaches to problem solving and apply creativity in order to revamp existing services such as the Lifelong Learning Academy and the redesigned ACCG website. It is endeavors such as those that keep our association relevant and reputed as a local government thought leader. I look forward to serving as your 2016-2017 ACCG president and doing my part to advance Georgia's counties. Moreover, I look forward to working on Georgia's all-encompassing local government team. After all, our shared constituencies are the primary focus of every effort we set forth. I thank my fellow county commissioners for their dedicated service and for allowing me to serve as their leader for the next year. Lastly, I thank our local government partners for their committed service as well. Let collaboration and teamwork be the keys that make our communities thrive, so that we can continue to make Georgia great. ■

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
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - cover2
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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 - 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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