Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 19

FEATURE

NEWINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY

ACCG and GDOT board members and
leadership pictured with state legislators.

ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
By Nicole Butler
ON APRIL 19, 2017, county and state officials
gathered to commemorate the founding of
ACCG and what is now the Georgia Department
of Transportation also known as GDOT,
with the dedication of a historical marker
at 1 Peachtree Street, S.W., Atlanta, GA.,
30303. The dedication ceremony took place
in downtown Atlanta (Fulton County) near
the site of what once was the Kimbell House
Hotel where the original 135 county commissioners of ACCG met to shape Georgia's
future. The ceremony commemorated the
100 years of existence for Georgia's county
association and the Georgia Department of
Transportation. Leaders within each organization including ACCG Executive Director Ross
King, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry,
state legislators and other influential figures
stood in the location where county officials
came together in 1914 in hopes of
organizing Georgia's first highway department.
From 1914 to 1917, ACCG
county leaders raised the
state matched requirement
of 16 million dollars to launch
GDOT. It is because of those
strong, brave leaders that
Georgia has become the leading state for business and one
of the top states to live.
"As Leaders we don't
stand alone, we stand on

the shoulders of those who came before
us," said ACCG Past President and Elbert
County Chairman Tommy Lyon as he emphasized the groundwork the commissioners laid
out before them. To honor the service those
individuals strived hard to provide, it is up to
current and future leaders to come together
as their predecessors did in 1914 and build
upon the foundation that has been set.
Together, ACCG and GDOT have worked
together to facilitate and advance transportation within the state. Amazingly, only a century ago the main source of transportation was
horse drawn carts on dirt roads that would
soon become paved infrastructure connecting

citizens from all areas of the world. These roads
have slowly transformed to place Georgia as
the state with the 10th largest infrastructure
system in the nation, and the possibilities to
advance are far from over.
"We are so very proud of our centuryplus long partnership with the Georgia
Department of Transportation," said ACCG
Executive Director Ross King. "ACCG and
GDOT have changed the structure of the state
and addressed transportation needs, provided legislative advocacy to get funding for
infrastructure, and have demonstrated how
leadership is fundamental for success. The
historical marker signifies the story of how
working together can turn dreams into reality
and advance the community."
In the words of GDOT Board Chairman
Robert Brown, Jr., "Roads connect people more
than places." 1914 marked the start
of a new era of transportation for
Georgia, and because of ACCG
and GDOT people are more connected than ever through those
paved roads created years ago.
Explore Georgia's Historical
Markers by visiting the
Georgia Historical Society's
website georgiahistor y.
com/education-outreach/
historicalmarkers/.
Nicole Butler is the ACCG
communications assistant. ■
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 4
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 5
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 6
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 10
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 17
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 22
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 29
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 32
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover4
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