Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 8

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Haralson County
My Home and My Foundation for Leadership

By Allen Poole
President

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I will be sure to focus
on the critical issues
that all Georgia
counties face. That
includes focusing on
the immediate issues
that must be addressed
to ensure that no
county - no matter how
big, small, urban, or
rural - is not without
the infrastructure or
capabilities needed to
make them the ideal
places to live and work.

8

GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

GROWING UP in Haralson County
afforded me the opportunity to observe its
transition from a textile community to one of
technology. Up until the early 1980s, Haralson
County was considered the apparel capital
of the south. We were the home of Arrow
Shirts, Sewell Suits, and Hubbard Slacks.
We were the home of the cotton gin and a
large rubber manufacturing plant. These
companies were the bread and butter of our
community - providing jobs and driving the
economy while keeping unemployment at alltime lows during that time.
In the mid 1980s there was an insurgence
of manufacturers migrating to foreign lands.
That change forced Haralson County to
rethink its economy and find a replacement
for the textile industry. The replacement
came in the form of technology led by the
relocation of Honda Lock, Honda Precision,
Suzukaku USA, Southeastern Hose, and
Lee Fabricators. These companies fueled
the transformation from textiles to technology. The construction of the West Georgia
Technical College campus in Waco was
vital in providing the educational component for this change - allowing Haralson
County natives to obtain the necessary
education and training for the various job
opportunities that were available in their
home county. The community benefited
greatly from the increased graduation rate
thanks to the dual school system of city and
county schools - the school system from

which students matriculate to West Georgia
Technical College.
The county continues its transition into a
global community by laying fibers in strategic
locations throughout the county in an effort
to make affordable internet available for all
citizens. Increasing our internet infrastructure will also help to attract new citizens and
businesses to our county. "Grow Haralson" is
a local group of investors who work together
to bring new industries to Haralson County.
With the transition from textiles to technology, Haralson County continues to be a thriving county. However, our greatest transition
has been that of a sole commissioner to a
board of commissioners with the election of
a chairman and district commissioners. The
board of commissioners along with each city
work together to make Haralson County a
great place to live and work.
As I pride myself in my home of Haralson
County, a great place to live and work, I pride
myself in all of the core values it has instilled
in me to help me become the leader that I am
today. Those core values will help me lead my
fellow county officials during the next year
in which I will serve as the ACCG president.
I will be sure to focus on the critical issues
that all Georgia counties face. That includes
focusing on the immediate issues that must be
addressed to ensure that no county - no matter
how big, small, urban, or rural - is not without
the infrastructure needed to make them the
ideal places to live and work.
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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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