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News&Notes ACCG Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Announces $3.25 Million Dividend for 2012 On November 7, the Board of Trustees of the ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (GSIWCF) voted to return a dividend in the amount of $3.25 million to its membership. This represents an increase of 8.3 percent over last year’s $3 million dividend. The dividend will be in the form of a premium credit to those members who have been in the program since 2002 or earlier. The total amount of dividends returned to the membership since 1985 is almost $46 million. 2012 marks the 17th straight year that a dividend has been returned by ACCG-GSIWCF to its membership. ACCG-GSIWCF is a member-owned insurance fund that was started in 1982. The pool provides workers’ compensation coverage for Georgia counties and authorities. Greene County Commissioner Walter L. “Bud” Sanders serves as Chairman of the ACCG-GSIWCF Board of Trustees. The Fund currently has 169 members, consisting of 134 counties and 35 authorities. For information on the ACCG Insurance Programs, please contact Ben Pittarelli at (404) 522-5022 or ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation Receives Funding from the Verizon Foundation The ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation recently received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. Grant funding will be used to expand the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) to four new counties. GCAPS was developed by ACCG staff and county officials to address the need for increased civic involvement and awareness among our state’s youth. To date, two pilot counties have implemented GCAPS. Youth ranging in age from 15 to 18 have engaged in government related activities in each of the counties. The four new sites will be chosen through a competitive application process. Selection criteria will include: identification of a youth development professional to serve as the GCAPS program manager; demonstrated strong interest in GCAPS program implementation; and accessibility to resources to allow the program to continue beyond the grant funding period. The four new GCAPS programs would receive $3,750 each. This money would provide 100 percent funding for the first year of programming costs, 50 percent for the second year and 25 percent for the third year. Look for more information on applying for funds to bring GCAPS to your county at or contact Kathleen Bowen at (404) 522-5022 or The application deadline is February 24, 2012. ACCG Offers Member Services Subscription ACCG now offers county employees the ability to signup for subscription discounts provided by ACCG Preferred Partners. Through collaboration with corporate partners, ACCG has identified several discount programs that county commissioners, county employees and family members are eligible to receive. Whether it is for official county business or personal use, ACCG encourages employees to register to receive these and other exclusive discounts and savings. Sign-up by visiting ACCG’s homepage,, click on the Member Services tab and proceed to County Employee Discounts. 30 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT Current discounts include: Verizon Wireless: 18 percent discount on monthly access, 25 percent discount on accessories and much more. Dell Computers: Exclusive discounts on hardware, peripherals and software. Enterprise Car Rentals: Preferred rates on business and personal rentals. Gas South: Discount of 2 cent per therm off and $50 credit on new accounts. Shaw Floors: Exclusive coupon for 10 percent off flooring purchases.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Guest Editorial: Together We Stand
Harris County: Smart Investments Paying Dividends for the Future
EMS Delivery Models in Georgia
How New EMS Technologies are Improving Patient Care
Regional EMS: Opportunities for Better Service and Lower Costs?
EMS Leadership Course Planned
Washington D.C. Update
Georgia Public Safety Radio Systems Must Transition to Narrowbanding
Fulton County Public Works Recognized with APWA Accreditation
Extension News: Teens Solving Community Problems
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2012