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2011 ANNUAL MEETING 2011 Annual Meeting Offers Innovative Sessions and Networking Opportunities Leading with Honor Former Atlanta Falcons football coach Dan Reeves entertained a standing-room only gathering of county officials in the Savannah Civic Center ballroom as the opening general session keynote speaker. He highlighted the conference theme, “Leading with Honor,” by telling stories of his leadership development as a college and professional football player and coach. He underscored the importance of setting both realistic and outstanding goals, as well as methods to accomplish them. Reeves encouraged county officials to “demand that people are better than they are, but don’t be disappointed when they aren’t. Keep demanding as it will only make them better.” ust before 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, county officials began arriving at the Savannah Civic Center in Chatham County for the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Nearly an hour later, more than 500 commissioners and other staff were seated among peers, ready to participate in training classes. By the end of the three-day conference, more than 1,320 people representing 140 counties had checked in to the association’s largest conference of the year. “The turnout for this meeting was incredible,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King, who marked his first year serving in this role on May 1. “In the last year, we’ve focused on providing outstanding customer service and a solid return on the time and financial investments that counties and county officials make to our organization. For this conference in particular, we promised a new and improved agenda packed with opportunities for training, professional development and networking — and I believe we delivered.” Throughout the annual meeting, conference participants were reminded of the association’s four-pillar focus on legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement and member services. J Special Sessions Focus on Civility and Economic Recovery Conference attendees also came together to participate in two Standard of Excellence continuing education general sessions moderated by Sharon Collins, host and executive producer of Georgia Outdoors on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The first general session featured Dr. Daniel Kaufman, Georgia Gwinnett College President and a former Brigadier General in the U.S. Army. He was followed by a panel which included Dr. Jamil Zainaldin, President of the Georgia Humanities Council; Mike Berg, Dawson County Chairman and ACCG Second Vice President; and Shelli Siebert, ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation Director. The second general session focused on Georgia’s economic recovery, as well as the impact of the recession on local governments. Dr. Jeff Dorfman, an economist and professor at the University of Georgia provided a context for the discussion and was followed by a panel that included financial experts who explored trends in local government lending and bond ratings and county professionals who discussed the impact of declining property values on tax digests. Networking Opportunities A sold-out County Buyers Mart gave county officials a chance to interact with companies and organizations that do business with counties. Several exhibitors also presented information on best practices and trends during the ACCG Learning Center. Conference participants also enjoyed the picnic in Johnson Square with entertainment by the Savannah State Jazz Band on Sunday evening. This reception provided an opportunity to interact with other county officials and explore part of Savannah’s historic district. The 2011 Annual Meeting concluded with the Celebrating Achievement: 2011 Awards Presentation on Monday evening, followed by dinner and entertainment by Three Dog Night and dancing with the Headliners. Look for Conference Resources on the Web Former Atlanta Falcons Coach Dan Reeves spoke to county officials about his personal leadership development using highlights from his college and professional football experiences. 18 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT Videos of general session speakers, PowerPoint presentations and other information from the 2011 Annual Meeting are now available at Click on “Training and Meetings,” then “Annual Meeting and Buyers Mart.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - May/June 2011

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011
Table of Contents
President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Oconee County: Growth Driven by Quality of Life and Strong Schools
ACCG Annual Meeting Highlights
ACCG and Gas South Affinity Program Saves You Money on Natural Gas
GCIP Interns Help Map the Future for Bartow County
Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council Advises Use of GIS
Douglas County Incorporates Sustainable Design into Plans for the New Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center
Deliberate Indifference to a Serious Medical Need: Inmate Claims under § 1983
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - May/June 2011