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Published April 20, 2015
 
BEN HILL COUNTY COMMISSIONER SCOTT DOWNING NAMED TO LEAD
ACCG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TRANSPORTATION POLICY COMMITTEE
 
ATLANTA, Ga. (April 20, 2015) – Ben Hill County Commissioner Scott Downing was recently named as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the Economic Development and Transportation Committee Policy Committee for ACCG, Georgia’s county association. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash during the 2015 ACCG Annual Conference held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Legislative advocacy and public policy development are two of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia counties. The association uses a consensus-based policy committee process to bring together county commissioners and county staff to discuss issues of concern to county government that require changes to state and federal laws and agency policies. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the County Platform. The County Platform is voted on by the membership at the ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference held annually in October. ACCG policy staff use the County Platform to guide advocacy efforts on behalf of counties during the legislative session.

“Policy committee leaders serve an essential function by leading their peers in the discussion of critical issues facing Georgia counties,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “These committees provide a forum for learning more about key policy issues, and our chairs and vice chairs are responsible for helping to lead the discussion and develop consensus.”

The Economic Development and Transportation Committee covers issues ranging from transportation infrastructure and funding and the relationship between the Georgia Department of Transportation and counties to job creation, incentives for industry and other issues.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of this committee and to work on legislative issues that have a direct impact on our community,” said Commissioner Downing. “Economic Development and Transportation are two of the most important issues facing counties today. I hope to continue the good work of past chairman Richard Oden of Rockdale county by having the committees concerns voiced in the platform and at the capital.”

Commissioner Downing will lead the Economic Development and Transportation Committee Policy Committee with Jones County Commissioner Daylon Martin, who was named Vice Chairman.

In addition to legislative advocacy, ACCG also provides leadership development, civic and community engagement programs and membership services such as retirement and insurance programs and discounts for counties and county employees. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, visit www.accg.org