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ACCG, Georgia’s County Association Celebrates 100 Years
Governor Deal and the Georgia General Assembly Recognize Association’s Milestone
 

ATLANTA, Ga. (February 6, 2014) – Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly helped launch the centennial anniversary of ACCG, Georgia’s county association, during the organization’s annual Capitol Connection Conference held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Governor Deal presented a proclamation recognizing milestone anniversary to ACCG President and Dawson County Chairman Mike Berg and praised the association for its efforts to build partnerships between with other elected officials at the federal, state and local level. ACCG leaders also were recognized by the Georgia General Assembly with resolutions passed by the House and Senate.

“ACCG has built a solid reputation for working on behalf of counties, and it is an exciting time in the life of our association,” said ACCG President and Dawson County Chairman Mike Berg. “Counties depend on ACCG to track public policy, identify statewide trends, provide continuing education, and help us operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Reaching a milestone such as a centennial anniversary is a significant achievement and I look forward to an exciting year.”

ACCG began in 1914 as an organization of commissioners of roads and highways who gathered for a common purpose of improving Georgia’s road system, supporting the establishment of the state’s first Department of Transportation and working together to provide county bond funding to match federal funding for roads. From these early roots, ACCG has grown to become the state’s leading advocacy organization for counties while also providing leadership development and certification programs, community and civic engagement initiatives, technical assistance, and other programs such insurance programs, retirement services, and financing designed to provide group discounts and cost savings for counties.

“Our programs and services have changed over the years to adapt to the needs of counties and their communities,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “As we celebrate 100 years of service, we build upon the foundation of our predecessors and continue to focus on the important work of advancing Georgia’s counties. Many of the initiatives we have planned throughout the year will help educate Georgians about the significance of county government and emphasize the importance of civic engagement.”

ACCG has planned a year-long celebration to commemorate this significant occasion. Some of the planned initiatives include the release of the Courthouses of Georgia photography book in Fall 2014, a special feature and supplement in Georgia Trend magazine explain how counties help to foster business development, the announcement of the permanent placement of the association’s archives and the launch of a new educational campaign and website designed to help Georgia residents better understand county government.

Many businesses and organizations have come together in support of ACCG’s centennial anniversary by providing funding to support special initiatives or the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation. These supporters include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia; The Coca-Cola Company; Douglas C. Lane & Associates; Yancey Bros. Co; CBIZ; Gas South; Georgia Power; Georgia Transmission Corporation; UBS; Verizon; Fairpointe Capital; Gardner, Willis, Sweat & Handelman; Georgia Humanities Council; Hall Booth Smith, P.C.; Mauldin & Jenkins; the National Association of Counties; Seix Investment Advisors LLP; Springsted; TGM Advertising; U.S. Communities; the Atlanta Regional Commission; the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia School Boards Association.

For more information on ACCG, go to www.accg.org.