ACCG, Georgia’s county association, was established in 1914 when county officials came together to initiate the development of the state’s first highway department. Today, ACCG serves as the consensus building, training, and legislative organization for all 159 county governments in the state and as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. As the state’s official county membership organization, ACCG supports the work of over 800 county commissioners as well as appointed clerks, managers, administrators, and attorneys. The organization also reaches thousands of full-time and part-time county employees through innovative programs that offer exclusive discounts for products and services. Non-governmental entities, including businesses and corporations, also participate in many of ACCG’s activities through the ACCG Partners Program.
ACCG provides programs and services that help ensure counties can provide the necessary leadership, service, and programs to meet the health, safety, and welfare needs of their citizens. In doing so, ACCG offers programs in each of following areas:
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND TRAININGCounty officials actively participate in voluntary training and certification programs through the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy. For more than 25 years, ACCG has partnered with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to develop and expand this nationally recognized program. Courses are offered throughout the year at ACCG conferences and regional training.
As the official consensus building and legislative organization for Georgia’s county governments, ACCG serves as the voice for county governments at the federal and state levels. The organization’s policy staff focuses on legislative priorities in the areas of revenue and finance; health and human services; public safety and the courts; natural resources and the environment; general county government; economic development and transportation; and federal.
MEMBER SERVICESThe commitment of ACCG to help county government operate both efficiently and effectively is best demonstrated through the success of its member services programs. These programs leverage the collective purchasing power of county government, resulting in high quality programs that meet specific needs paired with outstanding customer service and lower overall costs. Member services programs include insurance, retirement, financial services, group purchasing/employee discounts, technical assistance and the ACCG Preferred Partners Program.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENTACCG believes government is most effective when citizens understand its role and function and are involved in the community. ACCG established the Civic Affairs Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, to foster civic engagement and increase awareness of the role and value of county government. The Civic Affairs Foundation oversees the Georgia County Internship Program for graduate and undergraduate college students and the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students for high school students.
To learn more about ACCG, visit www.accg.org.
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