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(L to R): Rob Gordon, Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA; ACCG Past President and Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor; Montgomery County Commissioner Ginger Morris; ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills; and Mara Shaw, Associate Director of the Carl Vison Institute of Government at UGA. (Photo courtesy of ACCG)

ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded county officials with certificates for completing requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy. Recipients were presented with their achievement certificates during the 2022 ACCG Annual Conference at the Savannah Convention Center. Commissioner Ginger Morris was honored for successfully completing the core requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.

ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have collaborated for more than two decades to provide county officials with supplemental training and educational tools in the Lifelong Learning Academy. With abundant courses to choose from, every county official has a tailor-made learning experience that allows them to excel in specific areas of expertise.

“County officials are faced with many challenges and ever-evolving circumstances under which they must govern Georgia’s local communities,” said Dave Wills, ACCG’s Executive Director. “The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help them navigate those challenges. I commend county leaders who take full advantage of educational opportunities to further their knowledge on how to better serve their communities.”

The Lifelong Learning Academy was created with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the issues and decision-making challenges regularly faced by county officials. To ensure the course requirements and curriculum remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – comprised of county commissioners and staff from both ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia – meet regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has been successful in equipping county officials with the necessary skills to meet the needs of their constituents.

“I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the opportunity to grow as a commissioner under the leadership of ACCG,” said Commissioner Morris. “We are fortunate in our state to have the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in collaboration with the ACCG to provide courses that give us the necessary tools to be a successful commissioner. The courses are engaging, informative and provide opportunities to engage in discussions and ask questions. It also allows us to network as well as develop friendships with other commissioners across the state as we work to address a lot of the same needs in our individual counties.”

Commissioner Morris concluded with saying, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the community I call home.   The training I received assures that the citizens of Montgomery County have a commissioner that is educated on her role, committed to making our county a great place to call home and the tools to create a bright future with the other commissioners of our county. I am truly excited about our future!”

  

ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.  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, go to www.accg.org

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