Concurrent Educational Sessions

Friday, April 28
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Identifying, Recruiting, & Retaining Top-Level Talent to Work in County Government
Bob Lavigna will host an interactive workshop to identify strategies that counties can embrace to position themselves as employers of choice. Key members of the ACCG staff will partner with Bob as he discusses how counties can attract and retain talent by marketing public service and delivering a positive employee experience.

The Georgia National Guard: Who Are They in 2023 and How Can They Help You?
Georgia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Tom Carden Jr., will host an interactive workshop focused on the ways county officials can assist with communicating opportunities for engagement with the Guard. He will be joined by a panel of county officials who currently serve in the Georgia National Guard.

Saturday, April 29
10:35 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Open Government and the Emergence of First Amendment Audits and Auditors
Ken Jarrard will host an interactive workshop, taking a deeper dive into both the challenges and opportunities presented to county governments by First Amendment Audits and Auditors. Participants will see relevant examples of audits executed at Georgia local government offices and learn key strategies for how to properly respond to First Amendment Auditors and otherwise receive practical guidance on why preparing for a First Amendment Audit can fit in to your government’s overall culture of transparency. Attendees will engage in exercises to learn how to put the information to use.

Legislative Update – ACCG Governmental Affairs Team
Members of the ACCG Governmental Affairs Team will provide a summary of significant legislation impacting Georgia’s counties that passed during the 2023 session of the Georgia General Assembly. A cursory overview of important bills that did not pass will also be provided.