Thursday April 27th
Friday April 28th

    County Managers/Administrators Section Meeting & Breakfast

    Attendee Breakfast


    Opening Session & Keynote Speaker

    Business Meeting

    General Session – Preview of Hot Topics Breakout Sessions

    Hear from award-winning public sector HR leader Bob Lavigna and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Tom Carden, Jr., on what’s to come during their hot topic breakout sessions.

    Clerks CE Session – ENGAGIFII Database Training

    Hot Topic Sessions

    Attend the breakout session of your choice to engage and connect with the nation's leading experts as they dive into trending issues counties are currently facing and how to combat them.

    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.

    County Buyers Mart & Lunch

    Look for lunch in the County Buyers Mart, including a showcase of some of Georgia’s best food products in the County Agents’ Farm House. A reception will be held from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Photographs for LLA Certificate Recipients

    Clerks Section Meeting

    ACCG-IRMA Board Meeting

Saturday April 29th


    Awards Breakfast

    Lifelong Learning Academy certificate recipients and honorees of this year’s Emory Greene and Jerry R. Griffin leadership awards, County Clerk of the Year, and Leadership Development Advocate of the Year awards will be recognized. County innovation will also be celebrated as the 2023 Georgia County Excellence Awards will be presented.

    General Session – Preview of Open Government and First Amendment Auditors Breakout Session

    Open Government and the Emergence of First Amendment Audits and Auditors

    Ken Jarrard, partner in the law firm of Jarrard & Davis, LLP, and instructor in the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy, will provide a high-level overview of one of the newest challenges county governments are currently facing.  He will describe the magnitude of the situation and help county officials understand the benefits of a proper response, how that response should correspond with your government’s overall approach to ensuring transparency, as well as the risks associated with a less-than-optimal response. 

    Concurrent Sessions

    Attend the breakout session of your choice.

    Open Government and the Emergence of First Amendment Audits and AuditorsRoom 102/103/104

    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 Government Affairs Team Room 203/204/205

    Members of the ACCG Government Relations 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.

    Photographs for ACCG Leadership and County Excellence Award Recipients

    Let’s Talk About It: What NACo Means to Georgia’s Counties

    ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills and National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director Matthew Chase engage in a lively discussion about NACo’s role in recent critical federal policy developments, programs, and services the national county association offers as a benefit to Georgia’s counties, and much more. Attend this session to learn why it’s important for your county to be involved in NACo.

    ACCG Board Installation Luncheon

    Celebrate the Association’s new leadership with the installation of the 2023-2024 Officers and Board of Managers.

    NACO Focus: Breakout Sessions

    Attend the breakout session of your choice to learn more about NACo’s involvement in significant federal policy. Join NACo staff and other issue experts as they explore implications for counties in the Peach State.

    Mental Health: NACo and the Georgia PerspectiveRoom 102/103/104

    The need to reform our nation’s mental health policies, programs, and practices is more pressing than ever.  Mental health is a multifaceted issue in which counties across the nation, Georgia counties included, are faced with mounting county caseloads, dire and unique community challenges, and increased costs for all involved. NACo staff will help county officials understand the depth of the issue and identify strategies for making positive progress towards better mental health outcomes for their communities.

    Federal Agricultural Policy, the Farm Bill, & Nutrition AssistanceRoom 203/204/205

    Join Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, along with key NACo and Congressional staff, as they discuss their collective tireless work to keep federal agricultural policy aligned with the best interests of Georgia’s #1 industry.  Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Farm Bill helps counties make critical investments in infrastructure, economic development, workforce training, nutrition, and conservation within some of our nation’s most underserved communities. For rural counties, the Farm Bill and its programs represent significant opportunities to address acute issues.  For urban counties, the Farm Bill plays a key role in providing the necessary resources to ensure all individuals have access to nutrition.

    Photographs for LLA Certificate Recipients

    Chatham County’s Largest-Ever Luau Celebration

    Join us on Saturday evening for oysters, tons of fun and the biggest Luau Celebration Chatham County has ever seen. Put on your comfortable shoes and your favorite Hawaiian shirt so we can dance the night away to a live band on the banks of the scenic Savannah River. The night will be filled with delicious tropical foods, fun games for all, and a limbo contest.

Sunday April 30th

Color Key

  ACCG Program Board Meetings

  Admin/Manager Session

  Attorneys Seminar

  Board of Managers Meeting


  Business Session

  Buyers Mart

  Clerks Education

  Continuing Education

  Lifelong Learning Academy: Core

  Lifelong Learning Academy: Specialty


  Opening Session




  Wellness Event