Attend Annual Conference Continuing Education Sessions

Attendees of the Annual Conference are encouraged to take advantage of all educational opportunities, including the policy continuing education sessions. These special opportunities will give county officials an up-to-date look at the latest legislative issues.

For the available policy sessions, please see the list below. Times and locations are subject to change. Please check the current updates page for the latest schedule.

Legislative Update

Saturday, April 29

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Oglethorpe Auditorium


Continuing Education Sessions

Saturday, April 29

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

  • The Outlook for Healthcare in Georgia, Room 105

Healthcare issues are paramount to everyone now but navigating this rocky road is quite the trip…but one worth taking!  Rick Jones of Jones Management Consulting offers his evaluation of current federal health care initiatives and legislation.  ACCG Associate Legislative Director Debra Nesbit looks into her crystal ball to see what the state’s reaction to federal plans  might be and whether it could be  result in  legislative action next year. Finally, health care experts with the Mercer University School of Medicine bring it home with a look at what they hear in communities statewide.  ACCG Health Program and Insurance Marketing Director Ben Pittarelli facilitates the conversation.

  • Enhancing Broadband Access Across Georgia, Room 106

The world we live in is certainly dependent on internet access. From personal to business use, many daily activities, such as navigating your way to a desired destination or using a cloud-based system in your county department, are affected by internet access.  This session  focuses on improving internet broadband access across Georgia, both rural and urban; the future of telecommunications equipment and its location necessary to facilitate this development; recent proposed legislation that significantly impacts county zoning and right of way management; and fostering better cooperation among the state, counties and the telecommunications industry in the process.  Speakers include Senator Steve Gooch, Majority Whip, Georgia Senate; Van Stephens, Chief Assistant County Attorney, Gwinnett County and Kevin Curtin, Regional Vice President of Legislative Affairs, AT&T.  ACCG Deputy Legislative Director Todd Edwards moderates.


Continuing Education Session: Legislative Update 202

Sunday, April 30

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Oglethorpe Auditorium

This town hall session takes a more in-depth look at several legislative measures that will have an immediate impact on your county. ACCG staffers examine HB 146, Firefighter Cancer Insurance legislation that requires fire departments to provide a lump sum payment to any firefighter diagnosed with certain types of cancers, and SB 222 which established the Local Government 9-1-1 Authority that will provide statewide coordination, centralized collection of 9-1-1 fees, and auditing of telephone service providers in Georgia. Attend this session to receive in-depth presentations on how HB 146 will impact local government budgets and how SB 222 will be of service to Georgia’s 9-1-1 system – the backbone of the state’s public safety and health systems. Speakers include ACCG Insurance Programs Deputy Director Ashley Abercrombie and ACCG Associate Legislative Director Debra Nesbit.


For questions regarding registration for classes, please contact:

Carol Baker, ACCG Leadership Development Director 404.589.7806,

Jeff Christie, ACCG Leadership Development Deputy Director 706.340.9597,