Sumter County commissioners recognized by Lifelong Learning Academy
Published 1:54 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2017
From STAFF REPORTS
ATLANTA – 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 2017 Legislative Leadership Conference at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center in Augusta-Richmond County. Sumter County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Howard and Commissioner Thomas Jordan were honored for successfully completing the economic and community development track requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.
The Lifelong Learning Academy has been essential in providing an opportunity for county officials to enhance their knowledge in various areas while providing practical lessons that are applicable to situations in their respective counties.
ACCG President, Allen Poole, congratulated the recipients who earned their certificates. “Those who participate in the Lifelong Learning Academy are willfully enriching their counties by equipping themselves with the latest information pertaining to counties,” he said. “Government moves at an incredibly fast pace, but they have taken the time to sit and become informed on complex topics and become up-to-date on ways to best serve their constituents. I congratulate all who have graduated and am proud of the effort they have shown.”
For over two decades, ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have worked in concert to provide supplemental training and educational tools for county officials. Members work to complete core requirements and can then choose from the abundant course options in a number of specialty tracks, such as intergovernmental relations and disaster and emergency preparedness.
“The development of our membership to better serve their counties is the core of the classes we offer,” said Ross King, ACCG’s Executive Director. “Year after year, county officials face the burden of high stakes leadership and make decisions on pressing issues both old and new. Our programs guide officials through this pressure, giving them the tools they need to not only face, but overcome obstacles.”