Comparative Data | Hot 5

  • Published: November 9, 2015
  • 1. How do other counties handle _____?

    One of the strengths of “67counties, One voice” is the way county officials and staff members network as they are evaluating current policies or troubleshooting issues. Members will be pleased to know that the 2015-16 Comparative Data Survey will be going out this week to take a comprehensive look at county government in Alabama. When complete, this research tool will provide information available nowhere else to guide and inform decisions at the local level. It is also an essential tool when advocating for county issues on the state and federal levels. If you have any questions, please contact Chase Cobb (ccobb@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594).

     

    2. DRIVE Alabama Campaign Strategy Webinar THIS WEEK

    Thanks to efforts across the state, the DRIVE Alabama message – that Alabama needs a sustainable infrastructure vision to prepare us for 21st century mobility needs – has been shared via television, radio, newspapers and social media. And the campaign is just getting started! To prepare for the next steps, a campaign webinar is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. Commissioners, county engineers and county administrators are all encouraged to take part. There will be a sneak peek at the DRIVE Alabama website, social media tips and talking points. Click this link to register online.

    Also, if any county has not received its media packet, please email drivealabama@gmail.com. News coverage has been strong so far, and remaining counties are encouraged to release their info to local media as soon as possible.

     

    3. Updating the ACCA Membership Directory

    The ACCA Membership Directory is an invaluable resource for all 67 counties, and ACCA is asking county administrators for their help updating the info on each county for the 2016 edition. There’s one week left until the Nov. 16 deadline for counties to submit their directory revisions – and updated photos if necessary. Any administrator with questions or who did not receive the email with their directory pages for review may contact Terri Reynolds (treynolds@alabamacounties.org or 334-263-7594).

     

    4. U.S. Communities Makes Cooperative Contract Changes

    We have recently been informed by U.S. Communities that they will no longer contract for office supplies and school supplies after Dec. 31, 2015, due to the dramatic changes and consolidation in the office supplies industry. U.S. Communities feels they can no longer bring value to public agencies for this commodity at this time but they will continue to monitor the industry and revisit this decision should things change. Please know that any county wanting to continue ordering through Independent Stationers (IS) may do so. Read the attached notice from IS for details. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact the ACCA office.

     

    5. Meadowbrook Relationship Continues

    The Boards of Trustees of both ACCA self-funded insurance programs have approved three-year contracts for Meadowbrook Insurance Group to continue providing claims administration and adjusting services to Alabama counties. The new contracts also include provisions for the contracts to be extended and to include similar services for the Association’s new property insurance program. “We are excited to continue what has been an outstanding and long-standing relationship with Meadowbrook Insurance Group,” said ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield. “Working together we will continue to provide unparalleled service and coverage to Alabama counties and their employees.”

     

    Notice: The ACCA office will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day.

     

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