March 31, 2014

  • Published: March 31, 2014
  • NACo awards deadline extended
    There are two more weeks left to apply for national recognition through the 2014 NACo Achievement Awards. Does your county have an innovative program that modernizes county government and increase services to county residents? Maybe your county has started a citizens academy this year or created some other new outreach to help your residents better understand and appreciate county government. Get the details

    CGEI continuing education credits
    County employees who have earned certification through the County Government Education Institute should take note. If you are on the even-year rotation for continuing education credits, your new two-year term starts tomorrow and runs through March 31, 2016. You can start this term off with a bang by attending the CGEI General Management course offered April 16-17. (Deadline to register is Wednesday!) If you have questions about your status or credits, please contact Brandy Perry in the ACCA office at 334-263-7594 or

    Attn: Admininstrators and engineers
    The second full week of May will mean two great professional development conferences in one great location – the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. The Association of County Engineers of Alabama will be there May 13 and 14, and the Association of County Administrators of Alabama will be there May 14-15. Use these links for agenda information and registration.

    Resource conservation and development opportunity
    The 2014 National Conference of the Association of Resource Conservation and Development will be right here in Alabama this year. The event, set for June 1-4 in Mobile, is organized around the theme “Exceeding the Vision.” For more information, visit

    Funding available for rural design workshops
    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts, has issued a Request for Proposals for rural communities seeking to develop strategies to address the specific environmental, social and economic challenges facing rural communities. CIRD works with communities to revitalize their Main Streets, manage and direct growth, design community-supportive transportation systems, preserve natural and historic landscapes and buildings, protect working agricultural lands and develop contextually sensitive rural design guidelines. CIRD will award funding and resources to selected communities with populations of 50,000 or less to develop a multi-day design workshop to address specific community challenges. Counties are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 6. Application assistance calls available April 2 and April 24. Learn more