Hot 5: NACo opportunities, corrections & heavy equipment

  • Published: June 9, 2014
  • NACo leadership opportunities 

    If you would like to have a voice in creating the legislative policies of the National Association of Counties, then consider serving on one of the following NACo steering committees:

    • Agriculture & Rural Affairs;
    • Community & Economic Development;
    • Environment, Energy & Land Use;
    • Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs;
    • Health;
    • Human Services & Education;
    • Justice & Public Safety;
    • Labor & Employment;
    • Public Lands;
    • Telecommunications & Technology;
    • Transportation.

    Nomination form and participation requirements are available online. Questions? Contact Marcia Collier in the ACCA office (334-263-7594 or mcollier@alabamacounties.org).

     

    Corrections at a Crossroads: ACCA Convention 2014

    ACCA’s 2014 Convention in August is focused on Corrections at a Crossroads, and this is a busy week on that front. The first meetings of ACCA’s Prison Reform Policy Team and the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force are slated for tomorrow. Watch your mailbox this week for the next issue of County Commission magazine, which previews the convention by exploring the corrections issues as well as convention offerings specific to various specialties within county government. One of the sessions is focused on mental health issues in the county jail, which, as this AL.com article explains, is a big problem statewide.

     

    GASB survey on government financial statements

    The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is gathering feedback from preparers of governmental financial statements using an online survey. Over the last few years there have been several training opportunities for county administrators on this very issue, and counties are encouraged to voice their opinions.

     

    Grants available to help counties bring high-speed internet to unserved areas

    There’s about a month left to apply for part of a $13 million federal program, called the Community Connects Grants, that can help counties provide high-speed internet service to unserved areas.

     

    Making money from heavy equipment bought through County Joint Bid Program

    The County Joint Bid Program was designed to save money through statewide and regional bids on items such as heavy equipment, herbicides and road signs. The program has grown to include services, such as disaster debris removal and monitoring. But one county has taking the money saving to a whole new level – by actually turning a profit on heavy equipment.