Monday Memo | February 27

  • Published: February 27, 2023

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    Like the walk-up music played at Major League Baseball games, this past week’s budget hearings here in Montgomery signal the start of the legislative session. Based on the rumors — and, man, are there some crazy rumors — the next three months will challenge us all. Being effectively engaged this session begins with joining the County Family online community. Contact us today with any questions you have about getting signed up so you can be ready when the curveballs start flying!


    This week’s need-to-know information from ACCA

    ACCA Goat Hill communications return Friday, March 3

    The Association will resume its Goat Hill communications to all County Family members beginning this Friday, March 3, ahead of the 2023 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. 

    Each week during the legislative session, ACCA staff members will provide the essential “need-to-know” details as briefly as possible to County Family members on the County Family online community’s “2023 Legislative Session” tab and via three different mailings. On Mondays, County leaders will receive a “Goat Hill Prep” mailing with a quick-hit overview of the week ahead. On Fridays, members will receive a “Goat Hill Glance” mailing with a video detailing the past legislative week’s events and describing meaningful action needed from County Family members over the weekend. As necessary, members will also receive critical “Goat Hill Alert” mailings from the Association, featuring a concise and urgent call to action.

    Each affiliate plays an essential role in advancing the 2023 Alabama County Platform along with the County Family’s Legislative Priorities. It is vital that the entire County Family remains vigilant throughout the legislative session and is ready to advance priorities and defend against harmful legislation.

    Commissioners travel to Prattville for March 1-3 ALGTI classes

    Commissioners will travel to the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center later this week for the Alabama Local Government Training Institute’s (ALGTI) “Roads and Bridges” and “Intergovernmental Relations” courses. 

    Commissioners can access an agenda for the ALGTI “Roads and Bridges” class here. An agenda for ALGTI’s “Intergovernmental Relations” class is available here.

    ACAA Regional Meetings continue into second week

    County Administrators will continue to meet this Thursday, March 2, in Shelby County as part of an ongoing series of Regional Meetings. The meetings are held each spring and provide time for County Administrators to come together in meeting places across the state to discuss common issues counties face. County Administrators who have yet to attend a meeting are encouraged to register on the County Family online community under their group’s “Events/Education” tab for one of the listed meetings below:

    • Thursday, March 2 (Shelby County)
    • Friday, March 10 (Etowah County)
    • Friday, March 17 (Fayette County)

    Meetings will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with lunch at a restaurant of the host county’s choosing. County Administrators who cannot attend this week’s meeting are encouraged to attend a meeting later this month. A short video tutorial detailing how to access your group’s “Events/Education” tab is available here. Please contact ACCA Public Relations Manager Marty Stokes with any questions.

    County Family invited to attend Broadband TAP events in Southeast Ala.

    County Leaders across the state — and specifically in Southeast Ala. — are invited to attend this week’s in-person broadband assistance meetings hosted by the Alabama Community Broadband Technical Assistance Program (ACBTAP). The program, developed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), has been hosting technical assistance meetings across the state since December 2022 and will continue this week with meetings in Southeast Ala.

    The informational sessions provide technical assistance for understanding broadband gaps while positioning counties to enact policies supporting future broadband development. Please click here for more information, including this week’s meeting schedule and agenda.