Monday Memo | January 6

  • Published: January 6, 2020
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    Just before the holidays, a group of probate judges gathered at the Association headquarters to look toward enhanced cooperation between the two groups during the 2020 Legislative Session and beyond. About 35 years ago, such a gathering would not have been news. Back then, the Association provided legislative leadership for the probate judges, assisted them with the implementation of new laws and helped organize their conferences. Since then, the organizations have moved apart for a variety of reasons. Within just the past few years, we’ve forged rock solid relationships with the organizations representing the sheriffs and county tax officials. Maybe this year will signal the start of a similar path with the probate judges. Certainly, there’s no limit to what we could accomplish with a unified county voice.


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    ACCA to hold “Tweet2Advocate” competition among 67 counties, affiliate organizations; Entirety of County Family urged to participate

    Are you on Twitter? Your legislators are — and they’re utilizing the social media platform to determine how to vote on the issues. Be a part of the conversation and ensure legislators know where counties stand on these issues by participating in the Association’s “Tweet2Advocate” competition. Beginning and ending with the 2020 Legislative Session, “Tweet2Advocate” will be a friendly competition among all 67 counties and ACCA’s five affiliate organizations. To compete, all you must do is (1) have a Twitter account, (2) send out legislative-focused tweets and (3) if you are an elected official, include the hashtags #ALpolitics and #YourCounty (e.g., Autauga, Winston) in every tweet OR if you are a county employee, use the hashtags #ALpolitics, #YourCounty and #YourAffiliateOrganization (i.e., #ACAA, #ACEA, #AAEM, #AAND, #CROAA) in every tweet. The winners will be announced and awarded at the ACCA Annual Convention in August. Find complete competition details and guidance here.

    ACCA District Meetings to kick off this week, wrap up Jan. 23

    Designed to fully educate all county officials and employees on county government legislative priorities and other pressing issues for the coming session, the ACCA 2020 District Meetings will kick off this week in Conecuh (Jan. 7) and Chambers (Jan. 9) counties. Are you registered to attend the January District Meeting most convenient to you? There’s still plenty of time to do so — just click here.

    Engineers webinar taking place this Wednesday at 2 p.m.

    Calling all County Engineers and Engineering Staff! The January webinar of the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) is scheduled for this Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. To participate, be sure to register here.


    KEY DATES

    This week’s important ACCA-related events, trainings, deadlines, etc.

    Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m.

    ACCA District Meeting | Conecuh County

    Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m.

    ACEA Monthly Webinar

    Thursday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m.

    ACCA District Meeting | Chambers County