New SIDP | Hot 5

  • Published: December 14, 2015
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know


    1. ACCA SIDP 2015-2016 Guidelines Coming Soon

    The ACCA staff has been hard at work updating and revising portions of the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) Guidelines for 2015-2016 and are happy to report that it will be posted online by Friday, Dec. 18. All County Fund Members are asked to thoroughly read the guidelines, specifically through Appendix B, to learn about the changes in the program. Once posted, you will be able to access the new guidelines by going to “Resources” in the red bar near the top of and then selecting “Insurance-Related Training & Resources.” If there are any questions regarding the SIDP, please contact Henry van Arcken ( or Marcia Collier ( by email or by calling 334-263-7594.


    2. New Events for NACo Legislative Conference

    If you are headed to the NACo Legislative Conference in February, there are changes to the line-up of Alabama events for 2016 that you will likely want to consider when making your travel plans. There will be no Capitol Hill breakfast with the Alabama delegation, and the new events in the works for Tuesday, Feb. 23, are:

    • Roundtable Meeting with U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby
    • Roundtable Meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions
    • 7 Discussion Meetings by Congressional District

    The traditional Alabama Caucus is still on the schedule, and you can use the following link for additional information.


    3. DRIVE Alabama – More Work Ahead 

    At the legislative conference, the ACCA membership accepted the challenge to work together to push DRIVE Alabama on social media from now through the start of the legislative session. Numerous legislators and government leaders are already aware of the campaign. The voice of county government is being heard, but the challenge is to keep the momentum strong.

    At the conference, we set the following benchmarks to reach by January 8:

    2500 Facebook likes

    250 Twitter followers

    2500 Website visitors

    250 Surveys completed

    For the next few weeks, there will be a graphic at the end of each Hot 5 showing the progress! The best way to help is to post a status update on your favorite social media site, asking your friends and family to get involved in DRIVE Alabama’s efforts. Attached is a list of posts that might be helpful to your efforts.

    Each Thursday, from now until the proposed revenue-generating legislation is considered by the Legislature, the ACCA staff will also provide Social Media Tips to assist the membership with promoting DRIVE Alabama. Additionally, the ACCA staff will be working diligently to help achieve these benchmarks – starting with a statewide press release that will circulate tomorrow urging citizens to complete the DRIVE Alabama surveys.

    Should you have any questions, please contact Terri Reynolds at 334-263-7594 or
    4. ACCA District Meetings Next Month

    Take your pick! There are 6 opportunities at 6 locations around the state to intensify your preparations for the 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, which kicks off Feb. 2. Tremendous work has already been done to make sure that the One Voice of Alabama counties is ready to go, and District Meeting are especially key for defensive strategy. Check out the District Meeting Flyer for more.

      1. Morgan County | Jan. 13, 2016
      2. Calhoun County | Jan. 14, 2016
      3. Clarke County | Jan. 19, 2016
      4. Pike County | Jan. 21, 2016
      5. Tuscaloosa County | Jan. 26, 2016
      6. Elmore County | Jan. 27, 2016

    5. ACCA Legislative Conference Resources

    The recent ACCA Legislative Conference was packed with timely and actionable information for county officials and staff members, and many presenters have provided electronic versions of their PowerPoint slides and handouts. The available files are all online at this link: 2015 Legislative Conference Resources.



    DRIVE Alabama Campaign Benchmarks

    DRIVE status graphic





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