New Times for County Days | Hot 5

  • Published: February 15, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    BONUS: Look  for Hot 5′s Hot Tip on a simple and powerful Facebook strategy for the united voice of county government to enhance the DRIVE Alabama campaign. 

    1. New Start Time for County Days at the Legislature

    The timing couldn’t be better for the beginning 2016’s County Days tomorrow, and all 67 counties (“One Voice”) will benefit from the work of Butler, Elmore, Geneva, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, St. Clair and Walker counties this week.

    To make the best use of your valuable time, the day’s schedule of events has been revised.

    • 11 a.m. – Lunch and Legislative Briefing at ACCA headquarters, 100 N. Jackson St., Montgomery
    • 12 noon – Lobbying at the Alabama State House

    Please call ACCA (334-263-7594) if you have any questions. Remaining counties are encouraged to keep the strong county presence going throughout the session, so make sure your calendar is marked!

    NEW County Days 2016 Flyer

    With new time schedule and dates (unchanged)


    2. Personal Meetings with Congressional Delegation

    Everyone attending the upcoming NACo Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., has a unique opportunity to sit and discuss issues with both Senate and U.S. House members. Both U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions will hold hour-long sessions in the Senate Russell Office Building beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  Later that afternoon, House members will join counties for a similar roundtable event.  Those registered for the conference should clear their schedules and review this Association memo, “NACo Legislative Conference Final Details.” See you in D.C.!


    3Toolkit from NACo to help mark National County Government Month

    National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. For the past 25 years, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties use this as a time to promote county services and programs. The observance is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the vital role counties play in residents’ lives every day. The 2016 theme is “Safe and Secure Counties,” and it will focuses on counties’ service in three distinct areas: ensuring public safety, preserving public health and well-being, and promoting local economies. The NCGM 2016 Toolkit is now available at Download the toolkit (includes sample news releasesample proclamation) for ideas about engaging your community and celebrating county government in action.


    4. Looking up Your County’s Local Legislation

    ACCA’s Legislative Tracking System is designed to be an efficient and user-friendly way for county officials and employees around the state to monitor bills throughout the session. The Tracking Charts are set up to make it especially convenient to zero in on a particular type of bills. For example, if you are interested in local legislation affecting your county:


    Go to & Click this button

    tracking button screenshot

    On the Tracking Charts page, scroll down to the rows of blue buttons and click

    local button

    This will pull up several pages of PDF charts listing all local legislation, organized by county.

    Charts are updated every Friday to reflect the week’s activity.


    5. New Member of the Reynolds Family

    Terri Reynolds, ACCA’s director of public affairs, has happy news to share. She and her husband Venny have welcomed a son into their family, with the birth of Xavier Alexander Reynolds on Feb. 3. “Xai,” their first child, was 7 lbs, 11 oz and 20.5 inches. Mom and baby are healthy, happy and doing well. Everyone in the ACCA office is delighted for them, and Terri is planning to be back at work at the first of April.



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    Hot 5’s Hot Tip 

    The Intersection of “67 Counties, 1 Voice” & DRIVE Alabama

    Remember what DRIVE stands for? Developing a Road and Infrastructure Vision for EVERYONE in Alabama. Everyone means all 67 counties because no one has the resources to adequately maintain and improve local roads and bridges.

    Thanks so much for all you did to help generate a tremendous response to the Geneva County Schools’ video! (View video at this link – no Facebook account required ) It’s been viewed more than 10,000 times! Some commenters tried to “pile on” and criticize Geneva County – but others would jump in and say “This is very common in south Alabama” or “Feel your pain! We’ve been through the same thing in Covington County!” That sounds like the unified voice of county government, don’t you think?

    Comments like that are a quick way to emphasize the Everyone. DRIVE Alabama is working for a long-range, sustainable infrastructure solution for everyone in Alabama. #DriveAlabama #67counties1voice


    Notice: The ACCA office is closed today in observance of Presidents Day.