2 North Jackson Podcast

This podcast is designed to provide county leaders with the latest news, insight, details and accomplishments important to Alabama’s 67 county governments.

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July: County Budgeting, Mental Health Obstacles, Transitions in Commission Leadership

JULY 29, 2022

The July episode of ACCA’s 2 North Jackson Podcast features discussions between the Association’s Executive Director, Sonny Brasfield, and guest experts on financial planning in today’s economy, local-level challenges in mental health, and preparations for new county leadership.

For convenience, provided below is a breakdown of this month’s discussion topics, including the time allotted to each topic, and the names of our expert guests.

  • Planning for 2023 Budgets Time: 00:00 – 10:05
    Guest: Paul Winn, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

  • Addressing Mental Health Challenges — Time: 10:06 – 20:13
    Guest: Hon. Tim Burgess, Probate Judge & Commission Chair,
                Cherokee County

  • Preparing for New County Leadership — Time: 20:14 – 27:54
    Guests: Hon. Mark Culver, Commission Chair, Houston County
                 Hon. Brandon Shoupe, Commission Chair-Elect, Houston County

June: State Prison Operations, ACCA 94th Convention, World Games Preparation

JUNE 30, 2022

(27:39) The June 2022 episode of the 2 North Jackson Podcast features discussions between ACCA’s Executive Director, Sonny Brasfield, and guest experts on state prison operations, non-verbal communication and World Games preparation.

For convenience, provided below is a breakdown of this month’s discussion topics, including the time allotted to each topic, and the names of our expert guests.

  •   State Prison Operations    Time: 00:00 – 10:16
    Guest: John Hamm, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Corrections

  •   ACCA 94th Convention    Time: 10:17 – 19:07
    Guest: Jan Hargrave, Non-Verbal Communication Expert &
    94th Convention Keynote Speaker

  •   World Games Preparation    Time: 19:08 – 27:39
    Guest: Jim Coker, EMA Director, Jefferson County

May: Broadband Expansion, National Leadership & Electronic Meetings

MAY 31, 2022

This episode features discussions between ACCA’s Executive Director, Sonny Brasfield, and guest experts on broadband expansion, national leadership and electronic meetings.

For convenience, provided below is a breakdown of this month’s discussion topics, including the time allotted to each topic, and the names of our expert guests.

  •   Broadband Expansion | Time: 00:00 – 10:57
    Guest: Maureen Neighbors, Digital Expansion Division Chief,
    Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs

  •   National Leadership | Time: 10:58 – 24:33
    Guest: Chris Champion, Engineer, Henry County

  •   Electronic Meetings | Time: 24:34 – 32:24
    Guest: Lauren Hodge, Director of Affiliate & Government Relations, ACCA


Inmate Funding

APRIL 26, 2022

(6:18) A total of $11 million in State funds is being made available to counties for their 2021 care of State-responsible inmates. In this episode, ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield discusses the legislation that secured this funding for counties, how much funding is available to your county and, most importantly, how to access your county’s funds.


Policy Perspectives from Alabama Counties

This podcast features the perspectives of Alabama’s 67 counties regarding state legislation and policies that impact the day-to-day operations of county government.

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HB458 – Updates to State Constitutional Amendment 772 Supporting Local Economic Development

MARCH 18, 2022

(4:34) A number of Alabama counties and cities utilize Amendment 772 to the Alabama Constitution in order to provide a “thing of value” when pursuing economic development projects at the local level. The Amendment establishes a limited set of circumstances under which counties and cities may provide incentives, despite the prohibition against giving a “thing of value” to a person or entity found elsewhere in the Constitution.

Amendment 772 was adopted by statewide referendum in 2004 and has not been updated since.  Supported by the Economic Development Association of Alabama,HB458 by Rep. Jeff Sorrells & Sen. Steve Livingston proposes several technical changes to the Amendment to address challenges that have arisen in nearly two decades of economic development and recruitment.



HB272 – Permitless Carry of Firearms

FEBRUARY 16, 2022

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SB157 – Logging Trucks on County Roads & Bridges

FEBRUARY 08, 2022

(10:51) Alabama’s 67 Counties OPPOSE SB157
If enacted, the provisions of Senate Bill 157 would cause significant damage to Alabama county roads and bridges by removing the existing weight restrictions recommended by engineering professionals nationwide to allow for logging trucks to transport the increased weight of nearly 100,000 pounds per trip on public roads and bridges.