ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded Dawson County District 3 Commissioner Tim Satterfield with a certificate for successfully completing the core requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.
For more than two decades ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, have collaborated to offer supplemental training and educational tools in the Lifelong Learning Academy. With abundant courses to choose from, every county official has a tailor-made learning experience that allows them to excel in specific areas of expertise.
“Counties in Georgia face a constantly evolving set of challenges which elected and appointed officials must address in order to lead effectively,” stated Dave Wills, ACCG’s Executive Director. “The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help county officials expand their skillset, equipping them to address the challenges they face and to take advantage of opportunities to improve their respective communities. I commend leaders such as Commissioner Satterfield, who understand the value of continuing their education, taking the initiative to engage in the Lifelong Learning Academy, which is truly a program of excellence.”
The Lifelong Learning Academy was created with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the issues and decision-making challenges regularly faced by county officials. To ensure the course requirements and curriculum remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – comprised of county commissioners and staff from both ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia – meet regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has been successful in equipping county officials with the necessary skills to meet the needs of their constituents.
“I have been in city and county government for 43 years. When I was elected in November 2018, I wanted to better understand my role as a Commissioner, in regards to policies and procedures, as quickly as possible so I could better serve the citizens of Dawson County,” Satterfield said. “By completing the Lifelong Learning Academy in six months, I not only learned a great deal, but I also had the opportunity to network with other county officials.”
ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, go to www.accg.org.