44th Annual Alabama County Government Institute

Strategies for Creating Lasting County Wealth

June 26-27, 2014
The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center




The Institute is hosted by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University and will be held at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center on June 26-27, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama. This year's event brings together Alabama county commissioners and other county officials to explore ways for the Alabama county to enhance its revenue environment, position the county for economic development and growth, and effectively build for the future. The Institute begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and will conclude by 12:00 p.m. on Friday.




Thursday, June 26, 2014

8:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Dr. Don-Terry Veal - Director, Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University
Dr. Royrickers Cook - Assistant Vice President for University Outreach, Auburn University
Commissioner Debbie Wood - 2013-2014 President of the ACCA, County Commissioner, Chambers County

9:00 a.m.

National Legislation 2014, and Its Effect on Alabama Local Government
Mike Belarmino - NACo Associate Legislative Director for Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs
Biographical information >>

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Alabama Legislative Action 2014, and Its Effect on Alabama Local Government
Sonny Brasfield - Executive Director ACCA

11:30 a.m.

Economic Opportunities for Local Government

Secretary Greg Canfield - Alabama Department of Commerce
Biographical information >>

1:00 p.m.

Hot Topics in the Health Care Arena
Danne J. Howard - Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Emergency Preparedness, Alabama Hospital Association

1:45 p.m.

Minding the Mission of the American Red Cross
Mary Littleton - Executive Director, American Red Cross East Alabama Chapter
Biographical information >>

2:15 a.m.


2:30 p.m.

Compensation for Crime Victims in Your County
Teresa Jones - Deputy Director Alabama Crime Victims' Compensation Commission

3:00 p.m.

Report from the Alabama Department of Revenue
Joe Garrett - Deputy Co-Commissioner of Revenue

3:45 p.m.

Other Postemployment Benefits - Where Are We Now?
Roger Rendleman - Administrator Lee County Commission

4:30 p.m.


4:45 p.m.

Institute Reception
Participants, and their guests are cordially invited to the 44th Annual Institute Reception in the Terrace Room. Expect to enjoy good food and excellent conversation combined with opportunities to network with colleagues.


Friday, June 27, 2014

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

County Financial Planning and Governmental Relations
Judge Tim Russell - Baldwin County Probate Office

9:15 a.m.

The Central Educational Center Model
Mark Whitlock - CEO Central Education Center

10:00 a.m.

Break - Please join us for a group picture

10:30 a.m.

Report from Alabama Department of Transportation
John Cooper - Director ALDOT

11:15 a.m.

Panel on Collaboration and Regionalism
Commissioner Roger Creekmore - Colbert County
Chairman Mark Culver - Houston County Commission
Commissioner Debbie Wood - 2013-2014 President of the ACCA, County Commissioner, Chambers County
Danny McWilliams - Colbert County Extension Coordinator

12:00 noon

Conference Summary/Evaluation and Adjournment





Location: Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center (AUHCC), 241 South College Street, Auburn, Alabama.

Hotel Reservations: Individuals will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements. Make your reservations by calling (800) 228-2876 and referencing Local Government Institute.

Luncheon: The registration fee includes a continental breakfast both days as well as a luncheon on Thursday, June 26th. If you will be bringing a guest to the luncheon, please be sure to contact the Center for Governmental Services at (334) 844-4782. Additional meal tickets may be purchased for $25.00 each.

Reception: All registrants are invited to the Institute Reception on June 26th at 4:45 p.m. in Ballroom A. Additional tickets for the reception may be purchased for $25.00 each.

Reports and Presentation Handouts:
NaCo Policy Research Paper Series: The Road Ahead
NaCo Trends Analysis Paper Issue: County Tracker
NaCo Policy Brief: Water of the United States
The Payment in Lieu of Texas (PILT) Program




The registration fee of $195 includes the institute and associated materials, continental breakfast, group luncheon and reception. Travel, lodging and other meals are the responsibilities of individual participants. Click here to register online with a credit card.

Cancellation Policy: Provided that space is available, receipt of the registration form constitutes registration. Written cancellations, received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with a full refund of the registration fee. Due to commitments to instructors and meeting facilities, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time.




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Auburn University
2236 Haley Center
Auburn, Alabama 36849-5225

PHONE: (334) 844-4782
FAX: (334) 844-1919




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