May 4, 2017 | Spotlight

County leaders hone skills in Institute-led training at ACCG conference

County leaders hone skills in Institute-led training at ACCG conference

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Nearly 700 county commissioners and other officials attended the ACCG 2017 Annual Conference, which featured professional development courses delivered by more than a dozen Institute of Government faculty members.

Training sessions covered topics ranging from workforce development to collaborating with schools and other public agencies. The Institute partners with ACCG to provide training and certification courses for county officials through the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy and other continuing education programs.

The courses gave county leaders the opportunity to gain credit hours in the Lifelong Learning Academy. County officials who successfully complete 66 hours of training earn certification. In addition, the academy offers in-depth training in specialty areas such as economic development and intergovernmental relations; 48 hours of additional training is required to achieve specialty certification. County leaders must successfully complete 18 hours of continuing education each year to maintain core and specialty certifications.

The conference, held April 28 to May 1 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, also featured training courses for county clerks led by Institute instructors.

The conference’s keynote address was delivered by motivational speaker Keni Thomas, a recording artist and former U.S. Army Ranger. Thomas spoke on leadership development, drawing on examples from his experiences in the Battle of Mogadishu, the mission in Somalia that inspired the film “Black Hawk Down.”