Conference Events

Not One, But Two Keynote Speakers! Opening General Session Moved to Friday

Opening General Session & Luncheon

Friday, April 29

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

That’s right. This year’s conference boasts not one, but two keynote speakers to deliver tidbits and leadership strategies to Georgia’s county officials. The first speaker, Dr. Kevin Elko, will speak to Annual Conference attendees during the opening general session on Friday, April 29 at 11:15 a.m. Yes, there has been a change. The opening general session will take place on Friday instead of the usual Saturday, so be sure to arrive at the conference on time!

Dr. Elko is recognized as the “head coach” for some of the winningest collegiate and professional football teams. Elko’s strategies have also led a number of the nation’s most notable companies – Tyson Foods, ING, and Merrill Lynch to name a few – to success. Join your county colleagues during the opening general session to learn his strategies on shaping a winning culture to make your county shine!

Business Meeting Luncheon & Conference Keynote

Saturday, April 30

11: 30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

We all strive to achieve the perfect work-life balance, but have you ever thought that it’s OK to be off balance? Understanding that it’s unrealistic to achieve such perfection, world-renowned Hall of Fame keynote speaker Dan Thurmon has made it acceptable to be off balance on purpose. He will serve as the conference’s second and final keynote speaker.

As the title of his book and popular keynote presentation suggests, off balance on purpose will teach commissioners to let go of the notion of being perfectly balanced while making an ongoing effort to infuse “life” in the workplace. Thurmon will grace Georgia’s county officials on Saturday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. during the awards luncheon. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this dynamic and entertaining speaker. Furthermore, join other conference attendees as we honor the recipients of the annual ACCG Awards & Recognition Program for their efforts in making their counties shine.

Fellowship and Networking with Your County Colleagues

Dinner and Dancing with the Stars…Including the Newest Stars in the Lifelong Learning Academy!

Saturday, April 30

Chatham Ballroom

6 p.m.

Take in the shimmering lights of beautiful downtown Savannah as you enjoy some of the traditional conference favorites including the oyster roast, a taste of Savannah and a fun evening with the return of the River Town Band! Shine as you showcase your “dancing (and singing) with the stars” potential! Join our newest class in the Lifelong Learning Academy during their time to shine as they’ll be recognized for completing core and specialty track requirements! Sponsored by Yancey Bros. Co.

Reception at Franklin Square

Sunday, May 1

Note: Offsite Event at Franklin Square

5 p.m.

Join us as we enjoy an evening reception at Franklin Square located in City Market. Franklin Square is located on the west side of City Market and is surrounded by the liveliest areas of downtown Savannah. Designed in 1790 in honor of Benjamin Franklin who served as an agent for Georgia in London, the square is now adorned by the Haitian Monument which pays tribute to the Haitian soldiers who fought for American Independence during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Conference attendees are invited to take in the ambiance of the “Hostess City of the South” while enjoying the final evening of the 2016 Annual Conference.