Auburn University to host Alabama County Government Institute June 6-7

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University will host the 43rd annual Alabama County Government Institute June 6-7 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The institute will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Thursday and will conclude by noon on Friday.

County commissioners and other county officials will gather for talks and discussions based on the theme “Staying Ahead of the Game: Innovations for Increasing County Revenue.” They will explore ways a county can enhance its revenue environment, be positioned for economic development and growth and effectively build for the future. The goal is to provide timely fiscal solutions for those engaged in all levels of Alabama government.

“Creating and sustaining growth in Alabama’s communities benefits all of the residents of Alabama,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services. “This institute provides information designed to support communities and governments as they generate revenue and resources, laying a foundation for Alabama’s future.”

Dr. Don Williamson, state health officer and director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, will give Thursday’s keynote luncheon address on the topic of “Medicaid Transformation.” Paul Beddoe, associate legislative director of health for the National Association of County Commissions, will speak Thursday on “National Legislation 2013 and its Effect on Local Government.” James Barth, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University, will speak Friday on “Sequestration and other Global Economic Issues Affecting Local Communities.” Among the topics that will be addressed by other speakers are rural development, job creation and the Marketplace Fairness Act.

For registration and additional information, call (334) 844-4782 or go to the conference website at http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/algti/43rdInstitute.html.

The Center for Governmental Services is a division of University Outreach. It represents Auburn University’s commitment to excellence in state and local government and non-profit organizations. Since 1976, the center has provided technical assistance, training and survey and policy research to meet the changing needs of Alabama governments and public officials.

The center’s mission is to improve and transform governance through innovation, research, technical assistance and training. Through partnerships with Alabama governments, the center strives to improve the lives of Alabama citizens by promoting the improvement of management and operation of government at every level.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, Center for Governmental Services, (334) 844-4781 (vealdon@auburn.edu), or Charles Martin, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (marticd@auburn.edu)