TCSA E-News: August 11, 2023

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Gov. Lee Calls for Special Session on Public Safety

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the special session proclamation and presented the administration’s legislative and budget priorities that will go before the Tennessee General Assembly during the special session on public safety, convening August 21.

“As our nation faces evolving public safety threats, Tennessee remains vigilant and is taking continued action to protect communities while preserving the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “In the months leading up to the public safety special session, we have listened to Tennesseans and worked with members of the General Assembly to identify thoughtful, practical measures to strengthen public safety across our state, including steps to support law enforcement, address mental health, prevent violent crime and stop human trafficking. I thank the General Assembly for its continued partnership and look forward to achieving meaningful results for Tennesseans.”

Read the Entire Special Call from the Governor Here

Register Now for ACM's Annual Conference

There is still time to register for The Association of County Mayors (ACM) annual conference that will be held August 29 - 31, 2023, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. To view a draft agenda of the conference, please click here. If you're interested in the conference or have more questions, please contact Tanya Todd for more information. Otherwise, you can register by clicking the link below! 
Click Here to Register for ACM's 2023 Annual Conference

TCHOA , TCSA + Affiliates Present 'Infrastructure Champion' Award to Key Legislative Leaders

The Tennessee County Highway Officials Association (TCHOA), Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA), Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA), and the Association of County Mayors (ACM) recently presented TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley, TN Representative Dan Howell, and TN Senator Becky Massey with the 'Infrastructure Champion' Award, in recognition of their duty to public service. These three individuals worked diligently to make sure the Transportation Modernization Act (TMA) of 2023 was passed by the General Assembly with language, funding, and programs to serve both state and local roadways and infrastructure throughout the state.

This historic piece of legislation awarded $300 million to counties across the state in an unprecedented move to update, expand, and modernize county highways that will better serve Tennesseans.

TCSA recently caught up with TCHOA Director Brett Howell to discuss the significance of the 'Infrastructure Champion' award, as well as how the Transportation Modernization Act of 2023 can fundamentally transform Tennessee's infrastructure as we currently know it.

TCSA: What brought about the idea for such a unique award to Chairwoman Massey, Commissioner Eley, and Representative Howell? 

Brett Howell (BH): From time to time, the county associations have...

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'All the Way' is the Only Approach Mary Jo McGuire Knows

Mary Jo McGuire doesn’t just watch the snow fall in Minnesota. She’s waxing her cross-country skis, eager to get out there. If there’s a bike ride, her helmet is on. She brings the water when it’s time to hike in the desert.

That attitude — to make the most of her opportunities — has driven her throughout her life. When she found her home as a Ramsey County, Minn. commissioner, she didn’t want to waste the chance.

“When I’m involved in an organization, I care about what happens with it and I like to be a part of the decision-making,” she said. “When I joined student government in college, I wanted to be making decisions and making an impact, and I feel the same way about NACo.”

Click Here To Meet NACo's Newest President

Training Opportunity for County Commissioners

Budgeting from Beginning to End


Join CTAS County Government Consultants Heather Duncan and Ben Rodgers on August 14 and 15, 2023, for a special training opportunity covering the entire budgeting process from beginning to end! You will learn everything you need to know to plan, develop, monitor, and amend your county budget -- all while earning 4 credits (2 credits each day) toward county commissioner training as required under T.C.A. § 5-5-113.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. You will be asked to sign in at the training to receive your credit. Snacks will be provided.

Click Here for More Information

TCSA's Third Thursday Webinar
Opioid Abatement Council Webinar 

August 17, 2024: TCSA + Opioid Abatement Council will meet on August 17th, at 1:30 PM CDT to discuss the updates on Opioid Settlement Funds.

In our August webinar, TCSA will hear from representatives of the Opioid Abatement Council with important updates on their activities. This will include instructions about semiannual reporting requirements for counties and upcoming 3-year funding projections. The meeting will be held over zoom and you can find the link for that here or in the button below. 

Click Here to Join the Webinar on Thursday, August 17

Reminder for the TCSA Fall 2023 Conference and Trade Show Registration

Tennessee County Services Associations (TCSA) has set the dates and location for the annual Fall 2023 Conference and Trade Show. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in Chattanooga on October 18-20th. Major highlights include adopting the Legislative Platform, Board elections, and county vendor services, as well as good exhibits. 

We are still working on finalizing the agenda for the conference and trade show with various breakout sessions, general session speakers, and other educational opportunities at the conference. We hope to have  the agenda of the various events available for everyone over the coming weeks.

To register for the conference, please click hereWe look forward to seeing you at the Fall Annual Conference and Trade Show. 

Register for TCSA's Annual Fall Conference Here

County Success Story Nominations

At this year's Fall Conference & Trade Show, TCSA plans to recognize counties who have demonstrated excellence in governance, innovation in problem solving, and best practices for delivering services.

To be considered for a County Success Story award, the project or achievement should demonstrate:
an innovative solution to a problem
• a sustained pattern of excellence in governance
• a best practice that increased efficiency in the delivery of county services or resulted in significant savings to taxpayers
• a new approach or the use of new technology to deliver services
• improved cooperation or coordination between county offices or local governments that resulted in enhanced delivery of services.

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