Georgia County Commissioners Advocate for County Priorities at the White House
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Washington – Burke County Commissioners Lucious Abrams, Terri Lodge Kelly and Evans Martin joined more than 100 Georgia county
leaders at the White House for a day of meetings with key administration
officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Senator David Perdue.
County commissioners heard from federal departments and agencies,
including the Small Business Administration, Energy, Transportation, Health and
Human Services, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development. They
discussed how federal policies impact Georgia counties and residents. Topics
included the opioid epidemic, workforce housing, infrastructure, natural
disaster preparations, health care reform along with the latest developments at
Plant Vogtle and the Georgia Ports expansion.
Martin stated that they heard from John Sneed from the Department of
Energy. He emphasized how important
completion of the expansion of Plant Vogtle is to Georgia and to the
nation. He encouraged Georgia
Commissioners to support completion of this vital project. He added, “I was impressed with how important
Vogtle is to the Department of Energy”.
Prior to the
White House meeting, county leaders and ACCG (Georgia’s County Association) participated
in a federal policy briefing at the National Association of Counties. The group
discussed tax reform, the federal budget, infrastructure, economic development
and other legislative activity on Capitol Hill. The group also enjoyed an open
house held at the USDA headquarters
commissioners were the ninth group of county officials to attend such an event.
County leaders from Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri,
Nevada and West Virginia were invited to the White House earlier this year.
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