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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