For Immediate Release

May 4, 2022

 Contact: Schuyler Harding, Director

ACCG Communications

O: (404) 589-7808, C: (404) 780-1954

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded Rockdale County Commissioner Post 2, Doreen Williams, with a certificate for successfully completing the Economic and Community Development specialty track requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.

Commissioner Williams was honored during the 2022 ACCG Annual Conference at the Savannah Convention Center.

ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have collaborated for more than two decades to provide county officials with supplemental training and educational tools in the Lifelong Learning Academy. With abundant courses to choose from, every county official has a tailor-made learning experience that allows them to excel in specific areas of expertise.

“County officials are faced with many challenges and ever-evolving circumstances under which they must govern Georgia’s local communities,” said Dave Wills, ACCG’s Executive Director. “The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help them navigate those challenges. I commend county leaders who take full advantage of educational opportunities to further their knowledge on how to better serve their communities.”

The Lifelong Learning Academy was created with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the issues and decision-making challenges regularly faced by county officials. To ensure the course requirements and curriculum remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – comprised of county commissioners and staff from both ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia – meet regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has been successful in equipping county officials with the necessary skills to meet the needs of their constituents.

“Lifelong learning has always been important to me,” Commissioner Doreen Williams said, “ACCG has offered phenomenal classes designed to gather information on how to be the most effective county commissioner possible. The information obtained in the Economic and Community Development certification will help advance ongoing and future partnerships with local businesses, Chamber of Commerce, City of Conyers and area nonprofits in order to promote a thriving community.”


ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.  Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties.  For more information, go to