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Oden reappointed as ACCG transportation committee head
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Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden was recently reappointed as the Chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Economic Development and Transportation Policy Committee for the third year. 

The Economic Development and Transportation Committee covers issues ranging from transportation infrastructure and funding and the relationship between the Georgia Department of Transportation and counties to job creation, incentives for industry and other issues.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of this committee and to work on legislative issues that have a direct impact on our community,” said Oden.

Oden will lead the Economic Development and Transportation Policy Committee with Ben Hill County Commissioner Scott Downing (vice chairman) and Butts County Commissioner Genous “Gator” Hodges (2nd vice chairman).

The appointment was made by ACCG President and Taylor County Commissioner Clinton Perry.

“Policy committee leaders serve an essential function by leading their peers in the discussion of critical issues facing Georgia counties,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “These committees provide a forum for learning more about key policy issues, and our chairs and vice chairs are responsible for helping to lead the discussion and develop consensus.”

Legislative advocacy and public policy development are two of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia counties. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the County Platform. ACCG policy staff use the County Platform to lobby on behalf of counties during the legislative session.

In addition to legislative advocacy, ACCG also provides leadership development programs, civic and community engagement programs and membership services such as retirement and insurance programs and discounts for counties and county employees. For more information, visit