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know spring has sprung by the beauty evident outside my office window. I can hear the birds chirping and the sun shines longer and longer each day. With the change of the seasons, I know that summer is just around the corner and with summer comes conference season. Tat’s right. Te day is near for meetings, continued education and fellow- ship with our county brothers and sisters from around the state and the nation. Te first conference on the calendar is the annual conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and this year our neighboring state of Texas is the destination. Te NACo conference will be held July 19-22 in Tarrant County at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Tis conference will provide county officials with an opportunity to vote on NACo’s policies related to federal legislation and regulation, elect officers, learn about innovative county programs, and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors. Tis year’s educational session will cover a wide scope of issues


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pertaining to county government. Te themes this year are: Healthy Counties, Smart Justice, County Resiliency, Leader- ship & Management, Cyber for Counties, Green Government, Counties Work and Jobs & the Economy. I am excited about the national conference this year because with its cutting-edge educational themes and the close proximity of the destination chosen I am just sure that Arkansas county government will be represented well. Te next month, however, is one of my favorite times of the


year — the Association of Arkansas Counties Annual Confer- ence. Tis year is a little extra special as we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the association’s creation. Tis year the conference will be held from Aug. 21-23 in Garland County at the Hot Springs Visitor and Convention Center where we will


have our meetings, catfish dinner, and our traditional dinner and dance. Tis year’s theme is “Taking Coun- ties to the Winner’s Circle,” a derby day themed dance in light of our host county’s première tourist destination. Along with the meetings and events is the Randy Kemp Memorial Golf Tournament that will be held Tues- day, Aug. 20 with a shotgun start. Te fee is $75 and all proceeds go to benefit the Randy Kemp Memorial Scholarship fund. Cart, green fees, lunch, range balls, and beverages are included in the fee. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams in each flight. Tese two conferences will be here faster than we know it so


President’s Perspective


Hon. Mike Jacobs AAC Board President; Johnson County Judge


let’s all make sure that we register and make our hotel reserva- tions as soon as possible. Te AAC has sent out a mailer to elected officials about the annual conference. A registration form may also be found in between the pages 36 and 37 of this edition. Registration is also available online at www.arcounties. org. Information for the annual NACo conference and registra- tion can be found at the NACo website www.naco.org.


Te Honorable Mike Jacobs Johnson County Judge / AAC Board President ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOLSNAPSHOTS


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located at the southeast corner of the State Capitol grounds. In 1983, the General Assembly pro- posed the monument and it was dedicated in 1987. The granite wall contains the names of more than 400 Arkansans killed or mortally wounded in the Vietnam conflict. For more information on the State Capitol go to www.sos.arkansas. gov.


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