8 Annual Regional Meetings Set For State's County Commissioners This September
Sitting across a table with your local legislative counterpart from another county for a couple of hours is one of the perks of an annual round of regional meetings planned for this fall by the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA). The organization has been holding the series of sit-downs for nearly three decades to give county commissioners an opportunity to talk with their colleagues about issues of interest. The meetings are all scheduled for September 2019 and are intended to give officials a chance to talk about possible legislation for the next state General Assembly. Best practices are also a huge part of the meeting, giving county officials firsthand examples of what nearby counties might be doing to address certain issues of concern. County commissioners who attend their respective regional meeting will be given two hours of credit towards their annual seven-hour required training.
All of the regional meetings are formatted the same, with the doors opening for registration at 5:30 p.m. local time. The meal will begin at approximately 6 p.m., and the meeting soon thereafter. The meeting is expected to wrap up by 8:30 p.m. The locations of the regional meetings are intended to make attendance convenient to counties located nearby. However, if you are not able to attend the meeting closest to you, please make plans to attend another of the meetings.
The peer-to-peer networking experience provided by the regional meetings are scheduled ahead of the Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA) 66th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Oct. 29-31 in Knox County. At that conference TCCA members, as well as county mayors and county highway officials, come together to set their legislative priorities and pass their legislative platform.
More than 1,600 county legislative body members serve Tennessee counties, and 600-700 traditionally attend these regional meetings, according to TCCA Executive Director Charles Curtiss. Making sure there is adequate space and food available at each meeting requires some preplanning, so he asks commissioners to notify his office of their plans by simply calling or emailing the TCCA office with the total number from your county planning to attend a specific meeting location. Specifically, Curtiss is asking county commissioners to do three things in preparation:
• Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 532-3767 with the total number planning to attend from your county
• Make sure every member of your county legislative body knows about the regional meetings, especially the one closest to you
• Invite state and federal office holders to attend at least one of the regional meetings so they can hear firsthand the issues most pressing for counties
All of the regional meetings are formatted the same, with the doors opening for registration at 5:30 p.m. local time. The meal will begin at approximately 6 p.m., and training soon thereafter. The meeting is expected to wrap up by 8:30 p.m. The locations of the regional meetings are intended to make attendance convenient to counties located nearby. However, if you are not able to attend the meeting closest to you, please make plans to attend another of the meetings.
TCCA Regional Meetings Set For This Fall 2019
September 3: Henry Horton State Park conference center (behind restaurant), 4209 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034 (Marshall County)
September 5: DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards, 600 Lance Dr., Baxter, TN 38544 (Putnam County)
September 9: Elks Lodge, 235 2nd St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (Bradley County)
September 12: The Catfish House, 3424 Tom Austin Hwy., Springfield, TN 37172 (Robertson County)
September 19: Henry County Fairgrounds, 517 Royal Oaks Dr., Paris, TN 38242 (Henry County)
September 24: East Tennessee Historical Society & Museum, 601 Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902 (Knox County)
September 26: Visitor’s Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 (Washington County)
September 30: West Tennessee Ag Center, 605 Airways Blvd., Jackson, TN 38301 (Madison County)