Get Involved with TCSA
As an elected county official, there is a lot to learn when you became engaged in the different affairs of your position. The Tennessee County Services Association is an organization designed to help you become the best elected official you can be. There are many opportunities for experienced and newly elected officials to become involved and learn more about county government. TCSA offers training opportunities for our members, informative conferences, and a newly launched website that gives detailed information about county government in Tennessee. Here are the top six ways you can get more involved in your association:
1. Read the Tennessee County News and Capitol Update
The Tennessee County News is TCSA’s bi-monthly newspaper mailed to all county officials, all members of the General Assembly, the Tennessee congressional delegation, and the governor and his cabinet. Tennessee County News is the voice of Tennessee’s 95 counties and reaches more than 4,000 readers. As soon as the latest issue hits the press, a copy of the publication will be made available on the TCSA website. TCSA keeps members informed of legislation affecting counties, innovative programs initiated by counties, summaries of state Attorney General Opinions, and announcements through the Tennessee County News publication.
Capitol Update is a regular update sent to all of our members about bills that are being tracked and monitored for the week, and any advancement made on legislation concerning our members. TCSA’s Capitol Update is sent electronically to your registered email address and also in print to your permanent address. Staying apprised of these issues and communicating your views on them to your legislative delegation is one of the most important ways you can get involved in your association.
2. Join a Committee
Decisions are made by the people that join and attend the committee meetings. The different committees of TCSA include: legislative committee, transportation steering committee, corrections steering committee, education steering committee, outreach committee and membership development committees. If you are interested in becoming involved in one of TCSA’s committees, contact a TCSA representative to officially join as a member. Refer to the “Organizational Structure” section of the TCSA Handbook for more details on each committee.
3. Visit with Your Legislator
It is important for all county elected officials to form a relationship with the different legislators of Tennessee. The best way for association members to be heard is to establish relationships with legislators in Tennessee. Before a crisis arises, make sure you take time to connect with your legislators in your county. When important issues arise during legislative session, they are going to listen to the elected officials that they already have a relationship with.
4. Attend a Conference
One of the most productive ways to get involved with TCSA is to attend one of our conferences. Visit the Events menu above for specific meetings. These events are a great opportunity to network with your counterparts from across the state and also an opportunity to further your education as an elected official by attending general sessions, workshops, breakout sessions, committees and the association’s business meeting. As always, we encourage you to visit the TCSA website often for more information on different conferences.
5. Run for a Position on the TCSA Board or an Affiliate Board
One of the best ways to get involved in TCSA is to offer to serve in a position on the TCSA board or a steering committee or on one of the boards of an affiliate association. The governing boards are elected at the annual fall conference. The affiliates hold nominating committee meetings at that event prior to making recommendations to the full membership for new officers.
6. Visit TCSA’s Website Frequently
A primary resource for TCSA is its website. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways of getting useful information and resources out to county officials. We post links to news items when we hear of issues of interest to county officials. We maintain a calendar of our conferences and events, but also of educational opportunities offered by other organizations.