ACC-mail :: What's New with the Unified Government

ACC-mail :: January 30, 2017

What's New with the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County

ACC-mail is an occasional, brief email newsletter about the Unified Government's events, services, and activities. It is produced by the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office. Although ACC-mail has been dormant for some time, it seemed like a perfect time to relaunch this regular briefing with a new year, a new website, and so many new initiatives all taking place recently.

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Envision Athens :: Focus on the Future Community Workshops

AnchorEnvision Athens Community Workshops This Week

Envision Athens is a community-wide effort to develop a common vision for the future of the Athens-Clarke County community. This vision will guide community and economic development for the next 20 years. The Unified Government is one of the convening partners in the initiative.

Five interactive workshops take place during Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 for the community to come together to focus on the future. Each workshop has the same format and activities. Participants are encouraged to select the meeting most convenient for them. Childcare and Spanish language translation is available at some of the workshops. Come take part in shaping our community's future!

For more information on the workshops – including dates, times, and locations – visit

Manager's Snapshot

AnchorManager's Snapshot

In December, the Manager's Office launched Snapshot, a monthly update of some of the activities of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County. 

Snapshot is organized by "strategic commitments" that the Mayor and Commission have developed to communicate what citizens should expect from their local government.

To download the most recent Snapshot from January 17, read past versions, or sign up for email or text notifications when a new Snapshot is released, visit

Mayor & Commission Meeting Time Changes

AnchorMayor & Commission Meetings Moved to 6:00 p.m.

For the remainder of 2017, the Mayor & Commission has changed meeting times for both their Regular Voting Session and Agenda Setting Session meetings.

The meeting times for these two meetings have changed to 6:00 p.m. from the previous times of 7:00 p.m.

The Regular Voting Session is usually held on the first Tuesday of each month. The non-voting Agenda Setting Session is usually held on the third Tuesday of each month and sets the agenda for the next month's voting meeting. Both meetings are held in the Commission Chambers in City Hall at 301 College Avenue. They are televised live on ACTV (Charter Cable Channel 180 / University Cablevision 6.1) and streamed live and available on-demand at

For more information about the meetings, visit

Ryan Hope Named New Municipal Court Judge

AnchorRyan Hope Named New Municipal Court Judge

Ryan Hope was appointed as the Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court Judge and Administrative Hearing Officer by the Mayor and Commission on Tuesday, January 17. He begins his position in the Municipal Court on Monday, February 6.

Since 2007, Hope has served as the Chief Assistant Solicitor of Athens-Clarke County. Prior to his work in the Solicitor's Office, Hope worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the University of Georgia Legal Aid Clinic and the Western Circuit Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2007. Hope has also served as a team member for the Athens-Clarke County DUI/Drug Court, the Athens-Clarke County Treatment and Accountability Court, and the Western Circuit Veteran's Court. He has also assisted in training new Athens-Clarke County police officers in the investigation of domestic violence crimes.

The Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County is the busiest court in Athens-Clarke County. Each year, the court handles approximately 35,000 cases.

To read more about Hope and the Municipal Court, visit Refreshed

In November 2016, the official Unified Government website - - received a major "refresh" for the first time since 2010.

While the content and information largely remained the same (although it was also streamlined, updated, and edited in many cases), the Public Information Office drastically changed the look and feel of the website.

We added areas to allow for more visual components such as buttons and photos, provided easier ways for citizens to get to information from the front page, streamlined some areas, and improved the navigation. Additionally, the site was designed to be more responsive on mobile and tablet devices.

If you haven't been to the website in a while and seen the changes, check it out - we hope you like it. You can visit the site at  

ACC-mail is an occasional, brief e-mail newsletter providing information about the events, services, and activities of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.

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