Lodging: GMA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place for $115 a night plus, $10 a night for parking and taxes and fees. To make reservations https://athensdowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=g-gma1 or contact the hotel directly at 1-888-492-8847 or 706-425-1800 then press “1” Please use group code The group rate code is G-GMA1”. Reservations Must be made by Sept. 1, 2021.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Check-in 11:00-12: p.m.
12 p.m. -12:30
Welcome & Introduction
Session: Opening Luncheon Speaker Jason Spears
Time: 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Session: Open Government & Social Media Essentials for Public Officials
Clare Norins, Professor Clinical Professor and Director of the First Amendment Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law
Jonathan Peters, Media Law Professor at the University of Georgia
Break 2:15 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Session: Creating an Inclusive Climate
Presenter: Freddie Broome, GMA Equity and Inclusion Director
Session: Facebook for Government Advanced
Presenter: Adán Chávez, Facebook for Politics and Government Outreach
Session: Sponsor Presentations
6-8 p.m. Dine-Around Athens
8:00-9:30 p.m. Dessert Reception, Hyatt Hotel
Friday, October 8, 2021
Breakfast in the hotel
8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Session: Resilience and Self Care for Government Communicators
Health Promotion Services Field Representative, Local Government Risk Management Services
Session: Building the Case for Resourceful and Effective Communications Teams
Ashley Copeland, Communications Manager
City of Newnan
Valerie L. Fuller, Communications Administrator,
Clayton County Board of Commissioners
Break 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Time 10:15 a.m.-11:00
Strategic Communication Planning
Presenter: Jorge Diez, Georgia Strategy Group
Session: Dispelling Rumors and Myths
Presenter: Jessica Corbitt, Fulton County
Lunch: Table Discussions
Session: Rapid Fire Talks
Kelli Bennett (It’s Worth A Shot Campaign)
Ashlyn Johnson Next Gen Valdosta
Ashley Copeland –Citizen Academies
Jeff Montgomery--Pop Up Meetings vehicles
Renae Madison--Planning During a Crisis
Session: On Camera Tips
Russell J. Brown, Communications Manager, Forsyth County
Wrap-up and adjourn