2021 Georgia Government Communicators Conference

2021 Georgia Government Communicators Conference
The 6th Annual Georgia Government Communicators Conference will be October 7-8 at the Hyatt Place Athens in Athens, GA., 412 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601. The Georgia Municipal Association in collaboration with the ACCG will host a conference for city, county and state communications professionals.  Once confirmed, a detailed itinerary will be available. The conference is slated to begin on Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. and end at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8.
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.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Check-in 11:00-12: p.m.

12 p.m. -12:30

Welcome & Introduction


Time: 12:30-1:15

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 

7-8:30 a.m.

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

9:15-10 a.m.

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

11-11:45 a.m.      

Session: Dispelling Rumors and Myths       

Presenter: Jessica Corbitt, Fulton County

11:45-12:30 p.m.  

Lunch: Table Discussions


Time: 12:30-1:45

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




10/7/2021 12:00 PM - 10/8/2021 2:00 PM
412 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601 UNITED STATES
Event Contact
Ms. Aileen L. Harris - Phone: (678) 686-6293



Thursday, 30 September 2021

9/30/2021 - 12/31/2021

Thursday, 07 October 2021

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