In 2019, Fulton County completed its first five-year Strategic Plan, and began the development of the 2021-2025 plan. However, the outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in a global pandemic, interfered with the County’s efforts to adopt the new Strategic Plan and a decision was made to postpone development of the plan to focus on the pandemic response.
This allowed the County to rapidly begin rethinking service models, ramp up COVID-19 testing, make improvements to facilities to meet health and safety guidelines, improve IT infrastructure, implement a remote workforce, modify human service programs, and create a stock pile of personal protective equipment for the community. This attention on COVID-19 allowed the County to focus all efforts to meet the immediate needs of the community and manage all resources to address the needs of our citizens.
With a response plan in place, it’s now time for the County to finalize the next five year strategic plan. The Board of Commissioners developed six Strategic Priority Areas for the second strategic plan, which outlines our commitment to Justice and Safety, Health and Human Services, Arts and Libraries, Infrastructure and Economic Development, Open and Responsible Government, and Regional Leadership. With these specific priority areas as our guiding focus areas, the staff has developed objectives to drive impact within each Strategic Priority Area and goals to measure the success of our approach.
ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION PROCESS HAS OPENED & ADVANCED VOTING HOURS & LOCATIONS The 2022 Absentee Ballot Application process opened for Fulton County residents on Monday, August 22, 2022 for the November 8 General Primary Election. Absentee ballots provide the option to residents who need or prefer to vote by mail instead of in-person. Changes in state law in 2021 have brought many changes to the absentee ballot process. To assist with the absentee ballot application process, the Fulton Absentee Portal is open as of Monday, August 22. Those interested in an absentee ballot for the 2022 Election can go to www.fultoncountyga.gov/absenteeballot or to https://bit.ly/3dQGaXK to 1) request an application, 2) download an application, and 3) return the completed application by accessing the Fulton County Absentee Ballot portal. To vote by absentee ballot in Fulton County, residents must first be registered to vote in Fulton County. To check your status, visit the Georgia My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
SIGN UP TO BECOME A FULTON COUNTY POLL WORKER
Answer the call: Fulton County is recruiting poll workers for the upcoming elections. Advanced Voting begins October 17 and ends November 4, 2022. Fulton County Elections staff are conducting recruiting fairs, so check for events in your community. Visit: fultoncountyga.gov/elections for more information.
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ARTS & CULTURE UPDATES
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved to award $2.3 million in funding to Arts nonprofits through the Department of Arts and Culture. Funding awards ranging from $2,500 to $42,000 will be available through the Contracts for Services program to provide essential funding support for 190 non-profit organizations, public entities, and individual artists. The contracted services include programs, events and activities proposed to occur between January 1 and December 31, 2022. To view a complete list of artists and partners and for more information, please visit www.fultonarts.org or call 404-612-5780.
Fulton County Arts & Culture is accepting resumes for part-time instructors & musicians to deliver arts education, S.T.E.A.M., Aerospace & more! Learn more at fultonarts.org
Fulton County Arts & Culture fall class registration is now open! Sign up to be part of fun, free classes such as piano, quilting, dance and more, beginning September 13. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at fcacevents.org
SENIOR SERVICES HOSTING VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES
Fulton County Department of Senior Services will host three virtual open house events. The series will inform seniors, caregivers and community partners about grand-funded programs and will provide additional details about the overall benefits of the services and how to access them. All meetings are held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, September 22 http://ow.ly/ubEh50Ko8Ll
Thursday, October 20 http://ow.ly/Ht2i50Ko8Li
BOARD OF HEALTH NURSING ADMINISTRATION JOB FAIR
Fulton County Board of Health, the nursing administration is expanding its team! Come join a growing organization, helping to promote health education and well-being.
Wednesday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John Wesley Ave., College Park, 30337
Any further questions should be directed to Elanda.Trice@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-613-8865
Monkeypox is spreading throughout the country, and Fulton County Board of Health is working hard to vaccinate those most at risk of catching the virus despite extremely limited doses. Thankfully there are things you can do to help prevent the spread of monkeypox, even if you can’t get vaccinated.
Get the facts about monkeypox & schedule a vaccine appointment at: https://fultoncountyga.gov/monkeypoxoutbreak
FULTON COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES TO HOST THE GEORGIA SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (SFMNP)
The Fulton County Department of Senior Services in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission will host the Georgia Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Upcoming market sites will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
• September 14, 2022- Harriett G. Darnell Multipurpose Facility, 677 Fairburn Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30331
• September 15, 2022 – Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30312
For more information, and to register, please contact the Senior Services STARline at 404-613-6000 or Kendra Clayton, Program Coordinator at 470-878-7322 or via e-mail at Kendra.Clayton@fultoncountyga.gov. Or visit: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/news/2022/08/08/fulton-county-senior-services-to-host-the-georgia-senior-farmers-market-nutrition-program
RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
With support from ACE | Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, the Fulton County Recovery Loan Program is relaunching to be more accessible to qualified business owners with businesses located in Fulton County. This reboot will provide the opportunity to serve more Fulton County business owners just like YOU! Learn more and apply at http://ow.ly/AQbO50K8Kkc.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY!
Fulton County’s Clerk of Superior & Magistrate Courts
Cathelene “Tina” Robinson
Real Estate Activity Alert and Contact Tool
For more details: https://apps.fultonclerk.org/reaact
FULTON COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!
Everyone experiences a crisis at some point in their life. We are just looking to offer help when needed. If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis related to mental health, drug or alcohol abuse, or developmental disabilities, please reach out to our call center at 1-800-715-4225
EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR FULTON RESIDENTS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA
Fulton County residents living outside the City of Atlanta who are in need of Emergency Rental Assistance may learn more about eligibility and submit their application online or call 855-776-7912 to speak to a live agent.
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For assistance contact:
Jennifer Freeman, Special Assistant to the Chairman
Chairman Robb Pitts’ Office
Fulton County Board of Commissioners
O: 404.612.8273, M: 404.747.0677
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