ORANGE COUNTY — The Institute for County Government (ICG) presented Okeechobee County Commissioner Kelly Owens with the Advanced County Commissioner Level I (ACC I) designation following the completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Foundation. Commissioner Owens received the designation along with eight other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida.
Upon receiving this designation, Commissioner Owens noted, “If there was ever a time to delve deep into a leadership program that challenges County Commissioners to assert skillful leadership in times of daunting challenges and rapid change, the year of ’the pandemic’ was the one to do so.”
Launched in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner Level I (ACC I) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. Since the inception of the program, a total of 267 commissioners have received the ACC I designation.
“This program is voluntary, and the willingness to participate reflects the participants’ dedication to constant improvement and service to their constituents,” said Institute for County Government Executive Director, Eric Poole. “These veteran commissioners come from across the state to confront Florida’s greatest challenges, and the program’s structure allows them to collaborate with their peers and devise effective strategies for the betterment of their local communities.”
The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 total hours of course work. Participating commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension has sponsored this program for the last thirteen years in Alachua County. For more information about the ACC program and other educational courses, visit the FCF website at https://flicg.org/.