Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners Honors Assistant Attorney April Ross in Final Meeting of the Year

Every attendee stood to their feet after Fulton County Assistant Attorney April Ross thanked the Board of Commissioners for presenting her with a proclamation in the last board meeting of the year.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners recognized Ross, an Assistant Attorney for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, for her volunteer work with victims of gun and domestic violence.  

In 2014, Attorney Ross’ life was drastically changed after being ambushed and shot multiple times by her estranged husband. Ross’ miraculous recovery has allowed her to volunteer at the Shepherd Center and work with other victims of gun violence.  She shares her story of survival with the victims she helps in an effort to truly make a difference in their daily lives.

Attorney Ross returned to work in November and has been moving full steam ahead. She is currently assigned to the trial unit with a specific focus on domestic violence cases.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fulton County HIV Task Force Hosts Listening Sessions Tonight, Tomorrow

The Fulton HIV/AIDS Task Force today announced two additional community listening sessions this week to gather more input from persons directly impacted by HIV/AIDS and from a broad range of stakeholders working in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  This week’s listening sessions seek more ideas on how to implement the Phase One objectives of the Task Force’s plan.  Phase Two of the plan is set to be released on June 27, 2016 in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day.

Last week, the Task Force released its initial report “Our Time is Now: The Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County.”  The 50-page report includes more than 60 objectives in the areas of prevention and care; social determinants of health; health data and evaluation and healthcare policy, all in an effort to spur a more coordinated community response. 

December 2015 HIV Task Force Community Listening Sessions are as Follows:

Monday, December, 14, 2015
Who:               Fulton County HIV/AIDS Task Force
What:              Community Listening Session
When:             6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:            AID Atlanta
                        1605 Peachtree Street NE
                        Atlanta, GA  30309
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Who:             Fulton County HIV/AIDS Task Force
What:              Community Listening Session
When:             6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where:           St. Luke Lutheran Church
                       3264 Northside Parkway
                       Atlanta, GA  30327

The Task Force was established by a December 2014 resolution of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness provides confidential HIV testing by appointment or walk-in at the Aldredge Health Center, 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta 30303.   For more information on HIV testing call 404-613-1538.  For information on HIV primary care services, contact the Ryan White Clinic at the Aldredge Health Center at 404-613-1430.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fulton County Announces Launch of “FulCoPub”

The Office of the Clerk of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the county’s Information Technology Department announce the launch of the new Fulton County Public Access website.  The FulCoPub site serves as a web-based document repository to aid constituents and other users as they attempt to access historical archive data on Board of Commissioners’ resolutions and other documents dating back more than 4 decades. 

The new FulCoPub site simplifies access to Commission documents and allows greater interactive capabilities to users of the Internet Explorer browser, but most web browsers may also be used.  FulCoPub will allow users to have more efficient document searches, directing them faster to the information they seek.  Among the new functions helping searchers is a full interactive instruction manual to better direct them to the data they seek. 

Once users access the site, they will find a wealth of information at their disposal.  Once a search is done for a specific item or term, the data returned will include links to files and context of where keywords appear in relevant County Commission meeting documents. 

During live BOC meeting broadcasts, users will be able to watch a live video stream of the meeting including supporting documents regarding the current agenda item.  FulCoPub contains most Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ records dating back to 1972.  Future plans include publishing the entire BOC Record dating back to 1880. 

FulCoPub is created by SIRE Technologies, a subsidiary of Hyland Software Inc., and replaces the DocDepot system first implemented in 2004.  In its first year, that site had more than 5 thousand unique page views.  In 2014, those unique page views exceeded 3 million.  FulCoPub can be accessed via the following web address:


Friday, December 4, 2015

Fulton County Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Board to Meet Thursday, December 10

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System – Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Board (FCWPES-WIOA) will meet Thursday, December 10, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Adamsville Career Center located within the Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia.

The FCWPES-WIOA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

WIOA helps Georgia move toward a comprehensive, customer-focused workforce investment system where Job Seeker and Employer customers alike can access a wide range of workforce-related tools and information needed to manage their work activities. Services are provided through a network of One-Stop Centers statewide.

Through the WIOA, unemployed and underemployed adults, young people, dislocated workers and displaced homemakers can “Jump Start Their Future” by obtaining career training, skill upgrades or retraining in new careers after losing employment resulting from business closings or downsizing. Additionally, WIOA allows businesses to provide leadership and information towards re-training and skills upgrades and works to ensure that Workforce Development prepares residents for current and future jobs.

For more information, call the Housing and Community Development Department, Workforce Development Division at 404-613-6381.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Housing and Community Development Department at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

White House and My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County Task Force to Celebrate Computer Science Education Week

Chairman Eaves, Commissioner Garner and the Fulton County Aging and Youth Services Department join the White House in exposing kids to Computer Science

WHAT: The Community Town Hall will provide a forum for K-12 students who are interested in Computer Science to “Listen and Share” and “Meet and Greet” local industry professionals and college students in celebration of Computer Science Education Week

WHO: Commission Chairman John H. Eaves, PhD District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner Fulton County Aging and Youth Department Office of Children and Youth Marvin Carr, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Quincy Brown, National Science Foundation Bryant Marks, Director, Morehouse Research Institute and an array of other local leaders

WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Spelman College, Science Center NASA Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

WHY: To raise student awareness of the array of opportunities available in the field of Computer Science

MEDIA: Opportunities for interviews with Chairman Eaves, Commissioner Garner, and participating youth

VISUALS: Interactions between K-12 students, White House representatives, local officials, and industry representatives

CONTACT: Felecia Church 404-612-5570 or 404-713-5995

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Housing and Community Development Department at 404-613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.