Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales received the Certificate of Achievement from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in Savannah. The Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for city officials. To receive a Certificate of Achievement, a city official must complete a minimum of 72 units of credit, including at least 36 hours from a list of required classes. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.
The Blue Ridge Mountain EMC continues to be encouraged by the comments of new TVA CEO Jeffery Lyash who recently indicated he would be recommending no rate increase for 2019 and 2020. These initiatives still require TVA Board approval but the situation does look promising. In other action the TVA Joint Cost study has directed some changes in the allocation of costs associated with electricity delivery and broadband delivery. While not changing the overall financial performance of BRM EMC it will reallocate costs on a fairer basis.