Abilene Convention Center | Taylor County October 5-8
Message from the President
The saying, “Abilene – A Whole Lotta Texas Goin’ On!” will never be truer than this coming Oct. 5-8 as the 98th Annual County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas Conference will be coming to the Abilene Convention Center. This year’s conference will be an excellent opportunity for Judges and Commissioners to earn their required continuing education units while sharing information with elected officials from across the state. This will be the first time Abilene has had the privilege to host this conference, and to use the term “putting on the dog” will be an understatement.
The facility will be set up to allow social distancing and is large enough for our vendors in the Exhibit Hall to display the latest and greatest items to help county officials do our jobs better. A special event for our spouses is scheduled in downtown Abilene.
So, please accept this invitation to come to Abilene for our Annual State Conference where you will learn from our expert speakers, enjoy great food, relax, and experience genuine hospitality.
Taylor County Commissioner
Commissioners Court members from across the Lone Star State will convene in Taylor County Oct. 5-8 for the 98th Annual State Conference.
Along with completing mandated education coursework, county officials will have the opportunity to safely network with peers and exhibitors, enjoy social activities, and discuss common issues facing counties during this unique time.
The State Association officers and conference support staff will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and state and local governments on the Coronavirus. Related measures will be in place to ensure the safest environment possible.
The County Judges Education Advisory Committee has approved four hours of judicial education credit for the Tuesday afternoon Judicial Education Session.
Pending approval, County Commissioners will be offered 17 hours of education credit, all of which apply to the Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum Program. Those completing this prestigious education program will be awarded special certificates at the Installation Banquet on Wednesday. Photos will be taken and made available to send to local media, along with a personalized press release.
The educational co-sponsor for this conference is the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Abilene Convention Center
1100 North 6th St.
Registration and Lodging
To register for this conference, please go to https://www.county.org/Calendar-of-Events/2020/98th-Annual-CJCA. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with information on hotel registration and related group codes.
The conference registration fees are listed below; these fees include tickets to all events including the spouses’ program:
- Member – County is a member of the CJCAT
Early Registration: $225. After Sept. 14: $250
- Non-County Government/Corporate
Early Registration: $500. After Sept. 14: $550
- Additional luncheon tickets (non-spouse)
Registration must be completed by Sept. 29. If registering after Sept. 29, please register onsite at the Abilene Convention Center.
Registration cancellations must be in writing (fax acceptable) at least 72 hours prior to the conference to receive a refund, minus a $10 processing fee. For more information, please contact the TAC Education Department at 800-456-5974 or email Rachel Kucera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, OCT. 5
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Exhibitor Setup
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Commissioners Education Committee Meeting
1-5:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
1-6 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open/Dedicated Time with Exhibitors
1-4:30 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
2-5 p.m. Standing Committee Meetings
- Resolutions Committee
- Nominations Committee
- Site Selection Committee
4:30-6 p.m. President’s Party and Exhibitor Appreciation Night
Evening Free Night
TUESDAY, OCT. 6
7:30 a.m. Welcome Breakfast
7:30-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
7:30-5 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
8-8:20 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
8:20-9:10 a.m. 4.016 Leadership/Team Building
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Spouses’ Event
9:10-9:55 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
9:55-10:45 a.m. 3.013 Working with the Legislature
10:45–11:35 a.m. 3.003 Lawmaking
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch with the Exhibitors
11:35 a.m.–1 p.m. Past Presidents’ Luncheon (by invitation only)
JUDICIAL EDUCATION SESSION
1-5:15 p.m. Classes TBD
1-1:50 p.m. 3.016 County Road Panel
1:50-2:40 p.m. 3.018 Environmental Issues Roundtable Discussion
2:40-3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:10-4 p.m. 3.019 Subdivision Regulations
4-4:50 p.m. 4.024 Redistricting
6-9 p.m. Host Court Night
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7
7:30 a.m. Tournament Day Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:30-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk
8-8:50 a.m. 3.005 Justice System: Indigent Defense
8:50-9:40 a.m. 4.012 Personnel: County Retirement
9:40-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
ASSOCIATION BUSINESS MEETING
10:30-11 a.m. Business Meeting
- General Counsel’s Report
- Financial Report
- Committee Reports
- Site Selection
11 a.m. Luncheon Banquet and Installation of Officers
- Past President’s Scholarship Presentation
- Presentation of Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum Certificates
- Installation of Officers
1-5 p.m. Domino Tournament
1-5 p.m. Bobby Smith Memorial Golf Tournament
ADVANCED CURRICULUM EDUCATION SESSION
1-1:50 p.m. 2.001 County Judge
1:50-2:40 p.m. 2.013 County Health Officer
2:40-2:55 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:55-3:45 p.m. 2.014 Extension Service
3:45-4:35 p.m. 2.018 District Judge
Evening Free Night
THURSDAY, OCT. 8
7-7:45 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
7:30-8 a.m. Morning Coffee
7:30-11:30 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION CONFERENCE
8-8:50 a.m. 4.009 Financial Accounting Basics
8:50-9:40 a.m. 4.006 Fees and Revenue
9:40-10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:10-11 a.m. 4.018 Emergency Management: Local Powers
11-11:50 a.m. 4.023 Grantseeking: CARES Act & County Road Repair Grants
*The Conference Agenda is subject to change.