Whitfield County Honored with Georgia Excellence Award

Whitfield County, Ga – Whitfield County has been recognized with a 2024 Georgia County Excellence Award for its Conasauga Community Addiction Recovery Center. Hosted jointly by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and Georgia Trend magazine, the awards program honors innovative county and cost-effective programs that meet the needs of their citizens while enhancing their quality of life. Whitfield County (WC) is one of six 2024 County Excellence Award recipients.

“Each year the Georgia County Excellence Awards program recognizes innovative county programs that meet the specific needs of residents,” said Executive Director Dave Wills. “We are grateful to our partner, Georgia Trend, for their continued collaboration in honoring counties for their resourcefulness and efficiency.”   

In 2022, Georgia allocated funds from the National Opioid Litigation to local governments. In a strategic move to utilize these funds effectively, the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners opted to refurbish an existing county facility to establish the Conasauga Community Addiction Recovery Center (CCARC). The cost-free addiction treatment program bridges the gap between the community and efforts to host an addiction-free society. The center aims to inspire hope by delivering health and well-being techniques to substance abusers, their families, and their friends. Since its launch in 2023, the program has assisted 58 clients in their path to recovery without imposing any costs on the local taxpayer. Learn more about this award-winning project in the upcoming June issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

“On behalf of our entire team, it was a true honor to accept this award with our partner Murray County,” said WC Chairman Jevin Jensen. “This innovative use of our Opioid Litigation funds delivers real results to those struggling with addiction, and their family and friends. I am so proud of our staff for launching the recovery center so quickly.”


  ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.  Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties.  For more information, go to www.accg.org.