American innovator Henry Ford, founder of The Ford Motor Company, once said, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."
As the Authority celebrates 20 years of success, through partnership with and service to Georgia's Superior Court clerks, the words of Henry Ford could not ring more true. The success we celebrate today was made possible by the efforts of clerks over two decades ago and their understanding that "moving forward together" was their only means to success. This belief, along with a common goal, pushed them to galvanize and fight for the creation of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority.
From the beginning and rooted to its core, innovation, collaboration and vision have defined the Authority. Innovators change things. They take new ideas and, working together, turn them into realities. But as the Authority and clerks of Superior Court have shown, innovation requires commitment, leadership, taking risks, and having a vision of what the future should be. In the words of Forsyth County Superior Court Clerk Greg G. Allen: "To think that a group of seasoned clerks of this generation, in an elected position, whose duties were codified over two hundred years ago, not only understood the radical change the world was experiencing but were able to see the future and harness technology to the advantage of the citizens of Georgia is nothing short of amazing."
For 20 years, Superior Court clerks and Authority staff have worked together to create the amazing success story we know today ... or in the words of Authority Chairman Barry Wilkes, "a paradigm for how government can and ought to work." From the beginning, the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority has been an innovator within the public records arena and has led our state to the forefront of court technology. Using a mix of old-fashioned cooperation and state-of-the-art technology, the GSCCCA has turned ideas that most thought were not possible into realities, and in so doing, has changed the way many do business and made life easier for those accessing real estate records, financing statements, civil and criminal case data, and other legal documents.
Today, the Authority is well known for its record of success, and closes FY 2015 with another strong performance. But the road has not been easy. There have been roadblocks and struggles through the years, including legislative battles and technological challenges, but the clerks' collective dedication to the cause, along with steady and progressive leadership, have allowed clerks to move forward together and the Authority to flourish.
Click here to read more in our 2014-2015 Accomplishments & Year-end Report.
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