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Leadership Southeast Georgia Studies Economic Development With State Officials

Leadership Southeast Georgia Studies Economic Development With State Officials

(RICHMOND HILL / MIDWAY, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) members received a thorough grounding in economic development during the group’s fourth session, which took place in Bryan and Liberty Counties.

LSEGA Class of 2019

LSEGA Class of 2019

“We’re closing in on graduation for the LSEGA Class of 2019, and this was one of our most intense, informative sessions of the entire program,” said Lee Beckmann, chairman of the group. “We talked with everyone from state and local officials to real estate developers about the factors that drive a decision to locate or grow in our area.”

The session began in Richmond Hill with greetings from Assistant City Manager Scott Allison; City Councilwoman Tara Baraniak; and Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger.

From there, the group visited the Daniel Defense manufacturing facility in Black Creek, GA, where they heard from owner, Marty Daniel, about how the company wound up in the newest location of Daniel Defense and how the building is designed for future growth. Daniel was joined by Sean Register, vice chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County, and Alyce Thornhill, now of the Georgia Lottery and previously with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, who focused on the factors associated with attracting businesses to build in the community.

Other highlights included:

  • Lunch with Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher, who discussed the relationship between the school district and growth in the housing market.
  • A meeting with Joel Smoker, CEO of YMCA of Coastal Georgia, to discuss the nonprofit perspective of economic development and the realities of poverty statistics in the region.
  • An overview of joint development efforts by officials from Bryan, Effingham, Bulloch and Chatham Counties including Anna Chafin, Benjy Thompson, Jessica Hood and regional economic development representatives from Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Jason Coley and Mary-Kathryn Griffin respectively.
  • A discussion of the history of Richmond Hill and impact of tourism in Bryan County followed by a bus tour of the Ford Plantation.
  • A discussion on the impact of the film industry in coastal Georgia led by Brynn Grant of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.

The group began its second day hearing from Leah Poole, CEO of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and CVB, and Jennifer Darsey of the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Morning sessions included Bill Cunningham of Raydient Places + Properties and Scott Allison from the city of Richmond Hill, who focused on public/private partnerships and their role in economic development, as well as, Ron Tolley, CEO of the Liberty County Development Authority, who led a case study on industrial park planning.

Other officials joined the group mid-morning to discuss economic development and public policy. On hand were Chris Nunn, Department of Community Affairs Commissioner; State Rep. Ron Stephens, chair of the Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee; Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah; along with Stacy Watson, director of economic and industrial development for the Georgia Ports Authority.

The 2019 LSEGA program sponsors include Evans General Contractors, Gulfstream Aerospace, Advanced Door Systems, The Sack Company, Georgia Power, Georgia Southern University, the Savannah Airport Commission, LS3P Associates, FirstPage Marketing, Sterling Seacrest Partners, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Thomas & Hutton, HunterMaclean, Hussey Gay Bell, Abshire Public Relations, Coastal Electric Cooperative, AT&T, The Waters Foundation, P.C. Simonton & Associates, Marchese Construction, Cecilia Russo Marketing and Carriage Trade Public Relations.

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about critical issues such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/

Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Students Give The Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy Two Thumbs Up

Students Give The Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy Two Thumbs Up

Another exciting and powerful journey begins for members of the Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy. 60 students from Chatham, Liberty, Bryan, and Effingham Counties recently began the 2018- 2019 session.

Dawn's Daughter 2018

Dawn’s Daughter 2018-2019

The young ladies met at Savannah Christian Preparatory School from June 11th through June 15th. During that week, twenty- three experts from Chatham and Bulloch Counties put on interactive workshops that focused on leadership, financial management, self-esteem and character building, public speaking, goal setting, time management, SAT prep, tips to overcome bullying, and more.

Students have been on cloud nine as they talk about their experiences at the academy. On an anonymous survey, students responded: “Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy will give you endless strength in the days when you feel alone, powerless, or helpless. I fondly remember all of the wonderful people who crossed my path. In this wild, random journey of life, I have found the strength to forge my destiny.” “Nothing can be better than this. It was an amazing experience!”

They are excited about continuing the yearlong academy. So is the founder and executive director Dawn Baker. “I cannot even begin to express how overjoyed I am that the young ladies are not only attending the academy, but they are looking forward to it and getting so much out of the experience. In a time when it appears as if young people are only interested in pop culture, electronics and social media, it is refreshing to see that these tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders want to learn about character building and lessons that will help them become successful in their schools and communities now and well into the future.”

The mission of Dawn’s Daughter, Ltd. is to empower girls and women, of all backgrounds and abilities, to set high goals and make positive life choices that will enable them to maximize their full potential.

Dawn’s Daughter, Ltd. envisions a world where young women will have clear paths and opportunities for finding their voices and learning the skills necessary to achieve their goals. Young women will increasingly take their places in leadership roles across the world, unafraid and unintimidated to make decisions, no matter where they are, that will improve the quality of life for everyone. We are developing the next generation of leaders.

Dawn’s Daughter, Ltd. Is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization. You can help us fulfill our goal, by making a donation to:  Dawn’s Daughter, Ltd. P.O. Box 6501, Savannah, GA 31414

Dawn’s Daughter, Ltd. is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization, whose main goal is to provide unique, life-changing programs, activities and experiences which will enhance the development of girls and young women, and inspire them to pursue excellence; become independent, confident, responsible decision makers; be ethical leaders; and become successful in their communities and beyond. We hope to ultimately create a culture that will change the lives of the next generation of women. We believe that by empowering women, we empower families. Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dawnsdaughterltd/ or at http://dawnsdaughter.com 

Dawn Baker
Twitter: wtocdawnbaker
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