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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

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

Savannah SCORE Offers Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Win $10K to Launch Their New Business

(SAVANNAH, GA) Got an idea for a unique exciting new product or service? Then consider the new “BizPitch Savannah™” entrepreneurial competition, a kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank.” It’s a chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the potential to win $2500 in cash and a package of professional start-up business services worth an estimated $7,500.

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by the Savannah SCORE

BizPitch Savannah™, presented by Savannah SCORE

This can either be a new start up or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah-Chatham business license after March 1, 2017. You must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through midnight, Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.

Eight finalists will be announced on Aug. 10, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges at the “BizPitch Savannah™” event on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Creative Coast, 2222 Bull St.

The five judges are Jesse Cole, entrepreneur and owner, The Savannah Bananas; Jen Bonnett, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authorityand executive director of The Creative Coast; Susan Speros, founder and president of Speros Business Technology Solutions; Sheree Darien, community development loan officer, Small Business Assistance Corporation; and a certified Savannah SCOREBusiness Mentor.

Three winners will receive the cash and services.

Competition rules and application forms are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com.

BizPitch Savannah™” is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sponsorships and donations for the event include those from:

Savannah Economic Development Authority
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media
ArcMedia Group
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Bouhan Falligant
Kenkel Design
Wells Fargo – The Private Bank
City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
The Creative Coast
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Ad Specialty Services

For more info please contact Savannah SCOREat bizpitchsavannah@gmail.com.