Leadership Dodge Attends Session on State Government | Business
On February 12 and 13, 2013, Leadership Dodge traveled to Atlanta to learn about the economic development process in Georgia. Jim O’Bryan, Manager, Retail Development with Georgia EMC hosted the group at the Cynergy Center, where Charlie Mosley, Project Manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), discussed how economic development projects flow through the state. As the marketing arm of Georgia, GDEcD aims to attract new businesses to Georgia, support the expansion of existing businesses, locate new markets for goods produced in Georgia, and to make Georgia the number one state in which to do business. Bruce Green, Division Director, Tourism Product Development with GDEcD, invigorated the session with a rousing presentation how to make the most of Dodge County’s tourism assets, including the old Jail, Fallen Star Ranch, and downtown development.
A visit to Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, completed the day. Quick Start provides employee training for companies creating new jobs in Georgia free of charge, and has trained almost one million Georgia workers since 1967. Locally, Quick Start has provided Alcoa, Dynamic Paint Solutions, and Graphic Packaging with training.
On Friday, Leadership Dodge visited the Capital where they toured the exhibits, the House and Senate floor, and pounded the gravel. The participants attended the morning House session and were recognized from House floor by Representative Pruett.
Next, participants met with several key legislators and cabinet members. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State, Senator John Crosby, Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Doug Everett and Georgia Dept. of Transportation head, Todd Long all gave brief summaries of their work and its impact on Dodge County as well as Georgia.
Representative Pruett concluded the session with a round table discussion focusing on the pertinent issues facing Dodge County, as well as important impending legislation.
Leadership Dodge 2013 thanks Phil Bearden, Representative Jimmy Pruett, Casey Pruett, and Staff, Georgia EMC, Ocmulgee EMC, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Senator Dick Crosby, Commissioner Doug Everett, Todd Long, and Pam Griffin for making this trip possible.