Wayne County representatives attend Georgia Chamber 2017 Eggs & Issues

Local legislators and business leaders from Wayne County attended Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues Breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center on January 10, 2017.  The sellout crowd of over 2,300 Georgians from across the state, gathered to kick-off the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly by hearing from our state’s foremost policy makers. 

The 2017 Georgia Chamber Chairman, Bill Linginfelter focused on “Georgia 2030”, the Chamber’s strategic plan to meet the next decade’s challenges. According to Linginfelter, his priority for the year ahead would be, “to continue to work with our elected leaders to protect the positive, pro-business reputation of Georgia.”

Welcoming the sellout crowd, Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark described his vision for 2017. Clark cited early engagement in the 2018 election cycle, protecting and improving Georgia’s legal environment, and using the GeorgiaLeads program to strengthen Georgia’s workforce, as a few of his top priorities. Furthermore, Clark unveiled plans to expand the Chamber’s footprint in rural Georgia and take their strategic plan statewide with the newly chartered “Authentic Georgia” initiative.  The Georgia Chamber will open a regional office in Tifton, Georgia in 2017,” Clark announced Tuesday.
U.S Senator David Perdue gave a video address elaborating on new opportunities to advance pro-business policies in our nation’s capital. Perdue told guests, “There is a sense of urgency in Washington to get things done and I’m excited to get to work.”

The Georgia Chamber was also honored to welcome Governor Nathan Deal to Eggs & Issues and hear his plans for the 2017 legislative session. Under Governor Deal’s leadership, “Georgia” has become synonymous with job growth and economic prosperity, and his priorities for the upcoming year look to continue our state’s successes. In their addresses, both Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston pledged to continue keeping Georgia open for business while addressing needs for education reform and transportation investment, respectively.

Wayne County Chamber of Commerce had nearly a dozen guests attend the annual breakfast event. “We thoroughly enjoyed listening to our state Chamber executives and legislator’s visions for the State of Georgia,” said Christy Carter, Executive Director for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an exciting time for our State and the Chamber industry and we were honored to attend this important legislative event.”

The event would not be possible without the support and organization of local Chambers like the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.  Representing Wayne County were: State Senator Blake Tillery, State Representative Chad Nimmer, State Representative Bill Werkheiser, Clay Bethea (General Manager of Rayonier Advanced Materials), Charlie Hood (Sr. Vice President Public Affairs & Communications of Rayonier Advanced Materials), Kelly Shanklin (Office Manager of Rayonier Advanced Materials), Christy Carter (Executive Director of Wayne County Chamber of Commerce), Steven Meeks (Owner of Nine Run Farms), Bryan Griffis (Commercial Producer of The Michael Long Agency), Kim Sumner (General Manager of Domtar Personal Care) and Dell Keith (Executive Director of the Wayne County Industrial Development Authority).