The 2016 Leadership Coffee class celebrated the completion of the program during a graduation at the Chamber Power Lunch this past Monday. State Representative Dominic LaRiccia was also in attendance and reported that Georgia is in good fiscal shape.
Leadership Coffee is a seven month project in which individuals commit themselves to become “better leaders in Coffee County by seeing key aspects of community development first-hand.” The program is geared toward community and economic development and leading the community.
The course was compromised with business and government leaders and was designed to educate them in the workings of economic development.
The participants in the course spent the last several months traveling to Atlanta to meet with state economic development partners, visiting with industries in the community, participating in leadership workshops, and attending seminars with multiple guest speakers.
“This group has tightly bonded and they have learned a lot. We had a lot of young and motivated professionals in this group,” Executive Director of the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority Andrea Taylor stated.
This year’s participants included: Dr. James Banks, Coffee County Board of
Education; Daniel Warren, South Georgia State College; Ben Floyd, Coffee Regional Medical Center; Blondeen Baggett, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College; Gabby Munoz, Telamon; Ronnie Myers, Premium Peanut; Ashley Rowland, Premium Peanut; Jeffrey Ingram, City of Douglas; Logan Evans, Coffee County Board of Education; Jarrod Spivey, Colony Bank; Marsha Kirkland, Douglas National Bank; Lindsey Dorminey, First National Bank of Coffee County; John James Jr., Wal-Mart Transportation; Amanda Taylor, Zaxby’s; Carol Jackson, City of Douglas; Kimberly Morgan, Still Waters Outreach; Vette Stern, Coffee Middle School; Deborah Carver, Coffee Regional Medical Center; and Mackenzie Bennett from the Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce.
After the graduation, Representative Dominc LaRiccia informed the crowd that Governor Nathan Deal met with the legislators last week and reported that once again, “Georgia is the best state in the nation to do business with.”
LaRiccia said, “All of what Georgia is doing with our budget and how we appropriate the money is tremendous. I wont go in detail, but we compared Georgia to seven other states in the southeast and the closest one that even measures up with what Georgia is doing is North Carolina.
“The governor has instructed all of the agencies in their upcoming budget request to hold line and asking them not to have any additions to this upcoming budget unless absolutely necessary. The reason we are about to do things like this with the budget is because of people like you. We hope to take the additional revenue that comes in this week and invest in back into economic development opportunities to use it to go into rural communities in particular that desperately needs those jobs and technical colleges.”