Fourth Session of Leadership Southeast Georgia 2022

The professional development and leadership program participants focused on the effects of infrastructure, nonprofit organizations and poverty.
By: Cecilia Russo Maketing
SAVANNAH, Ga. - June 13, 2022 - PRLog -- Leadership Southeast Georgia, a professional development and leadership program throughout 10 coastal counties, continued its 2022 programming in Bryan and Effingham counties. LSEGA is a five-month course of ongoing personal and professional growth to build connections and learn collaboration skills that empower the participants to improve the region. The session four agenda focused on how infrastructure lures organizations to Southeast Georgia, the nonprofit perspective of economic development, and the realities of poverty statistics. Program Managers, Jessica Hood, Vice President, Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and Justin Farquhar, Vice President, Development Authority of Bryan County, developed and lead the session.

"A modern and highly-functional infrastructure is essential to bring businesses to the region," said LSEGA Board Chair Jared Downs. "Understanding how to achieve and maintain that is vitally important for growth in Southeast Georgia. We learned a lot about how to continue to expand economic opportunity here."

Class members also reviewed how non-profit organizations see and promote economic development, as well as the effects of poverty in the area. In all LSEGA sessions, participants examine leadership styles and best practices in the organizations they meet with and visit. During this session, there was a specific emphasis on tips and strategies to improve business writing.

The first day began with a trip to Effingham College & Career Academy. Craig Lesser, managing partner at The Pendleton Group, presented an "Overview of Economic Development," explaining how various authorities work together for the betterment of the region. The LSEGA class then participated in an immersive exercise, examining the site selection factors that impact a company's decision to locate in the region.

Next, the group briefly toured the Georgia International Trade Center in Rincon before stopping at QuickStart Advanced Manufacturing Center in Pooler. A lunchtime labor panel, "Regional Workforce Outlook and Initiatives," was held, followed by a tour of QuickStart. Next, a visit to Caesarstone in Midway included a tour and remarks from General Manager Yossi Binyamin on why the business chose to relocate to the region.

Day two began early with a discussion of the I-16 Joint Development Authority and other infrastructure projects of regional significance. This was followed by a business writing workshop and a presentation on non-traditional economic development. Before adjourning, participants received an update on the recent Bryan County tornado from Freddy Howell of Bryan County Emergency Services.

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