President Burton Carter requests each member to “zero in” on a prospective member by asking for their attendance at our next monthly meeting. We all can do better, including myself, by looking around during our walks, business, bike riding or whatever moves us. There are several new residents moving into our area soon, ask.
This week our noon speaker will be Major General Thomas M. Carden, Jr., Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense another important visitor. Invite a friend, relative or associate to come to hear General Carden’s perspective on his oversight duties of all Georgia Defense agencies.
Next week Monday, Al Jacobson leads our club in asking friends relatives, and associates to give a pint of life-saving blood. We lead all peer agencies in the number of monthly donations given in Georgia and U.S. Keep it flowing!
Next week Thursday, before speaker Georgia State Representative James Burchett speaks at our 12:30 p.m. luncheon, our club’s Agricultural Fair Association will meet at their 11:00 a.m. Board Meeting followed by our Exchange Club Board Meeting at 11:30 a.m.
A Veterans Forum is set for Wednesday, October 2 at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium. Take all of your paperwork with you. Our newest member is Mickey Mullis, Vita Mart. Also, Vicke Gillis, Administrative Assistant Ware County District Attorney’s Office is a new member.
President Burton Carter received a letter from the American Red Cross thanking our club for our annual donation of $500 for annual monthly Blood Drive support. President Carter encouraged members to give the “gift of life”. Next drive is September 23 in our building.
KEITH STONE SECRETARY OF STATE SOUTH OFFICE MANAGER
Jimmy Brown, September Programs Chairman introduced Keith Stone, Office Manager for South Georgia Office, Secretary of State. Mr. Stone is located at the Tifton Office. He is the father of two girls and is available always to give the information needed from five divisions in the state office. Corporations
- work is usually helping set up meetings with business owners and the government.
He helps research regulations that may affect a prospective new business. He helps bankers in good standing and attorneys. The Professional License
- – division-work involves 160 types of licenses that affect lives from birth to death. He reviews the applicant’s work and turns it over to the board. The Securities Division
- – work deals with firms selling securities. The office primarily deals with promoting education and certifying the information from local government. Elections Division
- – He checks ballots and their language before the election occurs. Also, checks for election fraud in state elections. New voting pilot machines will be used which provides paper backup. They will have early voting and Saturday voting. The Charities Division
- requires charities to register at the state and requires explanations of prospective donors. George Barnhill reminded members political parties control elections and to watch out for scams on their telephone offers of fake winnings!
Thanks, Jimmy for the information.
MICHELLE SHAW GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Jimmy Brown, Programs Chairman for September, introduced Michelle Shaw, Georgia Department of Economic Development to give an overview of the department and activities that impact Ware County. She lives in Tifton and has served the State for 14 years. She added that because of her Regional responsibilities she spends most of her time in her car.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development could be considered the Sales and Marketing unit for the State itself. There are five divisions in the department:
- Global Commerce
- Film, Music, etc.
- International Trade.
She is in the Division of Global Commerce and Assistant Director for Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment. The impact of these projects is noted by the creation of 29,000 jobs and an investment of $7.5 billion.
Her territory is Region 11, comprised of 18 Counties surrounding Tift County and largest region in the State. The Region is responsible for 10-12% of total State projects and 4% of the jobs being developed. The area is designated as rural development and uses rural strategies for business and jobs. Ninety-five percent of rural development is of the “mom and pop” variety, small with 20-30 jobs per project. Occasionally, there is the project such as SK Industries of Korea which brings an impact of $1.7 billion and 2,000 jobs to manufacture new innovations in batteries. She explained that 75% of businesses are developed outside of Atlanta.
Georgia is still Number 1 place for doing business according to several trade publications. The state must attract business by being aware of the trends in their project:
- large businesses are using their own professional site selectors for development
- workforce challenges must be overcome
- growth industry sites must be ready for international businesses
- the size is normally 50-60 jobs
- automation is overcoming the workforce challenge
- infrastructure must be such to allow speed to market opportunities.
In the Q & A portion of the program, she was asked about what Ware County could do to attract Global Commerce and she responded that we already have Jana Dyke is one contact spokes person to give the positive environment for economic development here. Congratulations Jana Dyke on your new certification!
Thank you, Ken Carroll, again, for taking newsletter notes. This time for the Michelle Shaw and Connie Barefield speaker meetings.