AMERICUS, Ga- A wide-ranging plan designed to empower the southern Georgia economy kicks off this summer– and Sumter County is at the forefront.
Sumter County is among 21 counties in the southern Georgia area that will partake in the South GeorgiaLEADS Program. The effort is the combined work of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. The effort is designed to help meet economic growth needs where gaps exist in the south Georgia region.
Counties that participate in the program get fresh ideas about growing and keeping skilled workers and planning for future growth.
“This program really looks specifically at what those skills are that regional leaders will need. It’s great to have local leadership, certainly, but you have to understand that bigger picture of the region,” says Mary Beth Bass, Executive Director of the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc. “The task will be for our participants in the regional program is to take what you learn and those networks back to your communities, and let’s strengthen your community and south Georgia.”
This first south Georgia class hopes to have two participants from each of the 21 counties involved. Anyone in the public or private sector may apply.
Sumter County is taking applications through Thursday of this week. For more information, visit the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce website.