ATLANTA, GA – GeorgiaForward kicks off its second annual Young Gamechangers program on Thursday, January 9 convening 35 of the state’s most promising young leaders in Dublin, Laurens County, with the goal of revisioning the area as a vibrant 21st century community.
“In fulfilling our mission to promote smart policies, thoughtful leadership and deeper civic engagement throughout Georgia, I’m excited to announce the second year of Young Gamechangers,” says Howard Franklin, Executive Director of GeorgiaForward. “Our participants’ careers span arts & culture, business, finance, education, non-profit, government, law, urban planning and economic development. They have plenty to offer both Georgia and Dublin, Laurens County. We’re excited to be in a community on the precipice of monumental changes, and that offers challenges that can be creatively solved by the state’s next generation of leaders.”
“As a participant in last year’s inaugural program, I had an opportunity to see what worked well and where there are areas for improvement,” states Kris Hattaway, Director of Place for NewTown Macon. “I was happy to be asked back in a leadership role as Director of the Young Gamechangers. I’m excited to be working with these 35 energetic and talented individuals to make this year’s program a rousing success!”
Meghan Duke currently serves as Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA). She develops, and implements internal and external communications for the Industrial Authority, building community awareness and interest through web, print and social media. She is involved in a number of organizations including the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Easter Seals Southern Georgia, Valdosta Junior Service League and the Valdosta North Rotary Club. She holds a Mass Media Arts degree from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication degree at the University of Georgia.
“A wonderful way to engage and learn is to give back so Young Gamechangers is a great fit for me,” says Duke. “I am a big idea person and it’s in groups like this that you need those. Other people will ground me, but I hope to bring lots of good ideas.”
Sponsors for this year’s Young Gamechangers program include the Georgia Municipal Association, the City of Dublin, Laurens County Board of Commissioners, Dublin Downtown Development Authority, Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council, Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority and Alterra Networks.
GeorgiaForward is an independent, non-partisan organization working to improve the state of Georgia by engaging business, political, academic and civil leaders to collaboratively shape a statewide policy agenda. For more information about the Young Gamechangers program and a complete list of the 2014 class, visit their web site: http://georgiaforward.org/young-gamechangers.
Source: GeorgiaForward Press Release