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April 28, 2012

Voices for Progress set for May 2

MILLEDGEVILLE — Next month, beginning May 2, we will have an opportunity to come together and work as a community in an effort to continue moving Milledgeville-Baldwin County forward.

“Voices for Progress” is a series of community forums sponsored by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber’s Partners for Progress Initiative. Formerly known as Baldwin 20/20, this year’s forum will take on a slightly different format than in previous years.

In order to engage a greater cross-section of the community, Voices for Progress has been divided into two segments. The first event is a full day of “State of the Community” updates from local leaders. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Goldstein Center, at which time we will receive timely updates from our Voices for Progress committees: Business Development, Economic Development, Education, Government, Retirement & Transportation.

We will also hear from city and county officials as well as the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Development Authority and MainStreet.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and lunch will also be provided.     

The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on the progress our community has made over the past year and identify opportunities for partnerships and collaboration to extend growth even further in the coming year.

On Wednesday, May 9, and Friday, May 11, we will host a series of community work sessions focused on four strategic areas — Workforce Development, Community Stewardship, Business Development and Public & Private Leadership. These sessions will allow for an exchange of ideas to identify potential action steps the committees can take over the next year to achieve the outlined objectives. This is a planning session for the coming year and an opportunity for members of the community to provide input into the direction our committees will take.

The schedule for the community works sessions is as follows:

Wednesday, May 9

9 to 11:30 a.m. Workforce Development

1 to 3:30 p.m. Public & Private Leadership

Friday, May 11      

9 to 11:30 a.m. Business Development

1 to 3:30 p.m. Community Stewardship

Community members are encouraged to participate in any and all sessions that appeal to or impact them. This forum series is your opportunity to have a say in how your community prospers and grows toward a better future for all of Milledgeville and Baldwin County.

I want to encourage everyone to join us and share your thoughts and ideas or to express any suggestions you may have. In an effort to maximize participation, there is no charge for these events.

You can register by contacting the Chamber office at (478) 453-9311 or send an email to chamber@milledgevillega.com with “Voices Registration” in the subject line.

April Bragg

CEO

Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce

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