The Union Recorder

Opinion

October 27, 2012

Eggs & Issues breakfast a chance to listen, get involved

MILLEDGEVILLE — Last spring, a group of concerned local residents met for the second installment of Voices for Progress and extension of efforts by the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and its business-community arm, Partners for Progress. Through a series of sessions, those in attendance were updated on the state of affairs in city and county government, tourism, economic development and education. The sessions were a reflective look at the work undertaken by the Partners for Progress subcommittees and their efforts throughout the previous year. The sessions also served as a blueprint for what was to come.

While some could not attend these informative sessions and others, for whatever reason, may have chosen not to attend, next week presents another opportunity. Tuesday’s opening Eggs & Issues breakfast is not only a chance to listen, it’s also a call to action to get involved in the direction of Baldwin County’s future.

The breakfast is the kickoff of the Eggs & Issues series focusing on topics of local importance. This first session will focus on education, with a presentation by Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Geneva Braziel.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Original Crockett’s Restaurant. Tickets are $10 each, or $75 for a table of eight. The cost of tickets includes a breakfast buffet prior to the 8 a.m. presentation.

The second breakfast will focus on the state of health care in Baldwin County featuring Oconee Regional Medical Center CEO Jean Aycock, scheduled be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

This is an opportunity for Baldwin County to turn inward and take a frank and honest look at itself in an effort to improve. Each session is valuable to local residents, no matter age or occupation, because everyone has a stake in Baldwin County’s course. With Baldwin County still in negotiations on a plan to co-sign on the hospital’s debt, possibilities for new health care programs as part of the Central State Hospital redevelopment, efforts to train and re-train local employees and continually decrease the local dropout rate, education and health care are without a doubt two issues of foremost concern for the future.

It takes a lot of work from those with a vested interest who are ready and willing to work toward common ground in developing new ideas and staying committed in seeing them come to fruition.

This is a chance to ask questions, learn more about plans for the future and be a part of the work ahead. It’s always easier to object to the process from the outside looking in. The real work and fortitude comes from having the courage to step forward with a willingness to be a part of the change this community desires. This is where true innovation and concrete ideas that make an impact begin. Now is the time to decide.

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