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Forum focuses on regional support for post
Pete Liakakis at friends meeting
Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis speaks at the Friends of Liberty and Fort Stewart forum. - photo by Photo provided.
RICHMOND HILL — Friends of Liberty and Fort Stewart recently sponsored a forum on its intention to grow into a more regional organization whose role is to sustain and enhance the private-public investments made at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field.
The forum attracted more than 40 Liberty, Bryan and Chatham county leaders from local governments, business and other community groups. Originally founded in 1999 to enhance the overall economic value and partnerships between Fort Stewart and the surrounding communities, FOLFS has grown into a regional entity dedicated to ensuring continued economic investment in Southeast Georgia.  
 “The soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field are the backbone of this community,” said Friends of Liberty and Fort Stewart Executive Director Paul Andreshak. “FOLFS needs to play a larger role in the dialogue on successful private-public partnerships that happen not only in Georgia, but in Washington, D.C. Through the continued investment in the state-of-art facilities at Fort Stewart and Hunter AAF and in surrounding communities, FOLFS can help to ensure our troops and their families get the training, support and services they need while also stimulating economic development. It’s a great region in which to live, and it’s why so many of our armed forces return here after their service is done.”
Tuesday’s presentation in Richmond Hill briefed regional leaders on recent developments and attracted the chairmen of county commissions from Liberty, Bryan and Chatham counties, Savannah Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson and other leaders.
“Many people support the work FOLFS is doing, and are looking for ways to play more of a role,” Andreshak said. “It couldn’t have gone better.”
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