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Eggs  Issues
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce took a group of people to Atlanta, where they met with state Rep. Al Williams (D-Atlanta) for the Georgia Chamber's Annual Meeting and the next morning's Eggs & Issues Breakfast. They are, from left, in front, board of education Chairwoman Lily Baker; chamber board members Joelyn Pirkle and Deborah Sales; in back, chamber members Marlene Whittingham and Robert Stokes, chamber board chairwoman Kimberly Thomas, chamber executive director Kenny Smiley, and chamber board member and Hinesville City Councilman Bobby Ryon. - photo by Submitted / Coastal Courier
A delegation of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce attended two Georgia Chamber of Commerce events in Atlanta last week, as the General Assembly convened the 2008 session.
"I look forward to working with the Georgia Chamber and our local business community, and to keep them abreast of legislation that could affect their businesses," Kenny Smiley, Executive Director of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.
The prospect of a tough year for business in Washington and a trio of challenging issues facing Georgia lawmakers was enough to turn out more than 3,000 Georgians to the state chamber's two big January events, according to a release from the state organization.
Georgia legislators are facing a number of daunting in their annual session under the Gold Dome. Topping the agenda are water, transportation and taxes.
On the podium at the annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast, were the state's top three elected officials, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Each outlined his agenda for the session and, while there are clear differences among them, there was no disagreement on the overall objective, to make Georgia a stronger, safer, healthier place to live, work and raise families.
"At the Eggs and Issues Breakfast, the officials talked about water, and with that being such a key issue, I anxiously await to see how the water plan develops," Smiley said. "With transportation funding being so critical right now, I also look forward to seeing how our legislators deal with that and design a solution."
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