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Long development authority elects chairwoman
MR Christy Wingate
Christy Wingate - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI — The Long County Development Authority elected Christy Wingate as chairwoman, replacing the late Terry Gordon.
Wingate had been the vice chairwoman, and had been acting chairwoman for the last two months.
Wallace Shaw was elected vice chairman and Lila Bell will continue as treasurer.  
The authority discussed setting up training for each member in June in Savannah.  According to Wingate, she, Shaw and Bell have already been certified in a basic board member course, but the remaining members need to go through the training.  Wingate also said she would like to attend the advanced course.
All of the members said that they would know whether they could attend the training in June at the April meeting.
The authority also passed a motion to establish a conflict of interest policy for members.  After a brief discussion, Wingate said she, along with the county attorney will write a draft for members to consider.  She said that she hoped to have it ready by the April meeting.
Wingate also reported that she had met with representatives from Sabre Technologies in Savannah, about establishing a Web site.  She said the site will have a homepage and seven themed subpages ranging from business advantages to contact information.
Wingate also reported that the cost of the Web site was less than the estimate of $2,000, and would be $1,700.  She also said that the maintenance fee was less than the previously approved $50. It will be $40 per month.
She said the meeting with Sabre CEO Stanley Konter was helpful.
“He had a wealth of knowledge, and will be able to help us in targeting key markets to get the greatest benefit from the Web site,” Wingate said.
The next authority meeting will be at the Long County Courthouse at 6 p.m. April 28.
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