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Chamber Expands Advocacy Efforts to Offer Election Education
by Chamber News on December 15th, 2014

The Chamber makes no bones about being serious when it comes to its advocacy program, and 2014 has been a year to prove it.

The year’s efforts have focused on Moody Air Force Base with programs like Operation Moody Transition, which bridged the gap between early release veterans and local businesses seeking employees. The South Georgia Military Affairs Council (SGMAC) visited the Pentagon in April to convey the support of local business and community leaders for the A-29 Afghan air force training mission. In addition, the Government Affairs Council has already begun preparing for a busy 2015, preparing for an active State Legislative Session as forecasted by local delegates Ellis Black, Amy Carter and Dexter Sharper at last week’s State Legislative Lunch.

With the coming of a new year, Chamber leaders prepare for a brand new initiative designed to create a stronger voice for the business community. Campaign Academy 101 will provide a platform for local business leaders who have served in various elected offices to help those interested in serving in similar capacities gain a better understanding of what goes into planning and executing a successful campaign. The course will be offered on Feb. 4 at the Chamber.

GAC Chairman Bruce Allred believes the program takes a significant step toward creating even more productive relationships with legislators. “Pro-business policy is crucial for our community, and we want to ensure that our business leaders have the very best chance possible for being elected into positions which will influence legislation affecting our area.” Allred also acknowledges the importance of having state and federal representation that is familiar with South Georgia. “With most of the voting population being located above Macon, we are working to make sure that the voices of our community are still heard by preparing local leaders for positions of even greater influence.”

For more information about the Chamber’s Campaign Academy, please visit or contact Myrna Ballard at (229) 247-8100 ext. 222.

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