Leadership Southeast Georgia Session Four Focused on Economic Development in Bryan and Effingham Counties

Leadership Southeast Georgia Session Four Focused on Economic Development in Bryan and Effingham Counties

Leadership Southeast Georgia Session Four Focused on Economic Development in Bryan and Effingham Counties
The professional development and leadership program reviewed current economic development efforts, and interconnected factors that impact it.

(BRYAN & EFFINGHAM COUNTIES, Ga.) Leadership Southeast Georgia, a professional development and leadership program serving 10 coastal counties, held the fourth session of 2023 programming in Bryan and Effingham counties. LSEGA is a five-month course of ongoing personal and professional growth to build connections and learn collaboration skills that empower the participants to improve the region. This session explored economic development in the two counties, specifically looking at various government development authorities, infrastructure projects, nonprofits in the region, and workforce development. Additionally, the session sought to identify best practices in performance management strategies and enhance participants’ awareness of personal leadership styles.

“There are a lot of moving parts in a regional economy, so reviewing how federal, state and local economic development authorities operate and interact with businesses and nonprofits is vitally important,” said Suzanne Kirk, LSEGA facilitator. “The speakers and tours in this session were particularly interesting, and they offered a way to see how connected we all are.”

Day one of the session began with a presentation from Effingham County Industrial Development Authority CEO Brandt Herndon. Titled “Winning the Largest Economic Development Project in Georgia’s History,” he spoke about the region’s successful campaign to lure the massive Hyundai electric vehicle assembly plant. The $5.5B project sits on a 1,744-acre site and is expected to create 8,100 jobs.

After lunch, the group heard from Alyce Thornhill of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Maria Whitfield of the Savannah Joint Development Authority; and Sharon Curran and Jason Hong, of Hyundai, to further discuss the Hyundai plant’s expected impact. This was followed by a tour of the construction site of the plant, led by Eric Johnson, Local Project Director. The group then toured Daniel Defense, a firearms manufacturer in Black Creek, led by Sean Polwort, the Director of Health, Safety and Training.

Day two began with a tour of Effingham College and Career Academy. Attendees were greeted by CEO Todd Wall before settling into a presentation titled “Best Practices in Performance and Leadership,” given by Suzanne Kirk, Employee Development Strategies, Inc. After lunch, the group took a windshield tour of the Sewon America construction site. The auto body parts supplier is building a manufacturing facility in Effingham county slated to produce 740 new jobs. They also viewed the Georgia International Trade Center, a 1,150-acre, rail-served light industrial manufacturing park in Rincon.

After lunch, a panel discussion on non-profits was held to review workforce development and community investment. Panelists included Isai Castrejon of Junior Achievement Georgia, Jay Thompson of Xcel Strategies, and Tal Loos, Vice President of Economic Development of Savannah Technical College.

“The economic growth of the coastal region is the result of the generational efforts of economic development professionals, volunteers, and elected officials,” says Dorie Bacon. “Sharing their success story with the next generation of leaders was an honor.”

Session sponsors for the Bryan and Effingham counties program include Coastal Electric CooperativeDevelopment Authority of Bryan CountyPlanters Broadband CooperativeEffingham County Industrial Development AuthorityHussey Gay Bell and Gray Pannell & Woodward.

LSEGA 2023 program sponsors include Evans General ContractorsGeorgia PowerSavannah/Hilton Head International AirportGeorgia Southern UniversityM.E. Sack EngineeringGulfstreamHARCO ConstructionThe Sack CompanySterling Seacrest PartnersThomas & HuttonInternational PaperHunter MacleanColony BankHussey Gay BellComcastSavannah Economic Development AuthorityVisit SavannahChick-fil-A HinesvilleSoutheastern Bank, and Rhowe Design + Build.

To learn more about the LSEGA program, visit: https://www.lsega.com/

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month, region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through June, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit lsega.com.

Cynthia Cradduck, Managing Partner of Cecilia Russo Marketing

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