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Early County Meets in Atlanta

The meeting room on the 18th floor of the Commerce Club in Atlanta was crowded last week when a contingent of approximately 40 people from Early County attended a luncheon hosted by Senator John Bulloch and Representative Gerald Greene.

The guest list of those attending the meeting included Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and a number of other representatives and senators. Several department heads also attended the luncheon including Agriculture Secretary Tommy Irvin, DNR Commissioner Carol Couch and State Director for USDA Rural Development Stone Workman.

The program included brief remarks by Mayor Ric Hall, Commission Chairman Richard Ward, Lt. Gov. Cagle and Charles B. Rice.

The luncheon featured a presentation by Nathan Norris of PlaceMakers, the planning and development advisory firm hired by EC2055. Norris illustrated the economic initiatives that are planned for Blakely, and encouraged everyone to get involved in the revitalization efforts.

C. Barton Rice Jr., son of the project's founders, opened the luncheon and introduced his father, Charles, to make closing remarks. Describing the transformation of the county in the recent past and near future, Rice stated that "change is happening at the speed of light."

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