Written by From Staff Reports Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00
May 8, 2013 – The Savannah Economic Development Authority will host its annual meeting and luncheon on Thursday, May 23 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, One International Drive with keynote speaker Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Networking is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon beginning at noon.
Mayor Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2010. Since then, he has hired more than 700 police officers, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times and sanitation operations. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. Mayor Reed began his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall; under his leadership, the city has had three years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $126 million.
Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades since taking office and has been nationally recognized for his civic leadership on programs such as Meet the Press and on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, FOX and CNBC. Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm.
During the SEDA meeting and luncheon, Mayor Reed will speak about the collaborative efforts among state, regional and city leaders to secure federal approval and funds for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor and the continued growth of the Port of Savannah. Mayor Reed also will share his perspective on the economic challenges and opportunities facing the city of Atlanta, the metropolitan Atlanta region and the state of Georgia. He will touch upon recent economic initiatives led by Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, including the final approval of hotel-motel tax funds for the construction of a new Falcons stadium in downtown Atlanta.
“Strong cities are the building blocks of strong regions, which in turn, are essential for a globally competitive America,” said Mayor Reed. “My Administration has set a tone of collaboration with our regional partners and the state, from working together to recruit companies, growing our entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem and supporting the deepening of the Port of Savannah. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and engaging in a robust dialogue on these issues at the annual SEDA meeting and luncheon.”
The cost is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. For more information and to reserve seating visit seda.org or contact Lory McDaniel at 912-447-8450.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 11:27 Written by From Staff Reports Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Chick-fil-A® Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Savannah. Speakers for this year’s event include:
• Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric
• Andy Stanley, best-selling leadership author and communicator
• Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
• John Maxwell, best-selling author and leadership expert
• Dr. Henry Cloud, best-selling author and leadership consultant
• LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
• Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
• David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
• Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009) , via exclusive Simply Lead video interview
Last year, more than 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Chick-fil-A® Leadercast®. In its 14th year, this full day, experiential conference is predicted to reach its largest audience to date.
“It is one of the single most consolidated sources of leadership that I know of,” said Frances Carter President and CEO at Union Mission. “But it goes beyond that. I think this conference, although very focused on leadership, transcends the topic and really shows you how to lead in life.”
This year our program will focus on the idea of simply leading. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so that our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. This diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights to help leaders learn how to Simply Lead.
Proceeds from this Savannah event will benefit Union Mission. Since 1936, Union Mission has been providing vital humanitarian and social services to Savannah’s homeless and special needs communities. Our care programs address shelter, long and short-term housing, healthcare, behavioral counseling, substance abuse, job and lifeskills training and employment assistance.