EVANS, Ga. –
35 community leaders (see photo above) will take part in the next Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia County Class of 2022, including several who have fiduciary responsibilities like CPA’s, Bankers, Financial Advisors.
A pair of alumni and local business leaders, Chairperson Meredith Burkett from Elliott Davis and Vice Chairperson Robert Kelley with Augusta Staffing will help lead their team of leadership participants through the 10 month program.
The LCC is designed to expose businesses and area leaders to the opportunities and challenges facing our community, promote and foster the development of leadership, and educate and prepare community leaders who are committed to shaping Columbia County’s future.
“The opportunity to participate in, and now lead, Leadership Columbia County has been and continues to be one of the best experiences for me both personally and professionally. Through the program, I have gained insight into various political, cultural, and economic systems within the Columbia County community, on both a micro and macro level,” said Meredith Burkett, Senior Manager, Elliott Davis, LLC.
Each month, the participants experience topics concerning our community, including economic development, education, media, healthcare, government, diversification, military and law enforcement.
Each Leadership class collaborates on a project to address a specific concern in our community. Last year’s class adopted four non-profits: The Mosaic Center, Columbia County Foundation for Children, Hope House and Child Enrichment.
“There are so many aspects of Columbia County and our region that even the “tuned-in” business leader and general citizen would be found unaware. It’s also eye-opening to me that, even though we live in the friendliest place in the country in the number one state for business for the eighth year in a row, there’s a lot that still needs to be done, said Robert S. Kelly, Vice President, Augusta Staffing & Job Shop, Inc.
”This year, I’ll be the vice-chair for the class of ‘22, and next year I’ll chair the class of ‘23. I believe this program is one of the top-valued efforts that the Columbia County Chamber offers, and has one of the biggest impacts all-around. I look forward to pouring everything we’ve learned as a program collectively into the current and future leaders of our community,” he added.
“I strongly recommend this program to all professionals looking to grow as a leader and make a difference in our community. As the current chair of Leadership Columbia County, I look forward to connecting with this year’s class and am excited to see the impact the Class of 2022 will have on our community,” added Burkett
Here is an ABD story from a Columbia County Chamber Youth and Leadership graduate about what LCC meant to him and his career.