The Georgia Chamber Celebrates Start of 2017 Legislative Session
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce was honored to host Georgians from all across the state for their annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center on January 10, 2017. State and federal lawmakers, business leaders, and guests gathered to kick-off the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly by hearing from our state’s foremost policy makers.
In opening remarks, 2017 Georgia Chamber Chairman Bill Linginfelter focused on “Georgia 2030”, the Chamber’s strategic plan to meet the next decade’s challenges. According to Linginfelter, his priority for the year ahead would be, “to continue to work with our elected leaders to protect the positive, pro-business reputation of Georgia.”
Welcoming the sellout crowd, Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark described his vision for 2017. Clark cited early engagement in the 2018 election cycle, protecting and improving Georgia’s legal environment, and using the GeorgiaLeads program to strengthen Georgia’s workforce, as a few of his top priorities. Furthermore, Clark unveiled plans to expand the Chamber’s footprint in rural Georgia and take the their strategic plan statewide with the newly chartered “Authentic Georgia” initiative. “We are excited to announce that for the first time in our history, the Chamber will open a regional office in Tifton, Georgia in 2017,” Clark announced Tuesday.
Attendees at the 2017 Eggs & Issues Breakfast were thrilled to welcome U.S Senator David Perdue via video address. Perdue elaborated on new opportunities to advance pro-business policies in our nation’s capital. Perdue told guests, “There is a sense of urgency in Washington to get things done and I’m excited to get to work.”
The Chamber was also honored to welcome Governor Nathan Deal to Eggs & Issues and hear his plans for the 2017 legislative session. Under Governor Deal’s leadership, “Georgia” has become synonymous with job growth and economic prosperity, and his priorities for the upcoming year look to continue our state’s successes. In their addresses, both Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston pledged to continue keeping Georgia open for business while addressing needs for education reform and transportation investment, respectively.
With over 2,300 attendees, the Georgia Chamber’s 2017 Eggs and Issues Breakfast was a resounding success.