Each year, the overall goal for the Georgia Chamber’s annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast is to generate a discussion around topics that are relevant to the growth of business in the state of Georgia. This year’s breakfast was no different as the Georgia Chamber introduced its Rural Prosperity Initiative.

In 2017, the Georgia Chamber established a new Center for Rural Prosperity at the Georgia Chamber Tifton office. Throughout the year, stakeholders met to discuss strategies and policies to help improve the economic prospects of rural Georgia. The challenges of many rural Georgia communities include lack of access to quality healthcare, difficulty in funding K-12 education, broadband capacity, and dealing with population and economic shifts. To support economic prosperity in rural Georgia, the Georgia Chamber announced its “Recommendations for a Rural Renaissance” during yesterday’s Eggs and Issues Breakfast.

“While some parts of our state are enjoying the benefits of a growing economy, there are other areas that are struggling.” Georgia Chamber President and CEO, Chris Clark said. “This is one of the reasons we opened our Center for Rural Prosperity in Tifton last May, held our first Rural Prosperity Summit last November, and created a Rural Prosperity Council focused on four key areas – incentives, the needs of our military communities, talent development and higher education, and entrepreneurship.”

As the state’s largest business champion, the Georgia Chamber is dedicated to working towards strengthening our rural communities. To learn more about the Georgia Chamber’s Rural Prosperity Initiative, and Rural Recommendations, click here: www.gachamber.com/rural-gerogia-home

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