Leadership focus of State of Our Community

Good leadership is the core of all successful businesses, organizations and communities. It is also a key to economic vitality. Leadership will be the theme of the ninth annual State of Our Community Luncheon being held Aug. 20.


The keynote speaker at the event will be U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia. He will share his perspective on leadership with the sold-out crowd. 


“We are fortunate to have General Bogdan speak to the Aiken business community,” said J. David Jameson, president/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. “He is not only a proven leader, but he is a leader who develops leadership skills in others. He leads with integrity, discipline, transparency and accountability. I believe he will share lessons that will inspire us all to be leaders in our businesses and community.” 



In addition to Gen. Bogdan’s address, a video presentation from Aiken County Council Chair Ronnie Young, City of Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, Aiken County School Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Chair Bart Blackwell will give business, civic, community and education leaders the opportunity to hear firsthand what is currently happening and what is on the horizon for the community.


Young                                  Cavanaugh                      Alford                             Blackwell


They will respond to the following questions: 

  • What are the top three issues that your organization is currently addressing, and how will those issues make a difference in our community? 
  • How can the business leaders of Aiken help your organization successfully reach the goals you have set? 
  • What is the toughest hurdle your organization has to overcome in order to move forward? 
  • If you could change one thing in Aiken/Aiken County, what would it be?  
  • If there is one big new idea that could be implemented that would make a major difference in this community for generations, what would it be?

 “It is important for these community leaders to share their vision with the business community and to have an opportunity to share with us how we can help each organization move Aiken forward,” said Jameson.



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