Mayor to share vision for Aiken
The Chamber’s annual State of Our Community Luncheon is celebrating its 10th year. The popular event features a keynote speaker that is not new to Aiken, but is new to his position in Aiken. Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, who has served since November 2015, will have the podium and the opportunity to share his vision for Aiken’s future.
“We are fortunate to have the Mayor share his vision for Aiken with the Aiken business community,” said J. David Jameson, president/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. “Mayor Osbon acknowledges that the business climate is the #1 factor of a successful community, and that the City must lay a foundation to allow business to grow and thrive. His leadership, combined with the support of the City Council, will guide Aiken into a prosperous future for all of our citizens.”
“I believe that Aiken is truly the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Mayor Osbon. “However, we cannot take for granted that the Aiken of today will be here for future generations. We must look forward and make plans for our community.”
In addition to the Mayor’s live address, Aiken County Council Chair Ronnie Young, Aiken County School Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford, Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce Chair Charlie Hartz and the Mayor will be featured in a video presentation. The video will allow business, civic, community and education leaders the opportunity to hear firsthand what is currently happening and what is on the horizon for the community.
They will respond to the following questions:
1. What are the top three issues that your organization is currently addressing, and how will those issues make a
difference in our community?
2. How can the business leaders of Aiken help your organization successfully reach the goals you have set?
3. What is the toughest hurdle your organization has to overcome in order to move forward?
4. If you could change one thing in Aiken/Aiken County, what would it be?
5. 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.
The State of Our Community Luncheon will be held Aug.24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway. Contact Dianne Phillips at (803) 649-1200 x 224 to reserve a seat.
The State of Our Community Luncheon is sponsored by the following:
Title Sponsor – SRP Federal Credit Union
Platinum Sponsor – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC,
Gold Sponsor – AECOM, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Parsons, Savannah River Remediation, Stoller Newport News Nuclear
Silver Sponsors – Aiken Regional Medical Centers, American Audio Visual Services, Inc., BWXT Technologies, Inc., CB&I AREVA MOX Services, LLC, CH2M, H. G. Reynolds Company, Inc., USC Aiken Convocation Center, a Spectra Managed Facility, WJBF-TV 6 ABC.
Meet Mayor Rick Osbon
Rick Osbon serves as the Mayor for the City of Aiken. He was elected November 2015, and is Aiken’s first new Mayor in 24 years. He previously served on Aiken County Council for eight years.
Osbon is a graduate of Aiken High School and a 1993 graduate of USCA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. While attending college, he worked in the family business that his father and grandfather started in 1948, Osbon’s Laundry and Cleaners.
Osbon credits his family with instilling in him the values of honesty, integrity, fiscal responsibility, hard work and smart planning. He feels these principles are the same building blocks necessary for an effective government.
Osbon enjoys music and his hobby is playing with the local band Palmetto Groove. He and his wife, Angie, have been married for 22 years and have 3 children, Reagan, Gemma and Sterling. They attend Millbrook Baptist Church.