Trip to Nation's Capital Underscores Regional Goals
Business, civic, government, and education leaders will soon travel to Washington D.C. to provide valuable input on critical issues that affect the CSRA, a region of more than half million people. Meetings are set for April 28 and 29.
The annual trip, which includes meetings and informal discussions with elected officials and key department heads and decision makers, is a collaborative initiative of four area chambers, including the Aiken Chamber, North Augusta Chamber, Augusta Metro Chamber and Columbia County Chamber.
The Aiken contingency will be led by Chamber Vice Chair of Public Affairs Brenda Stein, Veracity Payment Solutions, Inc. "The CSRA Leadership trip is a very effective way of informing our legislators of key issues important to our businesses and our community. It provides an opportunity for our legislators to hear first hand from the business community and the issues that are important to us," Stein said.
"I am looking forward to participating in the CSRA Leadership trip to Washington this year," she continued. "In addition to regional advocacy, the trip provides a forum for CSRA leaders to network and to develop sound working relationships, which are critical to our region's future."
A total of 34 key people from the four area chambers, known as the CSRA Leadership group, will travel to Washington for two days of back-to-back meetings with elected officials and department representatives.
The first day includes a visit to the US Chamber of Commerce for a briefing on the national issues the Chamber is working on. Following the meeting, the leadership group will attend a press conference held by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO).
"The main topic of the press conference is to show the community support for keeping Yucca Mountain as an option for a repository for nuclear waste. We have about 15 resolutions from organizations and local governments we plan to present," said Rick McLeod, executive director of the SRSCRO.
Also on the first day, the entire group will meet with U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint (South Carolina), and Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson (Georgia).
On the second day the group will meet with key members of the House of Representatives. After that, the group will divide up, with some visiting the US Department of Energy while others will visit the White House Communications Agency.
"Members of Congress and agency heads find it impressive that our economic region includes two states, but we still find common ground on important issues that affect the half million citizens of our region," said J. David Jameson, president/CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
The Aiken contingency of the CSRA Leadership group include:
Dean Campbell - Savannah River Remediation
Cindy Delaney - Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
Teresa Haas - Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
Dr. Tom Hallman - University of South Carolina Aiken
Fred Humes - Economic Development Partnership
J. David Jameson - Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
Monica Key - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Clay Killian - County of Aiken
Rick McLeod - SRS Community Reuse Organization
Branch Sinkule - Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Brenda Stein - Veracity Payment Solutions, Inc.
Frank Thomas - Security Federal Bank
Don Wells - City of Aiken Councilman
Dr. Susan Winsor - Aiken Technical College
Clint Wolfe - Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness
Ronnie Young - County of Aiken
Others participating in the CSRA Leadership Conference trip to Washington DC are:
Walter Dukes - Georgia Power Company
Brett Giles - Cytec Industries
Bryan Ginn, Jr. - Medical College of Georgia
Skip Grkovic - City of North Augusta
Brandon Haddock - E-Z-GO
Sanford Loyd, CPA, PC
Scott MacGregor - Oglethorpe Public Affairs
Jason Manley - Georgia Power Company
Yvonne Meeks - SRP Federal Credit Union
Susan Parr - Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce
John Ray - WRDW Channel 12
Stan Shepherd - AT&T
Jim Tingen - Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
Martha Tingen - Medical College of Georgia
Brian Tucker - North Augusta Chamber of Commerce
Thom Tuckey - CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon
Phil Wahl - First Citizens Bank
Barry White - Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Amy Winn - University Health Care System