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provide jobs for our residents? The chamber’s
Workforce Development Committee knows the value
they bring to our community.
In 2009, the Workforce Development Committee
joined forces with Moultrie Technical College to
implement Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Georgia Work Ready
initiative. This plan is based on a skills assessment
and certification for job seekers and a job profiling
system for businesses. By identifying both the needs
of businesses and the available skills of Georgia’s
workforce, the state can more effectively generate the
right talent for the right jobs.
This committee also has a vested interest in
seeing the best and brightest rising leaders in Colquitt
County emerge as even better leaders in the future
through the five-month Leadership Colquitt County
(LCC) program for both adults and Colquitt County
High School juniors and seniors. Held every other
year, LCC saw a record number of program graduates
in 2009 with 21 students and 15 adult professionals.
Colquitt County still stands as the top agricultural
county in the state of Georgia. The chamber’s Agri-
cultural and Rural Services Committee also recognizes
that farming is the largest industry in Colquitt County
and is committed to promoting the economic
sustainability of the agribusiness sector.
Besides its support of the Sunbelt Expo through the
annual VIP tour for legislators, the chamber’s agricul-
tural committee sponsors workshops and programs
with other agricultural organizations, such as the
Colquitt County Extension Agents and the Young
Farmers Association. For the seventh consecutive year
the committee also conducted the Youth Safety Day
Camp for local elementary school students in March.
Many of us take for granted the work of the farmers
and agribusiness representatives in our county. But,
the chamber’s agricultural committee gets a chance to
highlight what life is like on the other side of the
pasture every year through the job swap program.
Last November, local entrepreneur and clothing
retailer Steve Lazarus traded places with Patrick Mob-
ley of Mobley Plant Company for a day. Each year
the participants say they come away with an apprecia-
tion for what their counterpart does in the community
and usually say that they prefer to keep their own jobs.
At the chamber, we believe that reaching
retirement age is just the beginning of new life
opportunities. Formed in 2008, the newest venture at
the chamber is the Retirement Development
Committee.
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