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OTC Hosts Meeting on Economic Development

Okefenokee Technical College officials and area chambers of commerce and development authority officials met recently at OTC to discuss ideas for community growth. Those attending the meeting included (front, L to R) Andy Brannen, OTC VP; Brenda Deroche, OADA; Robin Blackard, Waycross Chamber; Judy Hesters, OTC Director; (back, L to R) Jeanie Boland, Brantley Dev. Auth.; Debra Lee, Pierce Chamber; Sharon Dial, Pierce Chamber; Charlie Gibson, OTC Director; Pete Mills, OTC Exec. Director; Albert Thornton, Homerville City Manager; Bud Morris and Fred Coley, Charlton Dev. Auth (not present for photo). Opportunities Luncheon

Community leaders representing area chambers of commerce and development authorities from Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware were invited to an open forum meeting sponsored by the Economic Development department of Okefenoke Technical College on September 11, 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to inform participants of OTC’s services through the Economic Development department and to solicit input about additional ways that OTC can support economic growth in the communities that it serves.

The program, entitled “Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges,”  included presentations by the following Okefenokee Tech staff members: Andy Brannen, VP for Economic Development; Charlie Gibson, Director of Career Services; Pete Mills, Executive Director of Adult Education; and Judy Hesters, Director of Continuing Education. Participants were very complimentary about OTC’s programs and services and provided valuable feedback and suggestions for future projects and classes.  

Following the meeting, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Applebees of Waycross. OTC officials would like to thank all of the participants and Applebees for supporting the event.

Anyone interested in learning more about continuing education programs, training programs and free services for employers, or adult education should contact the OTC Economic Development department at (912) 287-5854.

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