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2018 CCIA Board Meeting Dates

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Meet the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, Mark Butler

On behalf of the Candler County Industrial Authority, we would like to invite you to meet the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, Mark Butler. Please join us on Wednesday, August 9th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for a presentation and question/answer segment with the Commissioner.

As the first Republican to head the Georgia Department of Labor, Commissioner Butler is committed to reshaping the operations of a labor department. Commissioner Butler's goal is to create valuable workforce solutions through strategic alliances and community relationships. The programs at the Georgia Department of Labor reflect Butler's dedication to improving the agency's relationships with employers, job seekers and Georgia's future workforce.

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Bigwood Room in the Metter Elementary School
                 33661 Hwy 129 South, Metter, GA 30439

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Economic Development Day

On Tuesday, September 26th, the ConnectCandler “Economic Development Day” focused on industrial development initiatives locally and across the state. The Candler County Industrial Authority partnered with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Ports Authority to host the leadership class in a session that mirrored a prospect visit. Throughout the day, the group discussed local economic development updates, the importance of prospect confidentiality and toured the Georgia Ports Authority. The ConnectCandler class had the chance to see what happens behind the scenes and the steps required to both attract new business and retain existing industries.

New Executive Director Molly Olson

Candler County Industrial Authority welcomed new executive director Molly Olson on Monday of this week. Olson comes to Metter after three years with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where she was business development coordinator. She has also worked with the Alpharetta Department of Economic Development and Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

“Metter has great potential to attract businesses and jobs, which is exciting from an economic development standpoint,” Olson said. “Candler County has many assets. It has great connectivity in the strategic location along I-16, a local technical college, the Georgia Ports Authority and has an industrial park that is Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD). Having a GRAD site is a huge advantage for companies looking to develop a location as soon as possible,” she continued.

When asked about her impressions of the local community and her plans for economic development, Olson said, “I am excited to become part of the community and call it home.

“The people in Metter have been very welcoming. That’s an important factor in attracting companies to the county. The community is supportive of economic development efforts and the drive to increase employment opportunities in the county.

“The local partners also have a strong knowledge of economic development and its advantages. “(Previous executive director) Hannah Mullins did a great job with the economic development directives in the county. My plans include marketing our community to state partners and site consultants in order to develop more name recognition as well as attract industrial jobs and investment that will grow the local employment opportunities. I also plan to partner with state and local resources to develop programs that support developing talent pipelines for industrial development and strengthening relationships with the Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Department of Labor and other great resources that promote economic development.”

“We look forward to welcoming Molly as a vital member of our community’s team,” said Mayor Billy Trapnell, chairman of the Candler County Industrial Authority. “She has been part of an excellent group in Savannah and Chatham County, having developed contacts and skills that will be beneficial to the economic growth of Metter and Candler County.”

Olson holds a bachelor’s degree in international economic affairs from the University of West Georgia.

Molly R. Olson
Executive Director
E: molly@selectcandler.com

Candler County Industrial Authority
1 S. Rountree Street, Suite B
P.O. Box 1130 Metter, GA 30439
O: 912-685-4950