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Effingham County IDA Hosts Leadership Effingham Class of 2023
Edwards Interiors
Leadership Effingham Class of 2023 tours local industry Edwards Interiors as part of their session on economic development.

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) recently hosted Leadership Effingham for a full day session on economic development. The session provided the 2023 class with an overview of local and regional economic growth and featured tours of local industries, industrial parks, and the Port of Savannah.

The day kicked off with tours of local industries Edwards Interiors, Quantix, and DHL, as well as driving tours of Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub and Georgia International Trade Center.  Class members learned about the fiscal significance of economic development in the community and received an update on the status of the Hyundai megasite.  The session concluded with a Georgia Ports Authority overview and port tour.

“I really enjoyed getting to tour some of the industrial facilities in Effingham County and hearing more about economic development in our community and region. I look forward to learning more about different aspects of the community in upcoming sessions,” said Jason Counselman, Owner/Operator of Rincon Chick-Fil-A and 2023 Leadership Effingham class member.

“Leadership Effingham is an excellent program that provides a behind-the-scenes look at how local government, public safety, healthcare, education, and economic developments work and fit together in our community,” said Jessica Hood, Vice President of the ECIDA. “We enjoy getting to know the class members each year and appreciate the opportunity to highlight all the exciting things we have going on in economic development.”

This year's Leadership Effingham class includes business and community leaders from across the county. Among the 2023 Leadership Effingham class: Aaron Blaine (South Georgia Stanley Black & Decker Inc.), Alex Hansbarger (Sherman & Hemstreet Real Estate), Bob Kulbacki (Oglethorpe Power), Chad Pace (Georgia Power), Cody Warnock (Adams-Warnock, Inc., Consulting), Hannah Williams (Effingham County Chamber of Commerce), Dawn Huggins (Coldwell Banker Access Realty), Holly Brinson-Tatom (Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program), Jason Counselman (Chick-Fil-A Rincon), Marilu Michel (Flaco's House), Monica Hester (Hester Business Solutions), Susan Salinas (Effingham Health System).