Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day Two Recap - Economic Development, the City of Atlanta, and Global Connections

Here’s a recap of day two on the University of Georgia (UGA) New Faculty Tour. The day began by driving south to Cartersville and from there the rest of the day was spent in and around the City of Atlanta.
  • In Cartersville the group toured the carpet manufacturing plant operated by Shaw Industries. Throughout Georgia the company employs over 15,000 individuals and the starting wage at its Cartersville plant is $15/hour. Shaw believes strongly in sustainability and currently recycles 95% of its waste. It’s aims to improve that to 100% by 2030.
  • Next stop was the Georgia State Capital building to hear comments from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Senate Majority Caucus Chair Butch Miller. Miller stressed to the faculty the importance of compromise, something that is highly valued in Georgia politics, and lamented that too many of our social and economic ills result from inability to reach compromise.
  • Lunch was with Commissioner Gretchen Corbin of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, USG chancellor Hank Huckaby, and UGA president Jere Morehead. Each spoke to the group and stressed the importance of higher education to the economic development of the state and the need for USG institutions to take a leadership role in strengthening this alignment.
  • After touring the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta the group visited the UGA Alumni Center and the Terry College of Business facility in Buckhead. Following the tour, the group took a break before enjoying dinner with the Consular Corp of Atlanta, UGA provost Pamela Whitten, and UGA Alumni Association president Tim Keadle. Canadian Consul General Stephen Brereton stressed the importance of global collaboration and the special relationship that UGA enjoys with countries across the world.
After dinner the group returned to its hotel for an evenings rest. All enjoyed a great day. Wednesday’s program includes stops at Senoia for a tour of Riverwood Studios and stops at the Kia Motors facility in West Point and at Robins Air Force Base. More to come.

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