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Chamber members discuss water, health costs with D.C. lawmakers
by Adam Elrod
February 27, 2013 10:09 AM | 1159 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Paulding Chamber of Commerce recently hosted 16 chamber members ranging from business leaders to elected officials in Washington, D.C., during its annual Fly In.

The purpose of the event is to let Paulding’s elected officials know what challenges the businesses of the county are facing, said Chamber President and CEO Carolyn Wright.

“It gives them [elected officials] an update to let them know where Paulding is,” Wright said.

The members met with U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; District 11 U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta; and District 14 U.S. Rep Tom Graves, R-Ranger, said Susan Vanek, chamber director of business development.

Paulding County government administrator Mike Jones said he asked Graves, Chambliss and Isakson to sign a letter to send to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supporting the county’s request for approval of construction of the Richland Creek reservoir.

“The county’s focus [of the trip] was the reservoir,” Jones said.

The letter will help speed up the permitting process for the reservoir which is planned as a future water source for county residents, he said.

“They asked us to consult with Gov. [Nathan] Deal, and let him look at the letter,” Jones said.

On Feb. 19 the governor met with Jones and Commission Chairman David Austin, and he will be reviewing the letter later this week before it is sent to the elected officials for their signatures, Jones said.

Tim Williams, GreyStone Power’s vice president of corporate and external affairs, has attended all three years of the Fly In event.

Williams said he spoke to the officials about how the high price of health care was affecting the business community, he said.

“I have always been impressed with the Fly In,” Williams said.

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