The first class of the JD Forward Leadership Academy graduated last week with 10 participants from several area businesses and organizations.
Participants were Daniel Alejo (Arising Industries), Doug Alexander (Jeff Davis School System), Rory Chaney (Hazlehurst Main Street), Mike Coleman (SunOne Logistics), Noemi Garcia (student at Valdosta State University), Kayla Herndon (Altamaha Bank & Trust), Matt King (Jeff Davis County Trash Pickup), Jim Moore (Bank of Hazlehurst), Eric Smith (Georgia Power), and Cody White (Hazlehurst Municipal Airport).
JD Forward participants and their employers are dedicated to helping develop strong leaders for the community and their places of work. The group participated in eight sessions dedicated to introducing them to community and economic development as well as building their leadership skills. The class enjoyed a trip to Atlanta to visit legislators and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to learn more about how the state markets individual communities for economic development.
Nominations are open for JD Forward 2020, which will begin in January. For more information on the program, contact Andrea Taylor at the Chamber of Commerce at 912-375-4543.