Welcome from the Chairman

As many of you know, I am a native of Lee County and am very passionate about how far we have come in the past three and a half decades or so.  Sure, we enjoy a fantastic quality of life with good ‘ole fashioned, Southern hospitality.  Yes, Leesburg, Georgia is more of a household name now thanks to some famous individuals who are proud of their hometown.  However, I find myself constantly impressed by the lack of complacency and obvious desire our leaders have to enhance key factors relevant to fostering continuous economic growth.
Numerous visible changes to our infrastructure, with even more in process now thanks to proactive planning, not only help to make it easier for our citizens to navigate through the county but also make us more attractive to business owners and developers.  As I have stated before, this continued growth in our commercial, retail, and industrial offerings is important to provide relief to the citizen’s share of the tax base, as well as, increase jobs for the population.
Of course with increased economic growth, more families should be looking to move to the area, and their children’s education is an important factor contributing to where these potential neighbors decide to purchase a home.  Our school system is consistently ranked in the top five in the state with more than a few Schools of Excellence awards to back it up.  Even so, our local administration is still working to enhance programs that will benefit our children’s education and keep us moving forward.  I am proud to say that I am a product of the Lee County School System along with many others who are successful in their own fields, including but not limited to Luke, Buster, and Phillip.
We are an events-based Chamber with successes such as our Annual Golf Tournament, Under the Oaks Arts Fest, Spirit of Christmas Parade and Festival, and Annual Banquet that continue to thrive.  Just in the past year we have added to the lineup the Adult Spelling Bee, a social security educational seminar, and a whole week of Public Safety Appreciation to show our first responders how much they mean to us in addition to the normal activities of ribbon cuttings and open houses for new members.  Also, during my past service on the Chamber Board, I am proud to have been a part of our Chamber’s enhanced designations such as being named a “Georgia Certified Chamber”, “Georgia Work Ready”, “Georgia Entrepreneur Friendly”, and a “Georgia Camera Ready Community”.
It truly has been an honor and a pleasure serving as your Chairman for the past year, and I am humbled to serve another term.  Partnered with strong county leadership, our Chamber continues to work diligently to bring businesses and citizens together so we can grow and prosper, yet remain the close-knit community that we all know and love.
So, enjoy some boiled peanuts with an ice cold glass of sweet tea at your favorite fishing hole.  Wave and smile to your neighbors on the way back home.  Then cap off the day with some fresh blueberries on your homemade peach ice cream… because we love Lee County and “Life Works Well Here”.

Best wishes for continued success,

Greg Wright, 2016-2017 Chairman