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Georgia Chamber leader talks past, future at local breakfast
Clark: We are laying the foundation for the next 100 years
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Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers talks to a group of business leaders Tuesday during the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Power Breakfast in Gainesville. - photo by For The Times

Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark told a packed house of local business leaders Tuesday that the organization has been working on behalf of entrepreneurs for 100 years.

That’s a century of “ensuring that Georgia is a place where businesses can succeed,” Clark said.

“Now, we are laying the foundation for the next 100 years, focusing on improving our state’s infrastructure, education and workforce development, and overall business environment.”

About 100 local business leaders listened to Clark and others discuss the history of Georgia’s business community accomplishments as well as priorities for the years to come during the Georgia Chamber Regional Power Breakfast on Tuesday at Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

As part of the Power Breakfast/Lunch series, the events will be held all over the state through October, featuring Clark and Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers.

Bowers spoke Tuesday morning during the breakfast meeting in Gainesville.

“The Georgia Chamber’s partnership with the local chambers and our elected officials is fundamental to our ability to continue to attract more businesses and growth,” Bowers said. “We will continue to provide leadership and support to the Georgia business community as we work together to promote economic development across the state.”

Bowers was named chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power in 2010. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity.

Clark has served as Georgia Chamber president since 2010. Prior to joining the chamber, he served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and as deputy commissioner for the Department of Economic Development.

The event in Gainesville was the second of 12 Regional Power Lunches the Georgia Chamber will play host to across the state this year.