2011-02-16 / Front Page

IMPACT EARLY

Mobilizing Early’s young citizens


Caitlyn Cooper, chairman of Emerge Albany, speaks at Jan. 25 Impact Early meeting, discussing her group’s activities in Dougherty County. Caitlyn Cooper, chairman of Emerge Albany, speaks at Jan. 25 Impact Early meeting, discussing her group’s activities in Dougherty County. Over 50 young professionals recently attended an informative meeting of Impact Early in the Blakely city council chambers.

The guest speaker was Caitlyn Cooper, chairman of Emerge Albany, a 450-member young professional’s group in Dougherty County. She discussed the success of their organization and projects the Albany group has completed. Caitlyn pledged to work with the Blakely organization and invited them to visit and meet with Emerge Albany.

A question and answer power point presentation was presented to prospective Impact Early members explaining the purpose and plans of the organization.

The event was hosted by the Impact Early board of directors Brad Hughes, chairman, Garrett Bennett, Chase Brooks, Ashley Collier, Ginger Cushing, Julie Jarrett and Eugene Menette.

Impact Early is a group of young professionals whose purpose is to attract and retain young talent in Early County. The organization mobilizes young citizens to support and lead events and projects that impact the lives of residents in the community.

The group’s focus is for members to work alongside local civic groups. Impact Early Board members have already assisted in hosting events including Spirit Night, Pumpkins On the Square, the Blakely Mural Festival tour, the Leadership Georgia Tour breakfast, the Republican Bus Tour and Christmas Tour of Homes.

Impact Early’s next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Blakely city council chambers. Young professionals between the ages of 21 and 49, interested in working to make improvements for Early County, are invited to join by contacting any of the board members.

Impact Early also welcomes supporting and sponsoring memberships for individuals and businesses that would like to contribute to the success and plans of the new organization.

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