Rep. Smith, Zac Brown among ‘Most Influential’

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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For the fourth year in a row, State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

The annual list of Georgia’s most powerful and prominent citizens is put out each January by “Georgia Trend” magazine.

Joining Smith on the list are Peachtree City resident Chris Clark, who is president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, as well as country music star Zac Brown, who has a music venue in Senoia.

Clark is a former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and former executive director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. He is also the former president and CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority.

Besides being a country music superstar, Brown owns the Southern Ground Social Club, a restaurant and performance venue in Senoia, and is founder of Camp Southern Ground in Fayette County. Camp Southern Ground, which is currently in the development stages, will be a camp for children with special needs as well as for those with typical needs.

Smith is the chairwoman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and has represented Coweta County in the Georgia House of Representatives since 1997.

Smith was recognized for being an accomplished legislator, business person and civic leader, as well as for her leadership in developing Georgia’s water plan. Smith authored legislation modifying the successful brownfields program, which offers liability protection and tax incentives for those who clean up environmentally damaged land.

“I am humbled to be selected by Georgia Trend as one of 100 Most Influential Georgians for the fourth year in a row, but truly, the honor comes from being elected as House District 70’s voice on state issues,” Smith said. “As a state representative, this distinction really means that my constituents in Coweta and Carroll are among the most influential Georgians because I can take their ideas and beliefs to the Georgia Capitol and work hard to ensure that those beliefs are heard.”

In addition to the top 100 list, this month’s issue of “Georgia Trend” named Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed the 2014 “Georgian of the Year."



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