Coweta in Focus
Economic Prosperity Council focused on ... prosperity
by Candace Boothby, President, Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
(Editor’s note: Coweta in Focus features views of several Newnan and Coweta community leaders.)
One of the newer and more exciting programs at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber has been the creation and implementation of the Economic Prosperity Council.
The Chamber was delighted to work closely with the Development Authority to establish this group of business, government and community leaders to assist Coweta County in getting the kind of growth and people that will help us remain one of the top-ranked communities in Georgia.
Although this type of cooperation and coordination amongst leaders seems like a no-brainer, experience has shown that all too often, these types of efforts fail due to clashing egos and the sense of “who invented what.” In Coweta, cooperation trumps competition. We live in a community where good ideas are shared, improved upon, and implemented with much greater frequency than is often the case.
If you are not aware of the work of the EPC, don’t feel badly. Even though it is on the Chamber, Development Authority, Board of Education and county and city governments’ radar, it is still a relatively new initiative that may not have been “discovered” by many of the citizens of Coweta County. And we would like to change that!
Begun during the Great Recession, it was to be a starting point for when economic recovery began in Coweta. The EPC hosts all the major players that have a stake in economic prosperity, including the school system, higher education leaders, county leaders, mayors and managers of municipalities, downtown and county development authorities and of course the Chamber and business leaders.
Space does not allow me to go over all the workings of the EPC but one of the major focuses is to help drive solutions and innovations for improving the economic progress and quality of life through a marketing and branding program, “Prosperity’s Front Door,” to sell Coweta to the world. And to ourselves. We wanted to create an “attitude” about Coweta and what makes it the terrific place to live, work and play that it is. We still want to improve the way we tell our story because we have such a wonderful story to tell.
So please be on the lookout for stories in The Newnan Times-Herald about the progress we’re making. Be on the lookout for the phrase “Prosperity’s Front Door” that has been adopted by our community to help us tell that story. Know that Coweta County is considered one of the top locations in Georgia to call home, educate our children, and grow our businesses. Because that’s what it is and that’s what we’re doing.