Thursday night, dozens of young professionals packed into The Pinnacle Club on Broad Street. The meeting was the launch event for the Augusta chapter of New Leaders Council. The group is hoping to expand and strengthen the city's up and coming leaders. Many in attendance say they are looking forward to making Augusta a better place.
Richard Peoples grew up in Augusta. Several years ago, he moved out west to work for Google, but about a month ago, he decided to move back home in an effort to improve the Garden City.
"I think Augusta doesn't realize it's own potential, as well as talent. There are some very talented people here in Augusta and that has gone undisclosed for some time now," Peoples says.
Several talented young professionals joined Peoples on Thursday night to hear Georgia State Senator Hardie Davis speak. Davis was in town to promote New Leaders Council. The non-profit organization is linking up young professionals and rising business leaders.
"I certainly have no intentions of being in elected office forever and certainly for the next thirty or forty years. And so, I think it's important for us to create vehicle for individuals to not only have that mechanism that will give them that exposure, but also give them that level of training that they can then be successful doing the things that I am doing and that others are doing," Davis says.
New Leaders Council is a 5 month program that trains and equips young professionals with skills to make them better leaders. Many in attendance are hoping to be the next senator, district attorney, or commissioner. And they all have ideas on how to make Augusta a better place.
"I know the city is growing because the traffic is growing. And one of the first things we can change is the just the infrastructure here in Augusta. Where as it was taking 10 minutes to get to work, now it's taking 20 to 25 minutes," Peoples says.
He is hopeful the NLC will tap into Augusta's potential. "What we don't know is what we don't know. But now we know," he says.
The application process for New Leaders Council begins September 3rd and runs through November 12th.
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