Paulding Chamber Hosts Legislative Listening Day

Paulding Legislative Delegation

Paulding Legislative Delegation, L-R:
State Senator Bill Heath (R-SD31), State Representative Micah Gravley (R-HD67), State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Senator Mike Dugan (R-SD30), State Representative Kimberley Alexander (D-HD66), State Representative Howard Maxwell, (R-HD17).

Paulding County, GA – The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual “Legislative Listening Day,” in which all State Legislators representing any part of Paulding County came to listen to local city, county, and government officials, local businesses, and community stakeholders.  The focus was on issues facing the county and areas in which the legislative delegation could help Paulding County by having a strong, unified voice in the State Capitol.

Six members comprise the Paulding legislative delegation: State Senator Bill Heath (R-SD31), State Senator Mike Dugan (R-SD30), State Representative Howard Maxwell (R-HD17), State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), State Representative Micah Gravley (R-HD67) and State Representative Kim Alexander (D-HD66).

In addition to the government officials and businesses, the delegation heard from the leadership teams of Kennesaw State University, Georgia Highlands College, and Chattahoochee Technical College regarding plans for future expansion of their higher learning facilities in the county.

The Government Affairs committee of the Chamber of Commerce spoke to the delegation about the five biggest issues facing Paulding County and how they can help plan a better future for the county in the following areas: environmental & water, transportation, education, economic development, and healthcare.

The Paulding County Chamber holds this legislative listening day annually to help promote a strong business climate for Chamber members and to strengthen job opportunities for the citizens of the county.  It is a collaborative effort among the business community, the Chamber, and city, county, and state officials.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County.  She was elected to the House of Representatives as the Vice Chair for the Science and Technology committee and serves on the Special Committee for Small Business and Job Creation, Special Rules, Juvenile Justice, and Economic Development Committees.

Paulding Legislative Delegation with members of the Chamber Government Affairs Committee.
Back row, L-R: State Senator Bill Heath (R-SD31), State Representative Micah Gravley (R-HD67), Don Barbour of AT&T, State Representative Howard Maxwell, (R-HD17), Ford Thigpen of Westside Bank, Drew Ferguson (Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Tom Graves), Phillip Godfrey of Georgia Power.
Front row, L-R: Senator Mike Dugan (R-SD30), Scott Greene, (Paulding DOT Director), State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), State Representative Kimberley Alexander (D-HD66), Carolyn Wright (Chamber President).