Georgia Department of Agriculture

Commissioners Mark Butler and Gary Black set to attend event in Savannah Tuesday, Aug. 15


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Monday, August 14, 2017
Office of Communications

Commissioners Mark Butler and Gary Black set to attend event in Savannah Tuesday, Aug. 15

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black are scheduled to participate in meetings with dignitaries in Savannah Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Tuesday’s events include a trip to Daniel Defense from 9-10 a.m. followed by more activities at Dorel Home Furnishings from 10:15-11:15 a.m. A luncheon-meeting has been scheduled from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Coastal Center for Developmental Services, followed by a bus tour that will transport the dignitaries to the Savannah Botanical Gardens, Byrd Cookie Company, The Salt Table, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Savannah Coffee Roasters, FraLi Gourmet, Ambos Seafood Distributors, and the Coastal Center for Disability Services.

The commissioners will meet with local employers and other community leaders to discuss current initiatives and programs of the Georgia Department of Labor and the Georgia Department of Agriculture and its Georgia Grown program. Georgia Grown is a marketing and economic development strategy designed to help new agribusinesses grow and established agribusinesses thrive.

“We are proud to be working with the Department of Labor on these work force initiatives,” said Commissioner Black. “Agriculture is the number one industry in our state, generating a total economic impact of $74.9 billion and accounting for nearly 410,800 jobs. We look forward to visiting with Commissioner Butler as we tour some of our great Georgia Grown businesses to continue the discussion of targeted job growth.”

Then on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 9:40 a.m., Commissioner Butler will deliver the keynote address at a business summit, Employers in The Know, in the Program Administration and Resource Building on the Savannah campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology located at 210 Technology Circle. Congressman Buddy Carter of Pooler is scheduled to introduce Commissioner Butler. The business summit will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Agriculture jobs are an important part of Georgia’s workforce,” said Commissioner Butler. “I’m honored to be in Savannah with Commissioner Black strengthening the ties between our Departments and working with employers to increase economic opportunity for all Georgians.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a breakfast meeting is set from 8-9:15 a.m. on the Georgia Tech campus to focus on Savannah Buy Local and key employers in Savannah. Other events during Commissioner Butler’s three-day tour include visits to Hunter Army Airfield, a new Veterans Administration (VA) clinic and a local shooting range on Monday, Aug. 14.



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