The Standard Journal

Roundtable for manufactur­ers is scheduled for Thursday

- By Kevin Myrick Editor

This week brings about something new for local manufactur­ers across Polk County: a chance to share informatio­n and ideas.

Developmen­t Authority of Polk County (DAPC) President Missy Kendrick said this Thursday marks the needed beginning of a Manufactur­er’s Roundtable she plans to hold quarterly for those building products locally.

The whole idea is to bring together local plant managers and members of upper management with local leadership in a bid to get all parties working together, and sharing informatio­n about what is happening in local government and manufactur­ers alike.

Kendrick said The HON Company in Cedartown is hosting the first roundtable session on Thursday for the invite-only session.

Her overall hope is that by industries sharing informatio­n with each other, it will help lead to the developmen­t of local economic growth through potential partnershi­ps and projects between companies, or even lend in helping develop prospects for future industries to move to the community.

“In a lot of cases, our industries don’t even know each other,” Kendrick said.

“So we want to introduce them to each other and allow for each to support the other.”

The roundtable meeting comes as Kendrick has now settled into her role as the DAPC president following her start back in fall of 2016 in the job.

Among the many projects Kendrick said she is busy at work on and discussed during the latest DAPC board meeting on Feb. 10 is one in particular she sees as an immediate need for Polk County: developing leadership.

She said the return of the leadership class begins with the need for residents who are interested in participat­ing to register for the program, which she will be taking through e-mail at missykendr­ick@polkgeorgi­a.com. Find registrati­on forms to e-mail back to Kendric in the online version of this story later in the week.

Though Kendrick said to the Polk County Chamber of Commerce board back in January that the program was moving forward with the ideal date in mind for classes to begin in the summer, she wanted to move forward with the registrati­on process early to ensure plenty of opportunit­y for signups before students are selected for the program’s return.

Kendrick has been working on the organizati­on and structure of the program in a joint venture between the Chamber and the DAPC.

The DAPC board also heard about the finishing up of new gateway entry signage put up along the major thoroughfa­res coming into Polk County, replacing the “Where Folks are Friendly” signage which had been put up more than a decade before.

Board members also heard updates on the work being done by the Landfill Citizens Advisory Committtee and on Kendrick’s upcoming travel schedule for the month of February, which includes meetings and workshops with the Georgia Academy for Economic Developmen­t, the West Georgia Joint Developmen­t Authority and more.

Kendrick is specifical­ly interested on one workshop coming up that might help Polk County attract the kind of industry it seeks, coming with several hundred new jobs, to “better prepare community to attract auto suppliers.”

 ?? Kevin Myrick / Standard Journal ?? New gateway entry signage for Polk County greets visitors and residents alike along U.S. 27 South at the Polk County line. New signs have been put up along all the major thoroughfa­res entering the county in the past month.
Kevin Myrick / Standard Journal New gateway entry signage for Polk County greets visitors and residents alike along U.S. 27 South at the Polk County line. New signs have been put up along all the major thoroughfa­res entering the county in the past month.

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