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Lake Authority members earn training certification

Members of the newly created Grady County Lake Authority completed required training and certification during a day-long training held at South Georgia Technical College in Americus on Friday.
The training was coordinated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Georgia law requires new and reappointed members of all authorities in the state to receive eight hours of training.
Lake Authority members who completed the required training included Edgar B. Smith III, LaDon Toole, Travis Bryant, Lee Gainous and Randolph H. Wind. Other participants representing Grady County were County Administrator Carlos Tobar and University of Georgia Archway Partnership Professional Sharon Liggett.
Only authority members Jeff Brown and Grady County Commissioner Charles Norton were not able to attend.
Under Georgia law, authority members have 12 months in which to receive the required training.
At last Friday’s training session the local officials heard an introduction to development authorities and learned the basics of development authority law.
Financing, community development, and project development and management were other topics covered.
The day ended with a best practices panel discussion.
Guest speakers included Saralyn Stafford, district director with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; Daniel M. McRae, an attorney with the Atlanta law firm Seyfarth Shaw; Rob Gordon, of the Carl Vinson Institute; and Clint Taylor, an economic development manager for Georgia Power Company.
The tuition for lake authority members was paid by the Grady County Archway Partnership.
The authority will be responsible for the management and operation of the lake once constructed, but the county commission will be responsible for funding and overseeing the construction of the lake.
The authority met for the first time in June, but have not met again since. However, county officials say the lake authority will begin work soon with consultants to plan for the location and construction of amenities at the lake site.
County leaders want to take advantage of lower construction costs at the site before the dam is completed and areas where construction is to take place will be under water.

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