Critical Issues Forum

In 2004, HunterMaclean launched the Savannah Critical Issues Forum, an annual speaker series that brings together area business leaders, educators, non-profit leaders and political officials to develop potential solutions to important community challenges in areas such as transportation, education, and economic development.

The Critical Issues Forum features regional and local speakers presenting on timely topics in a wide range of fields.

The Inaugural Brunswick Critical Issues Forum was held in October 2012 and has continued annually with topics important to the Golden Isles business community.

Legislative Update With Jack Kingston

Congressman Jack Kingston, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, shared news from Washington, D.C. at HunterMaclean’s Critical Issues Forum.

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Improving Our Public Schools: An Update on the Passport to Excellence

Joe Buck and Tom Lockamy addressed the status of education in Savannah and Chatham County, focusing upon recent improvements in local public schools and how community leaders can support those efforts.

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Health Care Reform: How Will It Affect Savannah

Memorial Health President and CEO, Phillip S. Schaengold, provided timely insight into health care reform, with an emphasis on the impact that reform could have on Savannah area businesses and hospitals.

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D.C. Report: The Impact of New Federal Legislation on Savannah’s Economy

U.S. Congressman Barrow offered congressional updates and discuss pending federal legislation affecting Savannah’s economy. He also addressed the impact of the Economic Stimulus Package on Savannah and highlighted new challenges facing Savannah in Washington, D.C.

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Inventing the New Oil: Georgia’s Role in the Development of Biofuels

Ross Harding, Vice President- Business Development for the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center and Ron Barmore, Director of Project Development for Range Fuels, Inc., discussed Georgia’s role in the fast-growing advanced biofuel industry.

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Port of Savannah: Updates and Opportunities

Stephen S. Green, Chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority, and Robert C. Morris, Director of External Affairs at the Georgia Ports Authority, discussed past, present and future growth at the port and explored how local businesses can build upon that success.

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Building a Creative Class: How Successful Cities are Recruiting Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

Keynote speaker Peter Kageyama, president of CreativeTampaBay, outlined the keys to success in the twenty-first century creative economy.

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Georgia Transportation Issues: The Big Idea

David Doss discussed Bold Initiatives for Georgia, a comprehensive state-wide transportation plan which focuses on practical solutions to the Peach State’s current challenges.

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Building a World Class Education System in Savannah

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson emphasized the economic, social and moral importance of developing a world-class education system in Savannah.

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Attracting Knowledge-Based Businesses

HunterMaclean’s inaugural Critical Issues Forum emphasized the importance of attracting knowledge-based businesses to the greater Savannah area.

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