l-r  Representative Joe Campbell, Representative Gerald Greene, Congressman Sanford Bishop, SWGRC Chairman Paul Nagy, Representative Winfred Dukes, Senator Austin Scott's Representative Charles White, SWGRC Executive Director Suzanne Angell, Representative Bil Yearta, SWGRC Vice-Chairman Anthony Jones, Senator Osoff's Representative Alyse Wolf, and Governor Brian Kemp's Representative Jody Redding

The SWGRC 2022 Legislative Reception


The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission held the 2022 Legislative Reception at the Camilla Depot on October 27, 2022.  The SWGRC Legislative Receptions honor the legislatures for our Region that work for our citizens year round.  Each honoree spoke of bipartisan efforts for the Region that has been successful in working towards receiving grants to improve infrastructure and the economy.  

The City of Blakely Receives a One-Million CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Award from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and administered by the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission

L-R    Kim Carter with GADCA, Chad Griffin with Still Waters Engineering, DCA Commissioner Christohper Nunn, Blakely City Clerk Melinda Crook, SWGRC Grants Administration Manager Brenda Wade, SWGRC Executive Director Suzanne Angell, and Region 10 DCA Representative Heather Sharpe



Dougherty County/ Feeding the Valley Food Bank Receives CDBG-Coronavirus Grant Award from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in the Amount of $3,685,864.00, administered by the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission!

l to r   DCA Region 10 Representative Heather Sharpe, Kim Carter with DCA, Representative Mike Cheokas, DCA Commissioner Sam Nunn, Frank Shephard, President & CEO of Feeding the Valley Foodbank of Columbus, Dougherty County Administrator Michael McCoy, SWGRC Executive Director Suzanne Angell, and SWGRC Grants Administration Manager Brenda Wade

News Release:  SWGRC Receives NADO Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award!

Contact: Joe McKinney                                                                                                                  For Immediate Release

NADO Executive Director                                                                                                            

October 28, 2022

202.921.4441 | jmckinney@nado.org   

Southwest Georgia Regional Commission Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2022 Impact Award


WASHINGTON, DC – Southwest Georgia Regional Commission based in Camilla, GA has received a 2022 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for becoming a community partner in USDA’s Rural Partners Network.


The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission Rural Partners Network (RPN) was one of three pilot programs chosen in the state of Georgia that was selected as a community partner.  Community Partners were chosen in areas with high levels of poverty and persistently difficult times.  The RPN is an alliance of federal agencies and commissions working directly with rural communities to expand rural prosperity through job creation, infrastructure development and community improvement.  Led by USDA Rural Development, RPN members collaborate to identify resources to help rural people build the futures they envision for the unique places they call home.


NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. 


Award-winning projects were recognized during NADO’s 2022 Annual Training Conference, held in Pittsburgh, PA on October 15-18.  The 2022 class of award recipients consists of 107 projects from 71 organizations spanning 28 states.  These projects are presented in an interactive “Story Map” developed by NADO that includes project summaries, partners, and images.  The Story Map is available online at:  https://tinyurl.com/38vbcczu   


“Regional development organizations and their partners have played an integral role in supporting local communities during this important time of economic recovery,” said 2021-2022 NADO President Misty Crosby, former executive director of the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, located in Marietta, OH.  “This year’s Impact Awards recipients demonstrate the many ways our member organizations serve their communities by promoting economic development, fostering resilience, and improving quality of life for residents.”


The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.

For more information about this award-winning project, contact Barbara Reddick at breddick@swgrc.org or (229) 522-3552.

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