DeKalb State of the County Business Lunch

On Thursday, January 23rd, the Council for Quality Growth and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the 2014 DeKalb State of the County Business Lunch. Interim CEO Lee May delivered the DeKalb State of the County Address to a sold out crowd of over 250 people.

Interim CEO May recognized that DeKalb County must understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that it faces as a county, and reassured attendees that the County is working with key stakeholders to develop a blueprint for the first time in DeKalb that will guide the county as it moves forward. He also underscored the importance of investing in County employees to ensure that they have adequate training, fair compensation and promotional opportunities, and that the right leadership is guiding DeKalb County in these government positions.

The Interim CEO’s administration is built on four “strategic priority areas”, which not only guide the County’s work but are also reflected in the 2014 budget that Interim CEO May delivered to the Board of Commissioners:

1)    Enhancing Public safety;

2)    Spurring economic development and job creation;

3)    Developing community beautification efforts; &

4)    Ensuring efficiency and ethics in government

On all four fronts, DeKalb County is making progress, and Interim CEO May outlined the plans that are being developed to restore DeKalb and to address the pressing challenges that the county faces.

To read a more detailed analysis of the speech, Council Members Click HERE.

Throughout his address, Interim CEO May highlighted the importance of collaboration and unity across sectors in propelling DeKalb forward to a more prosperous future. In his words:

“The prosperity of our County is one that will rest on the foundation of collaboration and unity. It will take the private sector and the public sector, the school system and the cities, the faith community and the business community to work for the overall good. We must seize the opportunity.”