Thirty members of the Leadership McDuffie Class of 2007 took their retreat to Hickory Knob State Park and Resort in McCormick, S.C., Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27. The class toured the Clark Hill Visitor Center and Dam. The dam has been closed to tours since 9/11, and the class of 2007 was allowed a special tour of the recent $74 million renovation.
Friday afternoon Jon Coleman, Assistant Director of Administrative Services with the Georgia Southern University Department of Housing, worked with the class on group dynamics and interpersonal relations. Dr. Coleman received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and has 20 years of experience in group processes and development.
Friday night, City of Thomson Administrator Bob Flanders presented a program on McDuffie County and the City of Thomson. His presentation highlighted areas of concern and the opportunity the community has for growth.
Saturday, Donna Taylor Williams, with Human Capital Developers, worked with the Class of 2007 to identify community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This year's class took advantage of Mrs. Taylor Williams' expertise in government development to formulate their small project groups and lay the foundation for their group project design.
This year's class will tour the new county fire station and the new recreation building at Sweetwater park.
The state government session will focus on economic development and will include a presentation from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.