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Search begins for Forward McDuffie director

Forward McDuffie officially started its search for a new director this week. A search committee began advertising the position that is charged with promoting economic development in McDuffie County.

The group that oversees the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and the Industrial Development Authority lost its director, Don Powers, to the Thomson city administrator position last month after the current administrator, Bob Flanders, announced his retirement.

The Forward McDuffie search committee will accept resumes through March 16 and begin interviewing applicants, according to Charlie Bellman, a consultant with the search committee.

"We're not under the gun. We'll advertise it, take a look and see," said Mr. Bellman, who ran the Augusta Chamber for over 16 years and helped restructure the McDuffie Chamber in 1993.

Mr. Powers said the search process for a new Forward McDuffie Director is expected to take between six and eight weeks. He said the job would be posted locally and on the Georgia Economic Development Association website.

Mr. Flanders has agreed to stay on and train Mr. Powers as the new city administrator for as long as he is needed, and that transition has already informally begun. City officials recently announced that Mr. Powers will begin full-time as their administrator on March 5.

Mr. Powers has served as Forward McDuffie Director for just over three years. The job includes promoting McDuffie County to business and industry as well as working with current firms to ensure growth and job retention.

An application and a job description are available at the Depot, 111 Railroad Street or at Applicants should send their information to the search committee at P.O. Box 87 in Thomson.

Web posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007

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