U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga.-01, welcomed the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce to Washington, D.C., for their annual legislative fly-in last week. Nearly 50 local elected officials and community, chamber and business leaders attended the meeting to discuss their priorities with Georgia’s congressional delegation.
“When communities work together to advance their priorities, it makes a big difference. Hearing directly from community leaders helps us and our staff members better understand our constituents’ needs and goals and offer more effective representation,”said Isakson. “I especially want to thank Woody Woodside for his nearly 34 years of service and leadership as president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber, and I wish him the best in his retirement later this year.”
“For six consecutive years, Georgia has been named the best state in the country in which to do business,” said Perdue. “Groups like the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber help maintain Georgia’s business-friendly climate that continues to attract some of the country’s most successful companies to the state. I also want to thank my good friend Woody Woodside for leading the chamber for the past 34 years and working to ensure our Coastal Georgia community reaches its full economic potential.”
“I always enjoy when the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce visits DC,” said Carter. “It’s very helpful to have local officials and representatives from the many organizations, businesses and community groups in the Golden Isles in Washington to discuss the important issues impacting the area. This year’s visit is extra special as it is Woody Woodside’s last year serving as president of the chamber. I want to thank Woody for his life-long dedication to our area. Woody has dedicated his career to public service and without him, Coastal Georgia would likely look very different than it does today.”
Priorities that were discussed during the meeting included continued support for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, wetlands permitting issues, the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization, continued support for maintenance of the Port of Brunswick, health care costs and prescription drug pricing, regulatory relief for Glynn County’s airports, and federal opportunity zones created through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2018.
The group also thanked Isakson and Carter for their leadership in gaining final passage of legislation to authorize the expansion of Fort Frederica National Monument in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, introduced by Isakson and Carter, was signed into law earlier this year.
Attendees included Woodside, president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, and other members of the chamber; Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey; State Representative Don Hogan; and representatives from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynn County Board of Commissioners, Greater Works Ministry, Georgia Power, Southeast Georgia Health System, Glynn County Airport Commission, Georgia Ports Authority, Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, and Savannah Economic Development Authority, among other business and community leaders.
During the meeting, Isakson and Carter presented Woodside, who is retiring as president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce after nearly 34 years in the role, with official signed copies of the Congressional Record that include Isakson’s and Carter’s floor speeches paying tribute to Woodside’s leadership and service to Glynn County. Also today, Perdue paid tribute to Woodside in a Senate floor speech, while Woodside and members of the chamber watched in person from the Senate observation gallery.
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