Have you ever met a person and wondered, after a few minutes of conversation, why in the world they are in Statesboro?
That was my first impression of Tanzania (Tan) Uganda Adams. Adams is a native of Troy, Ala., and made her way to Statesboro compliments of Georgia Power as its new area manager.
In addition to Statesboro, she is responsible for operations in Reidsville, Metter, Claxton, Hinesville, Glennville and Swainsboro. The University of Alabama trained electrical engineer began her career with the Southern Company at Alabama Power in 1993 as a power delivery distribution engineer. In 2001, she was selected for the Southern Company Leadership Development Program and worked in a variety of areas through this process.
Adams joined Georgia Power in 2003. Along the road to Statesboro she has worked in almost every area in the company including pricing and rates, transmission financial accounting and controls, power generation resource planning and most recently as regulatory affairs manager. It is one thing to have simply served in a capacity of involvement in these entities, but she managed them and left a footprint when she moved on to her next assignment.
She seems like a person who likes to be challenged and challenges others to seek ways to do things better and more efficiently. An advocate for green energy and energy efficiency, she can go on for hours about technological advances in wind and solar and how just changing a few light bulbs in your home to CFL or LED can impact our environment and your power bill.
Adams also has been involved in high level economic development in other communities and that is a specific area of knowledge and interest.
"There is no place in the south better positioned for economic and industrial growth than this area," she said. "The steps we take, how we plan and how we go about strategically and purposefully attracting industries utilizing to the fullest the great assets we have available to us is critical.
"As I get older, I realize that you do not necessarily plan every outcome but you do have to have a purpose of where you want to be ultimately. We, as a community have to say where we want to see the community become in 20 or 30 years. I love the fact that this community is so diverse in its opportunities and will enjoy becoming part of that conversation."
She has done all of this while raising her son, Imani, who is a student at Louisiana State University, as a single mom. Coming from a family of teachers, Adams has a thirst for knowledge and a drive to help others along the way.
If you look at her community and civic involvement, it seems that she has indeed made an impact everywhere she has lived. Adams said one of her proudest civic achievements was helping establish a "Women in Technology" chapter at Gwinnett Technical College. The program was incredibly successful and with her leadership it has made a powerful impact on the students who were members. It is an idea she hopes to replicate in Statesboro.
I believe if our leaders and community embrace Adams and her ideas, she will achieve her goal in leaving us a little better than she found us and that is a high bar. We encourage you to join us in continuing to welcome her to Statesboro.