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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - Tankersley getting recognition she deserves
Jan Moore
Jan Moore

  Recently, it was reported in the Statesboro Magazine that Bulloch County commissioner Jan Tankersley had been named one of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians for 2010. Suffice it to say, it is a powerful list ranging from Georgia's governor to the CEO(s) of Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, and AFLAC.
      A tireless public servant, Tankersley is known for not backing down for what she feels is the right thing to do by the taxpayer whether you, or I, or anyone else feels differently. She is a person of conviction, and that has led her to a successful political career including her current tenure as the president of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.
      When I asked Tankersley about attending the Georgia Trend awards ceremony last week, she appeared very humbled by the whole experience as well as energized to advocate on behalf of Bulloch County. "I feel like an award like this helps put a face on our county," she said. "Every chance any one of us has to tout this great place that we live is an opportunity. I look at this as another opportunity to sell Bulloch County and the assets that it has."
      Those comments stuck with me as I read the editorial written by Georgia Trend's editor and publisher Neely Young in the February 2010 issue. His editorial focused on comments made recently by former University of Georgia business school dean and economic forecaster Al Niemi at a gathering in Atlanta. Niemi is now the dean of the business school at Southern Methodist University.
      Some specifics attributed Niemi in the editorial are that Georgia is underperforming relative to the national average. Georgia's gross domestic product is down 3.8 percent compared to 2.7 percent nationally. In 2007, 110,000 new homes were built in Georgia. In 2009, fewer than 18,000 were built.
      With a glut of unoccupied residential and commercial property, high unemployment, and 22 percent loss of household net worth on average for Georgians, Neely argues that Georgia needs an injection of new industry and the legislature needs to "make it attractive for cities and counties to promote Georgia's best assets to industries looking to make a move to our state."
      For that to happen, I feel that we need some very loud and powerful voices to speak from a grassroots level, and I would argue that Tankersley is one of those. I'm very proud that one of our own made the coveted Georgia Trend list this year, and frankly, I hope she uses her recently recognized influence to bring business and prosperity to our county and to our state as a whole.
      So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
      Got a scoop for Jan? Call her at (912) 489-9463 or email her at jmoore@statesboroherald.com

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