Mayor Eddie DeLocach Speaks at Buy Local Savannah Luncheon
VIEW THE GALLERYMore than eighty business members and guests packed the house at the Pirate's House Restaurant on March 24th to attend the monthly Buy Local Savannah luncheon featuring special guest speaker, Mayor Eddie DeLoach. As President and Owner of Tidewater Landscape Management, DeLoach has been a member of the organization for many years and spoke to the audience about his past experiences in business and how it has paved the foundations for his plans to run the city of Savannah.
After sharing his personal insights and a few jokes with members, the discussion turned towards the Mayor's Summer 500 program, an initiative that was organized to provide job experience for five-hundred rising high school seniors,who must meet a list of selected requirements and are chosen through a lottery system. The program aims to break the cycle in young people by teaching soft skills, money management, and expectations that must be met to be successful in the field they aspire to join after school. DeLoach encouraged audience members to participate in providing jobs for the program and many responded with their commitments that afternoon.
Realizing the importance of public safety and its impact on local business, DeLoach concluded his message by giving an update on the city's crime and the measures that are currently underway to bridge the gap between the private citizens and police department. The Mayor praised the efforts of Police Chief Lumpkin and informed the group that the first wave of new police hires have almost completed the lengthy training and education period and will be officially hitting the beat in June, adding much needed police presence to the streets. The Mayor also discussed the developing relationship that the Police Department has with the Savannah College of Art and Design and offered information about the increased camera presence at the college and explained how their new gunfire detection program is key to apprehending criminals effectively and preventing crime in many areas where the cameras are present.
Before the meeting was adjourned, Buy Local President, Dan Pavlin, made several announcements and presented a check for $4,500 to the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a result of fundraising efforts from a recent community event hosted local businesses, proof of how the local community can work together to make a huge impact.
Photos by Jason Smith with St. Julien Photography