Pembroke Councilmember Tiffany Walraven joined 19 elected city officials and staff Sept. 17 at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta to kick off the Georgia Municipal Association’s 20 Under 40 Initiative, according to a press release.
The release said the 20 make up the inaugural class and were selected based on their leadership, experience and proven service to their communities and the GMA.
Here's the rest of the release.
GMA established this initiative to actively engage with elected officials and staff under the age of 40 and to better understand how the association can serve these leaders in both their local government and political capacities. The cohort’s dialogue and time together will be captured in a detailed report of recommendations for the association’s leadership. These leaders are set to meet again in Macon-Bibb County on Oct. 17 and back in Atlanta on Nov. 7.
“The 20 Under 40 Focus Group brings together some of our state’s brightest elected and appointed city officials under the age of 40. We hope to learn from them how we can better engage, inspire and involve our next generation of great leaders,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “Led by Kelli Bennett, Joel Wiggins and Charlotte Davis, three of GMA’s talented under 40 staff professionals, we know the work of this inaugural group will lead to more involvement and opportunities to serve young professionals. We also believe this will be a launching pad for new programs and ideas and lead to greater service for our 538 member cities.”
The first meeting was sponsored by the Georgia Beverage Association, and Ryan Wilson, The Gathering Spot CEO and co-founder, served as the guest speaker.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to all of Georgia’s 538 cities.