Fayette County GA

Message from the 2018 Chair

Message from the 2018 Chair

Message from the 2018 Chair 


Despite the weather forecast, we had a full house for our third annual Fayette Visioning Summit. Themed ‘Envisioning Your Story’, the Summit was staged with a library, fireplace and comfy chairs for the perfect fireside chat.
The morning, I mean story, which unfolded chapter by chapter, shared updates and highlights from the four areas of Place, Economy, Education and Community. The story finale, while incredibly impactful, was filled with expertise, wisdom and a new character in the story called ‘love’.


Speaking of love, as you continue to read through this newsletter, I’d like you to take note of our story’s many successes. There’s everything from the passing of the SPLOST, to having three of our cities remain on the top 50 list of Safest Places to Live in Georgia, and many other successes in between. This is absolutely wonderful. Fayette County has so much to be proud of.


And speaking of proud, I want to publicly thank Randy Weaver as he ends his chapter as Fayette Visioning Chair. His vision, dedication and impactful efforts have made for some pretty big shoes to fill. I’m honored to pick up the baton and serve alongside an outstanding group of community leaders.


Our keynote speaker for the Summit was Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forrest.  Rob captivated our guests as he delivered a message that suggests that we, Fayette County, are ‘cooler than we think’, and that our differences are to be celebrated. He shared that ‘love is local’ and challenged us to connect with those who are different from ourselves; that perhaps sharing a meal or a cup of coffee would be the perfect opportunity to connect in loving and significant ways. You may wonder how Rob’s message was received. Well, he received a standing ovation. For those of you who don’t know . . . love conquers all.


As we look to 2018 and beyond, I’m pleased to announce that Dawn Oparah will be the new chair for Community with the Fayette Visioning plan. Dawn has been vice-chair for Community for several years and is stepping into the lead role. I want to thank Mike Stachura for his service to Fayette Visioning. He has done an outstanding job. Also, check out the updated Fayette Visioning website. The new look and feel does a great job of sharing our story. After the first of the year, we will be including video from the Fayette Visioning Summit on the website. Editing is underway now.


I hope you will stay engaged with us, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I also hope you’ll share this newsletter and encourage others to sign up for it as well. Lastly, I hope you will get involved with one or more of our implementation partners.


We need you.


My best,
Pam Reid
Fayette Visioning Chair