Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler visited Sylvester-Worth County on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. He was accompanied by his aide Christina Smith and Worth County’s regional representative Lynne Jones. Commissioner Butler was treated to lunch at Southern Woods Plantation where he was welcomed to Worth County by several business members and leaders of our community and treated to good ole Worth County Hospitality. In attendance: City of Sylvester – Mayor Yearta Worth County Commission Chair – Fred Dent Downtown Development Authority Chair – Jean Brooks City of Sylvester City Manager – Autron Hayes Director Worth County Health Department – Gina Connell Owner Shipp Shape Lawn Service – Chris Shipp Attorney at Law – Jay Crowe WC High School CTAE Director – Melissa Edwards WC High School Principal – Harley Calhoun Phoebe Worth Director of Business and Clinic Operations – Stacy Flint University of Georgia SBDC Business Consultant – Rob Martin The Sylvester Local News – John McPhaul and Host of the Event Sylvester-Worth County Chamber and Worth County EDA Director Karen M. Rackley Thank you, Commissioner Butler, for taking the time out to visit Sylvester-Worth County and thank you to all our attendees for taking the time out of your busy schedule to welcome him into our community! During lunch, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler addressed the needs of the upcoming workforce in the State of Georgia and the resources and services that the Georgia Department of Labor have available. CTAE Director Melissa Edwards appraised the Commissioner of the fact that they were using Georgia Best with our Work-based Learning Students at the High School and that we just received the 3.2 million dollar grant for the College and Career Academy. After lunch Chamber Director/EDA Director, Karen Rackley took the Labor Commissioner, Christina Smith, Lynne Jones and Mellissa Roberts on a tour of 3 of our existing businesses/industry in Worth County. Special thanks to Benjie DeLoach of Southern Woods for a great lunch, Greg Williams, David means and Thresa Pope at Con-Agra, Gil Haskins, Keith Willis and Vickie Hart at Worth Gin, and Ronald Downs and Tony Bell at Coca-Cola for taking the time out of their busy schedules to give us a tour of their facilities. We truly showed Labor Commissioner Butler why we are WORTH it!