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Ralph participates in advisement meeting with Obama

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Clayton County Commission Vice Chairman Wole Ralph (left) shares a laugh with Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, following a meeting of the county’s governing body on Tuesday. Ralph recently participated in a meeting of the Young Elected Officials Network and President Barack Obama.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Clayton County Commission Vice Chairman Wole Ralph (left) shares a laugh with Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, following a meeting of the county’s governing body on Tuesday. Ralph recently participated in a meeting of the Young Elected Officials Network and President Barack Obama.

Clayton County Commission Vice Chairman Wole Ralph recently got an opportunity to share some of Clayton County’s story with White House officials, including President Barack Obama, the county announced this week.

The Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, of which Ralph is a member, met Obama and his Deputy Assistant for Economic Policy, Danielle Gray, and Jon Carson, the director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, on Jan. 12, to discuss the national economy.

The session centered around remarks made last month by the president, on rebuilding the economy in a “fair share” model, according to a news release from the county.

The county explained in the release that information provided by YEO Network members during the meeting, is expected to be considered as Obama prepares his Jan. 24 State of the Union Address.

“Clayton County is seeking many options to give our citizens a fair shot,” said Ralph, in a written statement. “We understand that businesses choose to locate in communities with a highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce. To that end, Clayton County is seeking to put programs in place, such as Georgia Work Ready, that will offer our citizens the chance to learn new skills.”

Ralph mentioned higher education and the attraction of non-traditional industries to the county as ways of generating new life into the local economy. Two such examples, he said, are the offerings of Morrow-based Clayton State University, and the county’s film office, which works to attract movie shoots to the area, and is part of the county’s economic development department.

“We continue to work with Clayton State University to develop programs for our community, and encourage citizens to enroll in one of the University’s many degree or certificate programs,” Ralph said.

“Using our newly formed Film Office as an example, we are working creatively to bring more job opportunities to our citizens from industries that are experiencing an upsurge, such as the film industry in Georgia.

“Our economic times have changed, and we must offer our citizens the tools to adapt to these changes,” he said.