DALTON, Ga. Dalton and Whitfield County have a persistent talent drain, very low educational attainment levels and a poor self image, according to a study sponsored by the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.
On Tuesday at Dalton City Hall before more than 300 people, local leaders unveiled "Believe Greater Dalton," a six-point vision to address those problems. The vision developed by the group focuses on six areas: community pride, downtown Dalton, economic development, education, entrepreneurship and housing.
The five-year plans calls for $3.3 million in funding from government and another $2 million from private sources for research, marketing and other operations as well as to fund three jobs a strategic implementation coordinator, a downtown program coordinator and an education program director.
"We are glad to see such a big crowd because we are going to need all of you to get involved," said Bryan Hair, co-chairman of the steering committee of the Greater Dalton Strategic Planning Group, a group of local political and business leaders.
Rob Bradham, president of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, was more blunt.
"We aren't going to present you with all of the answers," he said. "We are going to present you with a vision and challenge you to ...