Third annual Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum (SEGA) returns with speakers, tours

The Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum (SEGA) is a two-day event that brings together more than 400 leaders representing neighborhoods, non-profits, civic groups, government, businesses and up-and-comers. It returns this year on Feb. 26 and 27, 2024 at the Kehoe Ironworks Building at Trustees’ Garden in Savannah.

Organized by Connect Savannah with support from Morris Multimedia, Georgia Southern University, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Georgia Power, the forum is focused on the collective potential to be greater through committing to new ideas, supporting growth of our emerging and established leaders, and by being purposeful in building collaboration from all segments of a diverse community.

Charles Hill Morris, co-founder of the Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum, says the 2024 event is important for Savannah and the surrounding areas because the city is in an era of rapid change. Leadership, regardless of one’s career field, is what determines the direction of that change.

“This community has a great opportunity ahead of it,” Morris said. “We can really achieve some great things by striving for excellence but also by developing relationships across all these different sectors. Building the relationships and hearing from some impressive people is part of what the forum is about.”

New this year are five different tour options which offer an experience unlike any other. They are off-campus, taking groups of attendees into the Savannah community for the first time in the forum’s history.

“These are hands-on experiences,” Morris said. “People will get the opportunity to have their eyes opened to a wider set of local issues. They will get to see things that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise.”

Tours are scheduled for Monday afternoon, Feb.26, and each is intended to give attendees a deeper dive into a topic of community interest while also providing opportunities for networking. These multi-stop tours are focused on a specific subject area and attendees choose which tour to go on. Tour options include: economic development and the I-16 corridor, affordable housing and homelessness, ports and logistics, higher education and arts and culture.

“It’s really a complete look into these ‘five buckets’ of society,” Morris said of the options.

The economic development tour includes a behind-the-scenes look inside the new Hyundai Metaplant and the logistics tour stops through the Georgia Ports Authority. A complete description of each tour can be found below.

TOUR SPECIFICS

Economic Development and the I-16 Corridor

The coastal region of Georgia is the home to the largest economic project in the state’s history. The new Hyundai Metaplant, Savannah Manufacturing Center and associated businesses will transform southeast Georgia and the Savannah area. This multi-stop tour will highlight the benefits and opportunities our area can expect from the anticipated growth while showcasing the enormous impact of new and existing industries.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness

Housing is a crisis across the country. So, what are we doing to help our neighbors to meet their housing needs? This multi-stop tour will look at our local housing challenges and will highlight services working with individuals and families to overcome homelessness and to establish safe, stable housing.

Ports and Logistics

The Port of Savannah is home to the second busiest container port on the US East Coast. With its rapid growth, the Georgia Ports is a vital economic engine to our state and nation, with an ecosystem of logistics companies and suppliers calling our area home. This multi-stop tour will take you to the port and highlight how the supply chain operates in our local economy.

Higher Education

The growth of opportunities in manufacturing, the ports, tourism, and healthcare require a strong, educated, and prepared workforce to meet our area’s current and future needs. Our local public institutions of higher learning are collaborating to help our community rise to the challenge. This multi-stop tour will highlight the ways these institutions are providing opportunities for our developing economy and our area’s residents.

Arts and Culture

Having strong, diverse, and vibrant local art museums are critical to understanding our history and culture. Our community is the home to the oldest museum in the south and to the best art and design university in the United States. On this tour you will enhance your knowledge and depth of our area's arts offerings and our shared history.

Travis Jaudon

Travis Jaudon is a reporter for Connect Savannah. He is a Savannah native and has been writing in Savannah since 2016. Reach him with feedback or story tips at 912-721-4358
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