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Georgia Grantmakers Alliance Site Visit
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
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The Role of Private Philanthropy in Economic Development: The Callaway/LaGrange Partnership

When: Wednesday, June 28, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Callaway Foundation and other sites around LaGrange, Georgia


In the past 10 years, the Callaway Foundation has invested more than $50 million in its hometown of La Grange, Georgia. Working closely with their downtown development authority and chamber of commerce, the foundation has built a new conference center, attracted major industry, and diversified its housing stock.

Our colleague Speer Burdette, president of the Callaway Foundation, has generously agreed to host our 2017 GGA Site Visit and show us around his fair city. We'll do a walking tour downtown and then head to the nearby Hills and Dales Estate, the magnificent former home of the Callaway family, for lunch and discussion.

10:00am – 10:15am:   

Arrive at Del’avant Event Center in downtown LaGrange 
(coffee and pastries will be served)

10:15am – 10:30am:  

Opening and introduction of speakers  
(Speer Burdette, President, Callaway Foundation)

10:30am – 10:35am:  

Welcoming remarks  
(Page Estes, President, Troup County Chamber of Commerce)

10:35am – 10:45am:   

Review of strategic plan for downtown and the Callaway/LaGrange partnership 
(Jim Thornton, Mayor, City of LaGrange)

10:45am – 11:45am:  

Presentation on downtown development projects  
(Bobby Carmichael, Executive Director, Downtown LaGrange Development Authority)

11:45am – 12:30pm:   

Tour of Del’avant and rooftop tour of downtown

12:45pm – 1:15pm:   

 Tour of Sweetland Amphitheatre

1:15pm – 2:00pm:   

Box lunch and history presentation at the Hill & Dales Estate


Optional tour of Hill & Dales Estate’s house and garden


Also, save the date for the GGA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 8, at the Cox Foundation Central Park Campus in Atlanta. More details will be available soon!

To add your name to our mailing list or for questions regarding the 
Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA), please contact GGA staff liaison, Will Kauffman.

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The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.