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Group wants coastal industry input
Business leaders in the Golden Isles want to take a regional approach to industry by inviting neighboring manufacturers to discuss common issues.

A group of Glynn County industries began a quarterly roundtable in January and now wants to shift focus toward the entire coastal region.

"There is tremendous merit, from my perspective, for creating a forum for manufacturing to network with one another," said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority.

The regional group is still in the early planning stage, but Sparks hopes to reach out to local and neighboring manufacturers in the near future to determine what their needs are.

"The manufacturing sector is a very specialized sector and when you say manufacturing that can mean a number of different things," he said. "The issues that manufacturers face, regardless of the type manufacturing, are all very similar," Sparks said.

Those issues include finding qualified employees, complying with changing regulations and maintaining a good relationship with communities.

He'll raise the idea at a meeting today at the Southeast Georgia Joint Development Authority meeting, which includes Wayne, McIntosh, Brantley, Charlton, Glynn and Camden counties.

Sparks isn't sure what counties will make up the regional manufacturers group. It could be all coastal counties or just Glynn County and its immediate neighbors.

Whichever it is, unity would be beneficial.

"By potentially creating a regional venue, we have broader reach obviously from which to learn from one another," Sparks said.

* Reporter Nikki Wiley writes about government, business and other local topics. Contact her at nwiley@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 321.



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