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October 23, 2013

Secretary of State: Home-building takes positive turn

VALDOSTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp believes home-building is moving in a positive direction in the state.

On Tuesday night, Kemp addressed the 48th Annual Home Builders Association of South Georgia's Meeting and Installation of Officers at the Hilton Garden Inn Valdosta.

As a former builder, Kemp said he's proud of what the Home Builders Association has been doing. He thanked the association for its amazing charity work in the community.

Kemp also said he hopes to see a future focus on small businesses. “The economy is built on the back of small businesses,” said Kemp.

From his point of view, Kemp explained he feels the state is slowly moving in a positive direction after the slow down in home-building after the recent economic recession.

The night began with a welcome speech by Association President Franklin Bailey. He also received approval on the proposed budget for the year and approved the proposed officers for this year. Rusty Thorton, who is one of the association directors, led the invocation.

A variety of guests were present at this meeting to welcome the new officers including Lowndes County Chairman and Home Builder Association of South Georgia Lifetime Director Bill Slaughter. He elaborated upon a recent trip to Washington, D.C., in which the future of Moody Air Force Base was discussed. He gave a glowing and positive review of the future of Moody.

“Moody is going to continue to be an important part of this community,” said Slaughter.

The night concluded with the installation of the new officers by Rob DeRieux, who is the president of the Home Builders Association of Georgia. Former local president Franklin Bailey handed off his presidency to Daylon Brown. Bailey will now be the secretary for the association. Joe Herndon took over as vice president, Hollie Bailey as associate vice president, and Alex Sharpe as treasurer.

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