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November 29, 2012

Georgia launches strategic jobs-focused defense initiative

Public-private collaboration will concentrate on economic development, workforce training


VALDOSTA — Williams L. Ball

A graduate of Georgia Tech, Ball has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors with a career that has spanned more than 35 years in the nation's capital. His 1988 appointment as Secretary of the Navy was preceded by senior positions in the Reagan White House and at the Department of State. He also served as chief of staff to former Sens. Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) and John Tower (R-Texas). Ball was also a member of the 1991 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission and of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves. He is presently a consultant and adviser to international business and investment firms, specializing in national security and defense issues, international economic and security policy, and energy. Ball is a trustee and former chairman of the Asia Foundation, a former member of the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board, and a former director of the Naval Historical Foundation.

T. Rogers Wade

Wade, past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and former head of Deal’s transition team, has been active in the Georgia business and political community for more than 40 years. Earlier in his career, he served as chief of staff to Sen. Talmadge. His experience in private industry includes senior positions with Watkins Associated Industries, which has major holdings in transportation, development, seafood processing, insurance and communications; and with Edington, Wade and Associates, a public affairs firm representing over half the Fortune 100 companies from the United States and Europe. A founding member of Leadership Georgia, Wade is currently active on the boards of the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, U.S.O., Georgia Motor Trucking Association, Richard B. Russell Foundation and the McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority.

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