City Manager Gives Update at the Hungry Club Forum

Benjamin R. Polote, Hafez Mohsin, Diana Harvey Johnson, Pete Liakakis, Carol Bell, Rob Hernandez. Bishop Willie Ferrell, Kimberly G. Middleton and Todd Holloway.
Benjamin R. Polote, Hafez Mohsin, Diana Harvey Johnson, Pete Liakakis, Carol Bell, Rob Hernandez. Bishop Willie Ferrell, Kimberly G. Middleton and Todd Holloway.
The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. ís (HCFS) held its regular monthly Signature Roundtable and Open Forum of Saturday October 14, 2017, in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA. The breakfast forum featured an update from Savannah City Manager Rob Hernandez on the City of Savannah’s short and long-tern visions and goals. Hernandez highlighted initiatives that stretched across the landscape of the City.

The robust dialogue generated brought forth varied issues and concerns of the diverse cross-section of the community in attendance. The audience consisted of neighborhood leaders and community activists, business owner, elected officials, clergy, a delegation from the Waters Avenue Business Association (WABA), leadership from ILA-Local 1414, Savannah Housing Authority, and other individuals and organizations. Kimberly G. Middleton, HCFS President, presided.

In the Open Forum, topics and issues discussed included plans for the Arena on the Westside, the expansion of the Canal District, Waters Avenue development, the need for an SCMPD precinct on the eastside, the City’s water and sewerage billing crisis, the need for more programs and services addressing the needs of youths and the elderly, the lack of business and economic development inthe African American community in general, the I-16 flyover and non-action on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. / Montgomery Street Corridor and others.

Hernandezís visit was a follow-up to his January 2017 presentation: Visions and Strategies for the City of Savannah. Mr. Hernandez, in his second year as Savannah City Manager, is an ICMA-Credentialed Manager with more than twenty years of progressive and responsible local government management experience. He re-joined Broward County in July 2013 as Deputy County Administrator. Previously, he served as Deputy City Manager for the City of Coral Springs overseeing various city functions as well as the cityís community redevelopment agency.

Dr. J. Alphonso Dandy and Jacqueline Tomlin of the Antioch Foot & Ankle Group participated in the HCFSí Co-Sponsorship Spotlight, informing those in attendance of the services of Antioch especially is focus on healthy lifestyles and diabetic foot care. Dr. Dandy also introduced the mission and concept of the Dandy Youth Development Corporation.

The next HCFS will be held on Saturday November 18, 2017, SCMPD Chief Joseph H. Jack Lumpkin will come to share information and insights. For more information, please E-mail hungryclubforumsav@earthlink.net or call Julia M. Wright at 912- 233-0855 or Diana Harvey Johnson at 927-8425.

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