Carpet and Rug Institute Co-Sponsors Annual Georgia Legislative Appreciation Reception
The Carpet and Rug Institute [CRI] and Dalton Whitfield Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Dalton/Whitfield Legislative Appreciation Reception on Monday, January 11, 2010 at The Freight Room in downtown Atlanta. This was the tenth year of the popular event that is always held on the first day of the Georgia legislative session. Three hundred and twenty people attended, including Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, Insurance Commissioner and Gubernatorial hopeful John Oxendine, U.S. Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, and newly-elected Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. Local representatives Tom Dickson, Don Thomas, and Roger Williams also attended the reception, as well as various state and local dignitaries.
Per tradition, guests were presented with commemorative rugs depicting classic Georgia scenes and symbols that were designed and manufactured in Dalton. This year’s rug design featured a Georgia Live Oak, the Georgia State Tree. Past years’ included a Cherokee Rose, the Georgia Capitol dome, and the state seal.
During the reception, CRI President Werner Braun said he took the opportunity to voice his support to delegates for several issues, including funding for a northern connector between Interstates 75 and 85 and continued funding for the Traditional Industries’ Program.
“The legislative reception helps us reinforce the message that Northwest Georgia is a powerful economic engine for Georgia,” said CRI Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Frank Hurd. “CRI and the Dalton/Whitfield Chamber are strong partners – we want our elected officials to be reminded that, even in hard economic times, effective economic development is essential.”
Representatives Dickson, Thomas, and Williams hold the 2010 legislative commemorative rug as shown in the January 2010 issue of Chamber Link.