Over the past several years I’ve spent a good bit of time visiting cities across our nation. Through these travels and regular…
For 9 years, Deke was the Mayor of Augusta, Georgia. In his tenure, he ushered in a new era of cooperation, progress and optimism. It wasn’t easy. The lessons learned in dealing with the nuances of city government have given Deke a unique insight on how to get along with, and get by, local government.
Building and supporting a strong University system is key for healthy community growth. Deke’s experience in higher education, including navigating consolidation, has given him rare acumen for dealing with this important aspect of city building.
It is one of the most sensitive issues of our time. In many communities, it is a reality that must be dealt with, and that involves a lot of tact. Deke’s groundbreaking work with race relations in Augusta has allowed the town to begin to realize its potential. He can do the same for yours.
He’s been given a battle flag. He’s been privy to some of the top level discussions concerning the Army Signal Corp. and Ft. Gordon. Under his tenure as Mayor, Augusta became the home for the U.S. Cyber Command. Deke understands the military, he respects those who serve and, they, in return, trust him to help further their mission.
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