Gamechangers looks to change Americus

Some of the participants at the 2011 GeorgiaForward Gamechangers event. / Hatchett PR

As part of GeorgiaForward's work on statewide prosperity, 30 young men and women will be working with Americus and Sumter County to re-vision their future as a vibrant 21st century rural community. 30 of them accepted the challenge as part of the Young Gamechangers campaign.

People from across the state are part of the project including Gregory Burbidge of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Chantee Earl of Georgia State University. "The impact that arts can have on a community is huge: emotionally, socially, educationally and economically. And the fact that Americus has recently restored their historic Rylander Theatre is a plus. They obviously consider the arts important, and have already begun that investment" said Burbridge. ""It's important that we aren't just bringing ideas to Americus; hopefully bonds will be established with the people there, and as a result of that partnership, true progress will take place" added Earl.

Several local southwest Georgian's are joining in to help too such as Southwestern Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Justin Arnold

"The quality of life in Americus is wonderful, we just need to promote ourselves better," says Arnold. "This project resonates with me because I moved away and experienced life in other cities, but returned home to try to make a difference. I'm investing in the future of this community."

Young Gamechangers, will run over seven months and kicks off in Americus on November 16 & 17.