Economic Opportunity Authority

Description:
The Economic Opportunity Authority was established in 1964 by a Joint Resolution of the Mayor and Aldermen, Chatham County Commissioners, and the Board of Education. The purpose of the commission is to mobilize and utilize all the public and private resources of Savannah and Chatham County which provide services, assistance, and other activities in sufficient scope, variety and size to give promise of progress towards the elimination of poverty through developing employment opportunities, improving human performance, motivation, and productivity, and bettering the conditions under which people live, learn and work in the Savannah/Chatham area. It seeks to reduce conditions that cause poverty by working directly with poverty-level individuals throughout Chatham County.

Membership/Appointment:

The membership of EOA will be at least twenty-four (24) and shall not exceed a total of fifty-one (51) members, all of whom reside in Savannah or other areas of Chatham County, who shall be appointed or elected as outlined below the total membership of the body shall be divisible by three (3).  

A. Eight (8) membership seats, up to one-third (1/3) should be reserved to the County Commissioners of Chatham County, Georgia, and the Mayor and Aldermen of Savannah, Georgia, or their appointed representatives should they desire not to serve personally.

B. The terms of office of members indicated in Section A shall be dependent upon the terms and desires of elected public officials so indicated, and must serve at the pleasure of their constituency and as long as they shall maintain their status of public officials.

Min. Qualifications:
Must be a resident of Chatham County.

Term:
Five-year (5) terms

Current Members Appointed by the City of Savannah:

MEMBER

APPOINTMENT

TERM ENDING

John Ruehl

03/12/2020

12/31/24

Dr. Kim Jackson-Allen

11/10/14

03/12/2020

12/31/24

Leonard K. McCoy

03/12/20

12/31/24

Dr. Tamika M. Wright

06/21/18

12/31/21 UT


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For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Benitez-Figueroa, Administrative Assistant/Board Assistant

618 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA 31415
(912) 238-2960 ex. 151
email