Jackson County Community Outreach awards banquet is Dec. 8


Jackson County Community Outreach will host its 14 annual achievement awards banquet on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The banquet will recognize some outstanding Jackson County citizens, leaders and businesses, according to JCCO president Jim Scott.

Honorary banquet chairman is Keith Johnson, human resources director of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and 2012 chairman of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Georgia Port – with Education – the Key to Job Creation in Northeast Georgia” will be the theme of the banquet, said Scott.


Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Center for Innovation for Logistics headquartered in Savannah, will be the keynote speaker. Siplon was recently nominated by Gov. Nathan Deal to represent Georgia on the U.S. Advisory Committee for Supply Chain Competitiveness for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Under Siplon’s leadership, the Center for Innovation for Logistics created and hosts the annual Georgia Logistics Summitt.

“Mr. Siplon will focus his message on the positive economic impact of the Georgia port deepening and expansion in Savannah on our state and region relative to manufacturing and logistics,” said Scott.

Siplon served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ranata Pittman, coordinator of victim services for the Jackson County office of District Attorney Brad Smith, will serve as mistress of ceremonies with State Rep. Tommy Benton bringing the greetings.

Tickets are $25 per person with tables of eight available for $250. RSVP by Nov. 30 but some single seats may be purchased at the door. Advanced seating can be obtained by calling Jim Scott at 706-335-3367 or Charlotte Johnson, who is chairing the banquet, at 706-335-5488.

Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the JCCO 2013 scholarship fund and the JJCO endowment fund. Jackson County Community Outreach is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity, also certified by the Georgia Secretary of State as a domestic nonprofit organization. Contributions to JCCO can be directed to P.O. Box 746, Commerce, GA 30529.