Two OEA Members graduate from Leadership Oconee

Two members of the Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA) team recently graduated from the Leadership Oconee County Program; gaining a wealth of knowledge about team building, leadership skills and practices, along with an understanding of the organizational makeup of many of Oconee County’s government services, non-profits, and community entities. In the 2017-18 class were OEA team members, Daja Dial and Emily Hodge. Dial is the Marketing and Communications Manager, while Hodge serves as the Research and Data Specialist. They joined other leaders across various occupational backgrounds to effect positive change in Oconee County through community involvement. The Leadership Oconee County Program, sponsored by the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, provides leaders within their respective fields the opportunity to gain greater awareness of these issues and commit to a specific project beneficial to the community. The 10-month program included immersion days devoted to class topics including: Team Building, Non-profit Awareness, Arts and Culture, Justice, Education, Media, Health Services, State Government, Economic Development and Community Involvement. This year’s Leadership class chose Oconee County’s only homeless shelter, Our Daily Rest as their community project focus. The 20 member class raised funds to provide Our Daily Rest with industrial grade washing and drying machines, new mattresses and beds, and safety and equipment upgrades to the shelter’s playground. To learn more, visit