This week in georgia-12...

They always say time flies when you’re having fun, and I can’t believe I just wrapped up a five week district work period!
This is my favorite time of year because I get to meet with amazing people across the 12th district! As of today, I’ve visited every county in the district in August– all 19 of them! In this week’s newsletter I’ve included some of the people places and businesses I visited over the past two weeks. To see what I was up to the first three weeks, click here

I had a delicious lunch at Boneyard BBQ in Soperton!

After lunch, I had the opportunity visit Dennard Drug.

It was a pleasure to meet their amazing employees!

 While in Soperton, I also visited Edge’s Aquatic Services.

Family owned and operated since 1990, Edge’s Aquatic Services is a 300 acre fish farm servicing and stocking ponds. Keith and Kim Edge gave me a tour of the facility and taught me more about the ins and outs of their business.

 It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Alveda King at the Georgia Right to Life Southern Dinner!

I also had the opportunity to join members of Augusta First Baptist Church for their 200th Anniversary celebration.

 In Augusta, I also attended the India Day Celebration, hosted by the Indo-American Cultural Association. Thanks for having me!

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour Fort Gordon.

It is always great to get a chance to receive updates on Fort Gordon, home of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence. I learned more about our defensive and offensive cyberspace capabilities. We must equip a 21st century military, and I am proud to say that we are at the forefront of cyber innovation here in Georgia-12!

 After my tour of Fort Gordon, I joined Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for a panel discussion regarding future cyber opportunities in our area.

Thanks to the Tatnall & Toombs County Farm Bureau for having me!

We had a great discussion about the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill! I assured them that I will work hard with my colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee to craft the best possible bill for our Georgia-12 farmers.

 I stopped by McDonald’s in Dublin for breakfast and ran into many constituents. It’s always a pleasure to hear from people in my district!

While in Dublin, I toured the Dublin Eye Surgery Center. 

Thank you for the tour! I enjoyed learning more about your facility and how important it is for our community in Dublin.

 As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I was extremely interested in learning more about Susie Dasher and Hillcrest Elementary Schools in Dublin.

Both Susie Dasher Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary are part of Dublin City Schools where they have offered school choice for the last five years and strive to be a world class charter school system. Even in elementary school, there is a focus on preparing students for their future and providing them with all the opportunities available to succeed. Click here to see a video of my visit with Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams!

 Thanks to the Dublin Rotary Club for having me!

I stopped by Deke Copenahaver’s radio show to talk about the upcoming legislative session and all the work still to be done in Washington D.C. Thanks for having me, Deke!

I also joined the Statesboro Rotary where I spoke with many folks about what legislation they’re hoping to see out of Washington D.C. this fall. One of the top answers I received was tax reform—and I agree!

In Burke County, I celebrated “Feed My School Week.”

The goal of this program is to bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in our schools by providing food from local farms. The ultimate goal is to provide all of Georgia’s students with meals that include 20% Georgia Grown food by 2020!

I was honored to join Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition State Director Nancy Rice, Lilly Bouie from the USDA Southeast Regional Office and local education leaders for this wonderful event! A special thanks to Donna Martin for her hard work organizing such a successful day!

Thanks to the Waynesboro Rotary club for having me!

I joined Mayor Hardie Davis and stakeholders for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Augusta Cyberworks location at Sibley Mill.

It is great to see businesses investing in our community!

 I also stopped by WGAC to chat with my friend Austin Rhodes. Always a great conversation with Austin!

I’m looking forward to getting back to Washington D.C. next week to work alongside President Trump and the Senate for the people of Georgia-12.  I hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

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Rick Allen
Member of Congress
426 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 | (202)-225-2823