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CP2 elects new chair

Published 1:35pm Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Citizens Promoting Progress (CP2), a group of concerned local citizens, selected Phillip Young as its new chairman at its June 4 meeting.

“I feel honored that the group would want me to try to fill that leadership role for the group,” Young said. “What I foresee myself doing is simply trying to help them as far as bringing organization to the group, making meetings more efficient, staying focused and providing our group as a resource to the community.”

CP2 member Kim Baird said the group has been encouraging Young for a while to become chairman, and he finally decided to take on the responsibility.

“We felt like he would be good for the job, so we made a motion, and it passed,” Baird said.

Young said CP2 started out as a small group around the coffee table months ago, and then he got involved earlier this year.

As acting chairman, Young said the group will continue to pursue its immediate objectives, such as focusing on the education system, infrastructure, best practices and jobs within Alexander City.

“We just want what’s in the best interest of the community,” Young said. “Being a volunteer organization with really no authority, all we can be is supportive of the leadership of the community, through the (Alexander City) Chamber of Commerce, (Lake Martin Area) Economic (Development) Alliance or even through the city. We want to stay on top of what the issues are and then offer ideas and suggestions for the direction of the community by getting involved and seeing how we can help.”

Young said the ultimate goal is to attract more jobs into the area, but they’re “not wanting to duplicate efforts.”

“The main thing is that this is just a group of civic-minded business folks from here in the community that are passionate about our community, wanting to do nothing more than stay positive and optimistic about moving forward.

“No one is focusing on the past, just moving forward,” Young said. “We would love to have more people sit in on our meetings, attend, come in and offer suggestions and ideas to help us identify concerns around the community.”

CP2 meets Mondays after Alexander City Council Meetings at 6:15 p.m. in The Queen’s Attic. The next meeting is scheduled for July 2.

For more information about the next CP2 meeting, contact Baird at 256-329-0080.