U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, visted Albany Technical College Wednesday as part of her Georgia Entrepreneurs Tour to learn more about and to promote Georgia’s businesses. She is shown here with ATC Student Government Association President Aamir Greene (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — As part of her Georgia Entrepreneurship Tour this week, U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn visited Albany Technical College Wednesday to discuss how the college is working with area businesses to find innovative ways to train students to be productive workers and leaders in the workforce.
It’s the third stop of a tour where she will listen to education experts and entrepreneurs and talk about her ideas to help Georgia’s businesses grow.
The daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, Michelle Nunn is the former CEO of Points of Light and is vying to fill the seat of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who will not seek re-election.
“I’m traveling around the state this week, talking with entrepreneurs and business owners who are at the center of job creation and economic growth in our state,” said Nunn. “Georgia entrepreneurs are doing everything right but Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction are causing uncertainty that businesses are paying a real price for. These innovative risk takers deserve leaders in Washington who will champion policies that help them thrive and grow – not politicians who play political games that hurt our state’s economy. “
Nearly 25 years ago, Nunn co-founded Hands On Atlanta, an organization that mobilizes people to get involved in their communities. They mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers in Atlanta and this small idea grew across the state and the nation.
Six years ago, Nunn’s start-up organization merged with Points of Light, the legacy organization of President George H.W. Bush. Their work grew from a handful of volunteers to 4 million just last year. And the group’s budget grew from a few thousand dollars to $30 million.
Nunn said that experience is needed in Washington to bring jobs to Georgia.
“I’ve been a builder for most of my life, and I have worked with differing factions to create jobs. Right now that is the type of experience we need in Washington,” Nunn said.”Through my own work in the business community and starting non-profit organizations, I understand the challenges businesses face – especially those just getting off the ground. They are taking risks, creating jobs, applying their creativity to solve problems and succeed. Entrepreneurs need folks in Washington who will create certainty and fight for policies that will help them grow.”
She added having a father who served 24 years in the Senate is also helpful.
“My father is incredibly supportive of my effort,” Nunn said. “I can always rely on him for sound policy advice.”
Nunn holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard University.