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Bowling a strong advocate for disabled citizens

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On May 8, at the Cobb Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta, Annette Bowling, the executive director of Albany ARC, received the Governor’s Award from Nobis Works. This organization, an Atlanta-based nonprofit created in 1977, is named for Tommy Nobis, former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro linebacker, with the purpose of vocationally training people with disabilities.

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Real Communities Initiative a cutting-edge enterprise

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Last month, in an effort to learn more about various initiatives the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is involved with, I traveled to Louisville, Ky., to attend a conference on the Real Communities Initiative. The goal of this project is to construct inclusive neighborhoods. And, to my pleasant surprise, the state recognized as being at the very forefront of this was Georgia.

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Marine base has huge impact on region

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When thinking about the Marines, the picture of large-sized muscular men loaded down with gear storming the beaches in some distant land we're at war with, as enemy artillery shells explode all around, comes to my mind.

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Connelly named GCDD vice chair

A 26-member agency established new leadership recently by electing two executive officers and three members at-large.

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