The morning began with GRA President, Joel Harrell, welcoming both the legislators and GRA members followed by introductions and an overview from Mark Middleton. Next, the legislators and GRA members watched an excellent video presentation produced by GDOT.
Craig Camuso, CSX, then presented a very informative overview of the freight rail industry including many specifics for the state of Georgia.
Representative Erica Thomas, House District 39, addressed her new peers speaking about “A Day in the Life of a Freshman Legislator”. Having just concluded her freshman term, Representative Thomas was uniquely qualified to offer pertinent information on what to expect during their first legislative session and advice on how to successfully navigate their way at the Capitol.
Over lunch, highly respected House Transportation Committee Chairman, Christian Coomer, shared advice that resonated with both the newly elected Republicans and Democrats.