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Dalton State Student Introduces Governor at Conference

Dalton State Student Government President Angel Dagnan introduced Governor Nathan Deal earlier this week at an economic development conference featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

Professor Yunus was the keynote speaker at the Social Business and Microcredit Forum hosted Monday in Atlanta by the University System of Georgia at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. Yunus is the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his pioneering work in microcredit, the extension of very small loans (microloans) designed to spur entrepreneurship to those in poverty.

The governor provided welcoming comments for the conference which also showcased business proposals by USG students to address a number of social issues facing Georgia communities. Dagnan, a business major at Dalton State, introduced the governor before the estimated audience of 1,200. She plans to graduate in 2012 with a bachelor of business administration in Management Information Systems.

Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker and economist, established the Grameen Bank in 1983 to create economic opportunity for poor people with no financial security. Over the next 24 years, Grameen Bank issued $6.38 billion in micro loans to 7.4 million borrowers. In awarding the Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee stated, “Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries.”

“I am excited about the conference and how this can be a starting point in addressing many of the socio-economic problems in the state of Georgia and elsewhere,” Yunus said.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said of the conference, “Our goal is to pull together a number of key state players in economic development along with our talent in the University System to explore ways in which our partnership efforts can better benefit Georgia’s economic recovery and possibly create the potential for new businesses and jobs.”

The conference was organized in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Independent College Association, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Department of Early Care and Learning, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Yunus Creative Lab, and others.

Angel Dagnan
Dalton State Student Government President Angel Dagnan
introduces remarks by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus
welcomes Dalton State President Dr. John Schwenn to
Social Business and Microcredit Forum.
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