Tifton Financial Literacy Event

Leroy Rogers Senior Center, 

315 W 2nd Street, Tifton, GA 

October 6, 2022, 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


REGISTER TODAY

Please note, this event is for businesses interested in partnering with us as a stakeholder in the Tifton Financial Literacy Initiative. Residents interested in participating in financial literacy courses should check back in early 2023 for more information on how to register.

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JOIN US FOR THE EVENT

Please accept this invitation to join the Tifton Financial Literacy Coalition Stakeholder Awareness and Recruitment event on October 6, 2022, to build the financial capability of the residents of the City of Tifton. The intended outcome will better equip a population of adults and children in Tifton to make good decisions on credit and better position assets and resources that are effective and productive. The positive outcomes from this initiative will result in significant personal, household-level, small business, and community-wide impact. The coalition will include banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, housing counselors, major employers, local governments, faith-based entities, public and private schools, builders, realtors, local media, and organizations such as yours.


WHY TIFTON?

As a significant city at the crossroads of central Georgia, Tifton has a population of just over 17,000. There are approximately 7,000 housing units in the city and over 6,100 households reported. Of the housing units, nearly 60 percent are rental units. Almost 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty level and over 30 percent of the population report not working at all in the prior 12 months, while an additional 32 percent report only working part-time during that period. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 17 percent of the residents over the age of 18 have not completed a high school level education.

City leaders are eager to improve the situation for residents. LAUNCH Tifton is the city plan that will create and promote housing options for residents, and city leaders are also looking at ways to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Tifton through this plan. The city has many valuable assets, including the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences with a full service conference center on campus.

Initial stakeholders in the Tifton Financial Literacy Initiative believe that a focused, concerted, well-funded city-wide financial initiative will better equip citizens and small businesses to create wealth, make better financial choices, access credit, and stabilize the Tifton community.


WHAT

Under the initiative, we will establish a three-year plan leading to the successful execution of multiple activities. Residents of Tifton will be provided access to strategically delivered and comprehensive financial literacy, property literacy, small business literacy, and homeownership counseling and training programs. The continuous counseling and training will leverage existing organizational infrastructure and benefit from new activities emerging out of the coalition. Additionally, counseling and training will be supported by in-person, telephonic, and online solutions, in both public and private environments.

At the projected January 2023 launch of the coalition, measurements of success will be established and the coalition will have open and transparent tracking and reporting of outcomes. The coalition will also build incentives throughout the community to provide rewards for successful graduates of the activities.


 STAKEHOLDER AWARENESS AND RECRUITMENT EVENT

At the Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Thursday, October 6, 2022, initial stakeholders of the Tifton Financial Literacy Initiative will come together for an event that creates awareness and solicits the commitment of the dozens of public and private stakeholders, including banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions, housing counselors, major employers, local governments, faith-based entities, public and private schools, builders, realtors, local media and organizations such as yours that are all important in making this mission work.


WHEN

Leroy Rogers Senior Center 
315 W 2nd Street, Tifton, GA 
Thursday, October 6, 2022 
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Register for event 

Please note, this event is for businesses interested in partnering with us as a stakeholder in the Tifton Financial Literacy Initiative. Residents interested in participating in financial literacy courses should check back in early 2023 for more information on how to register.


INITIAL STAKEHOLDERS

The following organizations are serving as the initial stakeholders for the coalition. Stakeholders are responsible for building the initial organizational infrastructure, recruiting other stakeholders, executing the October 6, 2022 event, and ensuring long-term success.

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STAKEHOLDER LEADERSHIP

Julie Smith 
City of Tifton, 
Mayor


Arthur Fleming
FHLBank Atlanta, 
Senior Vice President and Director, 
Community Investment Services

Larry Hanson
Georgia Municipal Association, 
CEO and Executive Director


Michelle Jones 
Money Management International, 
Chief External Affairs Officer

STAKEHOLDER CONTACTS

Catherine Sterba 
FHLBANK Atlanta,
Assistant Vice President and Community Investment Services Strategic Initiatives Manager 
csterba@fhlbatl.com 
404.888.8329


Abbey McLaren 
City of Tifton 
Downtown Development Director 
abbey@downtowntifton.com
229.391.3966 


Kay Love
Georgia Municipal Association 
Managing Director, Georgia City Solutions 
klove@gacities.com 

Dr. Tonja Tift 
Tifton Urban Redevelopment Agency 
Executive Director 
ttift@tifton.net 
229.392.8705 


Tara Alderete 
Money Management International 
Director, Enterprise Learning 
Tara.alderete@moneymanagement.org