Posted: Thursday, October 13th 2011 at 2:53pm
Former chamber chief considers run for Congress
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - A former head of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce says he is considering a run for the new 9th District Congressional seat.
Clifton McDuffie plans a listening tour of the newly-drawn district, "seeking out the needs and feelings of its residents."
McDuffie says it is important to go back to the "old grass roots politics of talking to all the people and hearing their concerns and what their wants and needs are."
A major need, he added, is more new and expanded manufacturing with more economic development activity. Opening up and bringing their purchasing power to the area will affect the entire 9th district and especially local stores and businesses, he said.
Constantly, McDuffie said, "we are hearing 'We need you Clifton. You have always brought industry and manufacturing businesses to the area and we need you again to do it for the whole 9th district…we need jobs.'”
McDuffie says his major goal and reason for running is to make a difference and help bring in more manufacturing and processing to the area, helping people during the economic downturn.
McDuffie has over 40 years background in working with community development and economic development. Through his business, Community Development International, he worked with the City of Oakwood to develop its industrial park.
McDuffie came to Gainesville in 1981 to work for the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce (now Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce) as Chief Executive Officer. He says during his tenure with the chamber, he helped bring in many new, major industries that are still in Gainesville today.
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