The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce appears to have hired a winner as its new president, Michigan go-getter Sue Parr. The advantage of an outsider is that fresh eyes can often see opportunities that get by those of us whose vision may be blurred by familiarity and, sometimes, cynicism.
Ms. Parr's perspective is not only that of a newcomer, but also of a woman, the first to head up the local chamber. She won't take office until Oct. 24, but she already realizes the opportunities and challenges that await her here. "(Augusta) is such a beautiful, vibrant city with so much to offer," she said. "I am honored and thrilled with this opportunity."
And we're delighted she feels that way. Her optimism fits nicely with what we believe about our city: that the private sector is on the cusp of great things and the chamber has a vital midwife's role to play. In light of Tuesday's election of Ed Tarver to the state Senate, we're even encouraged to think that the city's public sector - which for years has been an impediment to progress - may be on the mend.
Indeed, these could be exciting times for the Garden City and with the experience Ms. Parr, 47, gained since 1990 as a senior top official at Michigan's 1,700-member Lansing Regional Chamber, she's clearly qualified to head up Augusta's 1,200-member business organization. James Kendrick, Augusta Metro's chairman, in announcing the appointment, said "We have made an excellent choice" - an assessment we agree with.
Welcome to Augusta, Sue Parr. May you, your family and the chamber prosper during your tenure - which we hope will be long and fruitful.