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Dawsonville man appointed to state committee
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A community banker from Dawsonville was recently appointed to serve on a state committee charged with studying and identifying guidelines to be utilized in partnerships between local government entities and the private sector.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced William Wade, 37, as one of 10 members to the Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Committee.

"I'm looking forward to our first meeting," Wade said Monday.

The overall goal, he said, is to help develop "good guidelines to make sure that if there are private-public partnerships, that they are done so in the best interest of the public when it concerns taxpayers."

The new committee would then report its findings back to the state legislature.

"This committee's task is to outline the guidelines for what will be utilized and potentially available to those different agencies and different entities as they consider potential public private partnerships," Wade said. "I will be bringing my experience in the banking industry, as well as being on the board of education."

As chairman of the Dawson County Board of Education and president-elect of the Georgia School Boards Association, Wade said he believes he can offer a "good third party view" to the committee.

"Having been on the Development Authority [of Dawson County] in the past, as well as serving in other various capacities, I'll use those abilities to be a part of the conversations and hopefully come up with good decisions that will benefit the state," he said.

Wade is a member of the Georgia Bankers Association Public Affairs Committee, Georgia Mountains Regional Commission and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Georgia and a graduate degree from the Georgia Bankers Association through its partnership with the University of Georgia.