Georgia’s first new ag leader in 41 years revamps business plan

03/21/2011 01:49:39 PM
Jim Offner

“We want to be laser-like there,” he said.

The Atlanta Farmers Market is a key tool that can grow, Black said.

“I still think it’s an asset we’ll have to polish up,” he said. “There are a lot of people who rely on it. There’s tremendous business there, and it’s been there for years and years and years. We need to be there in everything we do. Location is an asset in these times, and we’ve got to take this hard asset and make it the best it can be.”

Vendors said they look forward to the new era on the market.

Mike Jardina, president of J.J. Jardina Co. Inc., said he likes what he has seen in Black’s first weeks on the job.

“I’ve had some conversations with Gary, and we’re on the right track to at least clean up the market, and we’re going to have some discussions down the road as to how we’re going to move forward,” he said.

“We’re sort of in a transition period now, and there are not a lot of details. But we’re going to put some groups together to have discussions over the next couple of months. It’s a little early to know what Gary has up his sleeve.”


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