Lt. Governor Cagle Appoints Rincon's Chap Bennett to Regional Planning Council

June 30, 2009

The office of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced Chap Bennett has been appointed to serve on the Council of Regional Commissions serving the EffinghamCounty area beginning next month.  The Council will serve as the primary strategic entity for land use, environmental, transportation, and historic preservation planning in their designated region.

"Chap has been an invaluable asset to the Effingham community's economic development over the years and I am extremely grateful for him to serve my office in this important role," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and a keen vision for the region's future growth that will undoubtedly benefit the area and our state."

Bennett currently serves as The Coastal Bank’s Effingham County Market President where he oversees the bank’s system-wide commercial real estate portfolio and manages business development projects in the county.  His professional accomplishments include serving as Chairman of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, president of the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, division chair of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia, and contributor to the Effingham County Hospital Board of Directors.  He was also named by Savannah Business Report one of the region’s “40 Under 40.”

Bennett has given much of his time to volunteer work and community service as a member of the Homebuilder’s Association, Rincon Lion’s Club and SpringfieldUnitedMethodistChurch.

Bennett, a native of Thomson, GA, holds degrees from Georgia Southern University and the University Of Georgia School Of Banking.  He and his wife Bobbi Jo currently live in Rincon with their three children.

Bennett will begin his two-year Council term beginning July 1.  The Council was enacted by the General Assembly passing House Bill 1216 in 2008.  The Council will be the official regional planning and development organization for the local governments and citizens in its designated region.   The Council will provide policy direction for the area’s short and long-term comprehensive planning and will serve as liaison between its regional communities and the state government.