Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made another trip out of Tbilisi to get to know Georgia’s unique regions. In Telavi, the Ambassador met with Telavi Mayor Shota Nareklishvili and Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili to discuss the region’s plans for tourism development, economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and upcoming elections.
Ambassador Degnan also met with alumni of the USAID-supported Telavi Democracy School, who are working with local government representatives to solve everyday problems and help Georgia build a more citizen-centered democracy. They discussed the importance of civic engagement at the local level and ways to strengthen democracy in Georgia. Democracy Schools are part of USAID’s DRIVE Democracy program implemented by the Eastern European Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (EECMD).
Ambassador Degnan joined Mayor Nareklishvili on a tour of Erekle II’s Castle and also visited the Alexandre Chavchavadze House and Garden, two of Kaheti’s most renowned cultural landmarks.