Three local businessman have been chosen to participate in Leadership Georgia's class of 2009.
Travis Chambers is founder and chief executive officer of Columbus-based ERA Elite Ventures Realty.
Roy Dallis "D" Copeland, Jr. is chief commercial officer of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp.
Joe Ragland is president of SunTrust Bank's LaGrange division.
Leadership Georgia is a leadership-training program for young business, civic and community leaders who want to work toward a better Georgia.
Every year, the program identifies and trains a group of about 60 emerging leaders ranging from 25 to 45 years old.
Participants learn about issues affecting the state by visiting five Georgia communities throughout the year.