(L to R)Don Boggus, Tim Chason, Sonny Proctor, Becky Denney, Kirk Raffield, Brandon Douglas
by Sonny Proctor, M.D. and Becky Denney
On Tuesday, September 3, the Economic Development Director Hiring Committee, recently formed by joint resolution of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners and the Jasper City Council, met to review information collected and organized by The Chason Group of Georgia, the consultant chosen to lead the strategic planning process and the job search of a new Economic Development Director for Pickens County. Using information from the S.W.O.T. analysis done by the Chamber of Commerce Collaborative Planning Committee, as well as information gathered by Chason economic development specialist Mark Lytle from over twenty key stakeholder interviews held in the community, information was presented about structure, location and governance of this newly organized executive position. A “S.W.O.T.” analysis collects and organizes information and data around strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and is the foundation of the collaborative strategic planning process. Tim Chason presented recommendations for the group around title, job description, structure and governance of this executive position. Using this information, there will soon be a posting for this important role in our community. Collaborative Planning is an economic development strategy recognized by organizations like the Department of Community Affairs and others as a form of planning to help municipalities and counties come together for the better good. There may be even more exciting news concerning collaboration in the very near future. The committee, co-chaired by Commissioner Becky Denney and Jasper City Councilman Sonny Proctor, hopes to have a hire with a strategic and implementation plan in place in the next few months. Other members of the committee include Don Boggus, the Chairman of the Pickens County Development Authority, Todd Payne, the President/C.E.O. of Amicalola EMC, City Councilman Kirk Raffield, and Jasper City Manager Brandon Douglas.
March Chamber Community Breakfast
By: Jackson Leake
The Chamber Community Breakfast was held Tuesday, March 14th, 2017. Attendees arrived to a delicious breakfast catered by Chick-Fil-A and networked with over 100 people in attendance before beginning the program.
Donna Torres’ Welcome and the Invocation was followed by our new member welcome by Chamber Ambassador Matt Youngblood of WYYZ – 1490 AM and 102.7 FM – The Croc, which included: Higgins Party Rentals, Sunrise Veterinary Hospital, Law Offices of Brian Westbrook, and Serenity 7 Salon. We encourage the community to reach out to these new members and learn about the services they offer. In addition, March’s Large Business of the Month, a program sponsored by Community Bank of Pickens County, was awarded to Amicalola EMC.
The March Chamber Community Breakfast was sponsored by North Georgia Pregnancy Center and Pat Page spoke on their behalf. After the sponsor remarks, the program was concluded by giving away door prizes donated by: the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Carriage House, A Love to Travel, Chattahoochee Technical College, North Georgia Pregnancy Center, Renasant Bank, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, ETC, Whitestone Valley Landfill, Bojangles, and Community Bank of Pickens County.
This month’s Community Breakfast also featured the Annual Church Showcases. The churches that participated were: Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Jasper United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, First Baptist Church of Jasper, Cool Springs Baptist Church, and King of Kings Lutheran Church.
The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly breakfast with the next scheduled breakfast on Tuesday, April 11th. This is a great opportunity for members to network and make great business connections. Registration can be found online at www.pickenschamber.com under the “Calendar” section. For more information about the breakfast or any other events hosted by the Chamber, please call 706-692-5600.
Amicalola EMC’s Bright Ideas grant program is a competition designed to reward teachers who take the time to plan, research and put into action a creative learning experience for students. (more…)