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A Message from the Chamber Chairman... When my family and I moved to Cherokee County 23 years ago, it didn’t take us long to call our new community home. I’m proud to lead a team of real estate professionals, and selling Cherokee County has never been easier, as Cherokee County sells itself! Cherokee County’s proud past and progressive future is infectious. Having raised my children and grown my business here, along with devoting much of my time to the local community, my involvement with the Cherokee County Chamber has been one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made. The title of this latest Chamber publication, Progressive Cherokee, truly defines who we are as both a community and an organization. The Chamber prides itself on being a member services driven organization whose mission is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life. Promote, expand, enhance. These words describe the progressive nature of not only the Chamber but our community. Through an increasing membership base, combined with countless volunteers and a supportive community, the Cherokee County Chamber will continue to achieve its mission. In 2019 the organization will be led by technology guru John Barker, owner of Delphi Global Technology. There is no doubt in my mind that John will continue to move the Chamber forward – just as our 2020 Vision Strategic Plan outlines. The Chamber Board of Directors and I look forward to meeting and working with you in 2018 and beyond. We appreciate those who created our foundation, are excited about existing partnerships and envision a phenomenal future right here at home in Cherokee County!

Julianne Rivera, 2018 Board Chair, Sold by Julianne-Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North

“Promote, expand, enhance. These words describe the progressive nature of not only the Chamber but our community. ”

Julianne Rivera, 2018 Chamber Chair Owner, Sold by Julianne-Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North



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Lake Arrowhead Live The Dream




Destination Cherokee


Cherokee County School District College and Career Ready


Recreation and Parks


Chattahoochee Technical College


Cherokee Arts Center


Elm Street Cultural Village


Real Estate - It’s a Hot Market


Women in Business


Must See - Discover Cherokee


Calendar of Events


Index of Advertisers

Convenience Meets World-Class Care


My Cherokee County Chamber

Economic Development


Newcomer Information



Continuing to Provide the Essentials

12 Reinhardt University Is On The Rise! 14

Kennesaw State University Learning To Succeed


Northside Hospital-Cherokee


WellStar Health System


One Year And Growing

Going Full Circle


Top 10 in 10


Ball Ground




Holly Springs



Young Professionals to Watch

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114 770.345.0400

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EXQUISITE NEW NEIGHBORHOODS NOW AVAILABLE Woodlands and Highlands Vista Ranch Style Homes from the $200’s - $400’s New Phase now open. Single level living with open floor plans, stylish interior appointments, outdoor living areas, and private, heavily wooded homesites. Market-ready homes are available for immediate move-in. Sanctuary Cove Luxury Lakeside Living - Homes from the $300’s - $800’s New 28- lot neighborhood featuring charming lakeside retreats with breathtaking views offering individual deep water docks. Limited opportunity.

Master-On-The-Main Townhomes COMING SOON!

Luxury Lakeside Living This beautiful master planned Mountain, Lake, Golfing Community is just 40 minutes from Atlanta, convenient to nearby Canton, minutes from the new, state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and the Premiere Cultural Arts Center at renowned Reinhardt University. The vast list of amenities is much too long to list here and includes miles of walking/hiking trails, pickleball, championship golf and a crystal clear 540-acre lake surrounded by picturesque mountain views. For the full list of amenities and much more information, Visit

Professionally furnished model homes are now open, showcasing state-of-the-art kitchens, spacious, open living areas, outdoor fireplaces and private outdoor covered rear patios for enjoying the mountain views. Top: Award-winning Model Home Above Left: Model Home Kitchen Left: Model Home Family Room Above Lower Right: Model Home Terrace Level

Residents enjoy hiking along miles of neighborhood trails, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, pickleball and all types of boating and water sports.

Lake Arrowhead -Value Redefined There is something really special about the lake and mountains. Serene. Peaceful. Transforming. The mountains are expansive and mystical, the 540-acre lake is deep, clear, and pristine. Together they make for the perfect mountain, lake and golfing community. Welcome to Lake Arrowhead. For the new year, Lake Arrowhead has opened a new neighborhood called the Woodlands. It offers large, heavily wooded home sites with new ranch style floor plans ranging in size from 1800 - 2500 square feet and priced from the $200’s. The beautiful model homes and Design Studio at Highlands Vista are now supplied with the latest selections and colors for 2018. Highlands Vista offers ranch style homes on slabs or basements, priced from the $300’s - $400’s. There are homes ready for immediate move-in offering golf course views and beautiful mountain views, all in close proximity to Great Festival Park, resort-style pools, the golf course and clubhouse/ grill. The portfolio of plans range in size from 1800-2600 square feet. Design-inspired features found in these plans truly redefine “VALUE”. Sanctuary Cove is Lake Arrowhead’s premier luxury lakeside neighborhood and showcases a limited number of lakefront homesites recently

released for sale. Each homesite maximizes the panoramic views of the lake and mountains and offers individual deep water docks. The inviting entry design for the neighborhood is underway and is close to completion. The Sanctuary Cove portfolio of plans range from 2000 - 3200 square feet that are priced from the $300’s - $800’s. Convenient, new master-down townhomes, located adjacent to the iconic Great Festival Park, are nearing completion. A first-time release of the plan offering, pricing and amenities for this neighborhood will be revealed to the “VIP By Invitation Only” list of homeowners prior to releasing to the public. These maintenance-free, master-down townhomes are tucked away among the towering hardwoods and provide the ultimate “lock and leave” opportunity for buyers that are on the go. New buyers who visit are being offered a “SNEAK PEAK” for this limited offering. The social aspects of the community are endless. Owners enjoy hiking along eight miles of neighborhood trails, outdoor concerts, drive-in movies under the stars, golf tournaments, wine tastings and health and wellness classes, to name a few. Our Lifestyle Director’s monthly calendar of events and activities engages our owners’ sense of adventure and enriches their lives. No matter your interests, age, or abilities, there is something enjoyable for EVERYONE at Lake Arrowhead. We invite you to visit our two professionally-furnished model homes, open daily and show-

casing commercial grade appliances, spacious, open floor plans and private, outdoor, covered rear patios with captivating mountain views. Come experience the serene, natural beauty and feel the lakeside breezes as you explore the homes that are being built. We are confident you will agree that Lake Arrowhead is a community that has redefined home value and quality of life. Johnson Development Corporation, who has more top-selling communities than any other developer in America, is at the helm of Lake Arrowhead, in conjunction with their Atlanta-based home building company, Majestic Lifestyle Builders. For more information, visit the Community Sales and Information Center located across from the lake at 2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive, Waleska, Georgia 30183. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 6:00 p.m., or by appointment. You can also visit Lake Arrowhead online at or call Lake Arrowhead’s New Home Specialists at 770-7202700. You will be glad you did.


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“College and career ready” serves as more than a catchphrase in the Cherokee County School District – it’s reality.


he School District sees its role as preparing students for success in either or both paths. Schools offer students not only core academics with advanced learning opportunities, but also the career knowledge -- hands-on and soft skills -- needed to succeed in the workplace. This dual focus begins in elementary school and continues through graduation. “We take our mission of ‘Educating the Emerging Generation’ very seriously,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We know that our graduates’ success is vital to our community’s future success, and we’re committed to preparing them for the next step, whether that’s to continue their education or to enter the workforce.” The School District begins with preschool, where early education programs lay a strong academic foundation and offer career exploration through lessons and guest speakers. In elementary school, differentiation allows students to advance academically at their own pace, with the AIM Gifted program enrolling the most advanced students. A pilot program launched this school year is testing a new Gifted model to further enhance accelerated learning for these children. All elementary school students explore careers through classroom lessons, guest speakers and field trips, with an emphasis on STEM paths. The School District’s nationally recognized Cherokee Academies initiative encompasses six STEM and integrated arts schools, and the best ideas developed in these innovation incubators are recreated districtwide. Video-conferencing with astronauts, mastering workplace technology (that their parents often don’t yet understand) and visiting manufacturing plants now are as much a part of learning as reading, writing and arithmetic. Increasing STEM education provides another path for advanced academics that prepares students for research universities and opens students’ eyes to possible careers... both those requiring higher education and those that they can start sooner through industry certification. The dual focus on college and career preparation continues in all CCSD middle schools, with 14 different high school credit courses available to meet academic 8

needs and free up students’ high school schedules for college-credit courses and career electives. Complementing these academic offerings are career-focused electives including technology courses developed in conjunction with Georgia Tech in classrooms equipped with resources ranging from robotics kits to 3D printers. Students enter high school in CCSD with knowledge and experiences that place them ahead of their peers nationwide. Over the next four years – or less given CCSD’s nationally recognized opportunities to accelerate learning and graduate early – high school students can fill their schedules with Advanced Placement (AP) college-credit classes and earn college credit, as well as take electives to earn industry certification in fields ranging from healthcare to welding. “I have a passion for embedding soft skills training seamlessly into my classroom environment so that my students will graduate with true college and career readiness,” said Etowah High School 2018 Teacher of the Year Brandon Grummer, whose classroom is a simulated architecture and design firm where hands-on challenges come with real-world expectations. The School District’s AP program has earned national recognition for four consecutive year due to the comprehensive course catalog and high passage rate. These classes provide challenging content and offer potential college credit while students are still in high school. Partnerships, such as a Georgia Tech program to provide “beyond AP” math classes through video-conferencing, further prepare students for research universities. For students focused on a dual path or solely on Career Pathways, CCSD provides just as many options and examples of success, both in testimonies from graduates now working in their chosen field and in the job placement rates, such as the 94% rate for Cherokee High School’s welding program. “Partnerships are vital to the success of our career programs,” Dr. Hightower said. “There is a role for everyone to play, among District partners: Credit Union of Georgia teaches finance lessons in our business classes and Northside Hospital Cherokee provides rotation opportunities for our healthcare students. School partners find many ways to participate, partners such as Chart Industries who forged an incredible relationship with Cherokee High’s welding program. We deeply appreciate our partners and hope all business and industry in our community will join us in our mission.”u

Cherokee County School District a glance

• 42,163 students

• Eighth-largest school district in Georgia •C  herokee County’s largest employer: 5,000 fulltime, 1,000 part-time and at-will employees • 4 1 schools and centers (24 elementary, 7 middle, 6 high, 4 centers) •C  herokee Academies: 4 STEM Academies, 2 Fine Arts Academies (school choice program open to all Cherokee County families) •Q  uality School System Accreditation from SACS-CASI (AdvancED) • 1211 average SAT Score – Highest in Metro • 23.2 average ACT Score – 2nd Highest in Metro • National AP Honor Roll – four consecutive years •A  P (Advanced Placement) Test passage rate – 3rd highest in State • Two State Certified STEM Schools (Clark Creek ES STEM Academy and Woodstock HS) •A  ll CCSD high schools named AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or AP STEM Achievement Schools  ll CCSD high schools named to the •A Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” • Two-time National MAGNA Award Program honoree for innovation in education • Top 10 District in the Nation for technology use – 12th year on elite list  .S. Department of Education Green Ribbon •U School District Sustainability Award winner 9


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Continuing to Provide Students ‘the Essentials’ for Success


hattahoochee Technical College (CTC), a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, effectively guides its students to success by providing them with “the Essentials” for: • quality employment • a pathway to additional higher education • a greater quality of life for its graduates.

To make this success possible, Chattahoochee Tech provides a high quality, easily accessible college education in programs of study that are needed by local businesses and industry. CTC also focuses on providing ongoing student support, networking opportunities and highly qualified instructors who are equipped with real-world industry experience. Two of the eight Chattahoochee Technical College campuses are located in Cherokee County, with one of these campuses located in the heart of downtown Woodstock and the other located in Canton. With 14,640 students enrolled at Chattahoochee Tech in Academic Year 2017, the Chattahoochee Tech campuses in Cherokee County accounted for more than 16 percent of the college’s total enrollment. The site of the former Woodstock Elementary School, which was built in the 1930s, is home to the Chattahoochee Tech Woodstock Campus. Following extensive renovations at this site, the Cherokee Historical Society honored Chattahoochee Tech with a 2017 Historic Preservation Award. 10

Among its educational offerings, the CTC Woodstock Campus features the popular Cybersecurity program and online programs. This campus also is home to the Chattahoochee Tech Interiors program which includes the Kitchen and Bath Designer Certificate that was launched in 2016. The historic gym, which recently underwent a $5.3 million renovation, now serves as a student center at the CTC Woodstock Campus. By joining forces with the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development, this facility also provides the community with a shared workspace known as The Circuit. Similar to a business development center, The Circuit offers its tenants training resources for preparing business plans, marketing strategies and increasing cash flow. Thanks to The Circuit, local business and startups have an effective place to network, host meetings or tap into training resources. The newly renovated facilities available at the Chattahoochee Technical College Woodstock Campus also offer opportunities to bring the local community together for unique and interesting educational events. At the CTC Woodstock Campus in the fall of 2017, for example, Chattahoochee Tech hosted a well-attended literary festival as well as a comprehensive symposium on the science and history of craft beer production.

Located off Interstate 575 in the northern portion of Cherokee County is the Chattahoochee Tech Canton Campus. CTC opened the Canton Campus, located in the 700-acre mixed-use development known as The Bluffs at Technology Park, in 2011. Since that time, enrollment has more than doubled at the busy Canton Campus location. Included among some of the most popular programs offered at the CTC Canton Campus are Early Childhood Care and Education, Air Conditioning Technology and Business Management. High school students who are enrolled in the Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program are able to take transferable academic general education college courses at both of the CTC Cherokee campus locations. These courses provide opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree. It is possible for a high school student to graduate from high school and earn his or her associate degree at the same time. There is no student cost for tuition, fees or books. CTC’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education (CCPE) serves numerous businesses and organizations in Cherokee County annually, ranging from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee County School District to Inalfa, Pilgrim’s Pride, Papa John’s and Morrison Products. The classes offered by the CCPE cover topics such as Industrial Maintenance, Basic Life Support, Microsoft Excel, ACT Work Keys and leadership training. Cherokee County is home to dozens of educational opportunities offered by Chattahoochee Technical College to meet the needs of all kinds of students. By working closely with business and industry to target growing and in-demand careers, Chattahoochee Technical College is working successfully to meet the need for work-ready employees throughout the state of Georgia. For more information about Chattahoochee Technical College, visit u

• Chattahoochee Tech is Georgia’s largest technical college, serving more than 14,000 students annually. • Chattahoochee Tech has eight campus locations serving six counties – Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties. There are more than 1.2 million people in our six-county service delivery area. • Chattahoochee Tech awards more than 70 certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 45 programs of study in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business and Technical Studies and Health Sciences. • CTC’s Dual Enrollment Program for Georgia high school students enrolled a record number of more than 1,000 high school students last year. • Chattahoochee Tech Foundation awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships and grants to 56 students during the previous academic year. • There were 674 total dual-enrolled students in Cherokee County in 2017 • For Fiscal Year 2017, the Canton Campus enrolled a total of 1,341 students while the Woodstock Campus had a total of 1,027 students.

FY 2017 Enrollment:

• Canton: 1,341 • Woodstock: 1,027 • Total: 2,368



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Is On The Rise!


nder the leadership of President Dr. Kina S. Mallard, who came to Reinhardt in the spring of 2015, the University has expanded its offerings across campus in all Schools: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Mathematics & Sciences, and Performing Arts as well as in its newest School, Nursing and Health Sciences. “When I arrived at Reinhardt in early 2015, the University’s Board and leadership had plans for offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in January of this year this program launched with a class of almost 30 nurses who will graduate in 2020. We are extremely proud of our founding dean and faculty, our community partners and many other friends of the University who have made a successful launch of this new School a reality,” President Mallard said. “Plans are already in place to offer an RN to BSN program online beginning in the fall of 2018.” In addition to nursing, new programs are emerging to meet the demands of a growing, thriving community of learners, from traditional undergraduate students to adults returning to complete degrees to those seeking graduate degrees in business, creative writing, education and public administration.


Reinhardt University provides a vital, vibrant curriculum in the tradition of the liberal arts. In 2016, Reinhardt started a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. The Etowah Valley MFA is garnering wide acclaim for its list of authors and poets coming to teach at Reinhardt. The Price School of Education continues to build and grow partnerships with local school districts to ensure that students have top-notch experiences in their student-teaching and that they are immediately successful as they start their careers. The School of Performing Arts is flourishing with remarkably talented students who perform on stage at Reinhardt and in the community. With the addition of a new director of instrumental activities, Reinhardt’s wind ensembles and marching band are growing and gaining recognition. Reinhardt’s University Chamber Singers will travel to Italy in May 2018 where they will sing at a Mass in the Vatican. The McCamish School of Business produces alumni who immediately enter the workforce and become leaders in accounting, management, general business and marketing. Some of Reinhardt’s most distinguished graduates come out of

the McCamish School, which offers a growing MBA program. In fall 2018, Reinhardt will offer an online MBA in addition to its traditional MBA. With a larger student population and more offerings comes the need for additional facilities. Current building projects underway in Waleska include a new residence hall to accommodate more than 190 students, an expansion of the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center where students enjoy their meals and where community groups meet and eat, and a new theater building for the University’s fast growing programs in theatre and musical theatre. With the newly renovated Hill Freeman Library, thanks to a grant from Cherokee County, the community is benefiting from a state-of-the-art facility for research, writing and general educational purposes. The Reinhardt Eagles athletic program, led by NACDA Athletic Director of the Year, Bill Popp, continues to make academics the top priority for student athletes – as recognized with top honors at the conference and national levels. RU Eagles Athletics – 22 teams strong – are winners in competition, including the Men’s Lacrosse team who are the reigning NAIA National Champions. As Cherokee County’s only four-year University, Reinhardt is grateful for the support of all in our community who value education, and who have placed their trust in Reinhardt to be good stewards of their generosity. To learn more about Reinhardt University, visit or call (770) 720-5600. u

• Fall 2017 Enrollment: 1,520 - Represents a 12% increase since 2015 • Undergraduate Students: 93.5% Graduate Students: 6.5% • Top Programs: Business, Sports Studies, Biology, Education • Athletics teams: 22 NAIA sports; 2017 National Champions in Men’s Lacrosse • Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1 • 44 Programs of Study with more than 60 concentrations • 97% of Alumni land a job or start graduate school within six months of graduation • New Program: Nursing



k enn es aw state univ ersit y

Learning to Succeed


isters Karen, Daniela and Stephanie Carvajalino have been entrepreneurs ever since they started their first business as elementary schoolchildren. Among all their business ventures, the one they consider most important is teaching others how to succeed. The Carvajalino sisters – one current Kennesaw State University student and two KSU alums – shared their passion for social entrepreneurship when they spoke at a global conference sponsored by the United Nations to encourage young leaders to create positive change. Speaking to an audience of 18- to 30-year-olds, the Carvajalinos outlined their vision for economic and social development through education based on practical skills, entrepreneurship and technology. As Coles Scholars – the top students in the Michael J. Coles College of Business – the Carvajalino sisters epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset that is a strength of Kennesaw State University. It is in that spirit that the faculty and staff of Kennesaw State put a major focus on preparing the more than 35,000 students for successful careers.


“I look out my office window and am reminded daily why we are here — to provide a quality education and a supportive educational environment that will enable our students to thrive and pursue their dreams,” said Kennesaw State Interim President Ken Harmon. “Student success is our guiding principle – our No. 1 priority.” With campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta, Kennesaw State has experienced tremendous growth to become the third-largest university in Georgia. This growth solidifies KSU’s position as a destination campus with a wide spectrum of nationally ranked programs in business, engineering and first-year programs, as well as premier teaching, nursing, architecture, science and math programs. “Kennesaw State University is a very unique institution of higher learning,” Harmon said. “It is a very dynamic, nimble and creative student-centered university. The terms ‘inclusive,’ ‘innovative’ and ‘engagement’ are part of our DNA.” A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State offers students more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees within its 13 colleges. The diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw

students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe with an alumni network of more than 100,000. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning has designated the university as a doctoral research institution (R3) status, which is a reflection of Kennesaw State’s growth in doctoral program offerings and research activity. “Our faculty and staff have a commitment to our students and the University,” Harmon said. “Their passion, excitement and grit to succeed is palpable, and I am awed by all that they do to help plan and build the futures of our students. Being a part of and helping to lead this effort is incredibly rewarding.” u

• Total enrollment: Fall 2017 - 35,846 • Size: 581 acres on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses • Total degree programs: More than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees • On campus housing capacity: 5,200 beds in eight residence halls • Number of alumni: More than 100,000 • Economic impact: $1.4 billion (based on a report by

the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, 2017)

• Athletic opportunities: 18 NCAA Division I sports







n May 6, 2017, Northside Hospital Cherokee moved to its long-awaited replacement campus, marking the start of a new era in health care in Northwest Georgia. One year later, the new hospital is continuing to see tremendous growth, with increased volumes across its maternity, emergency and surgical services and new construction projects already underway. “I’m incredibly inspired, but not surprised, by the growth we’ve seen in our first year,” said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital Cherokee. “We knew that the community was excited about the new hospital because we heard it from them throughout our construction and grand opening.” Keeping You Healthy Residents in Cherokee County and other northern Atlanta suburbs are among the healthiest in the state. In fact, Cherokee is Georgia’s third healthiest county, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, moving up from fifth in 2017. The county has consistently ranked in the top 10 (out of 159 counties) for more than five years. A major reason is quality care delivered by the Northside Hospital health care system. Top-quality patient care is Northside’s foundation, and that is why the best physicians and nurses work with innovative technologies to serve your health care needs. A Commitment to High-Quality Care “Since the new hospital opened, more patients are choosing Northside Hospital Cherokee for their medical needs because they want exceptional health care close to home,” said Hayes. “More physician practices are expanding to include offices near or on the new hospital campus in order to better serve our patients.” To support this demand, Northside Hospital Cherokee already is adding two more floors to its main patient tower


and has received approval for a second medical office building on the campus. In its first year of operation, the new Northside Hospital Cherokee has drawn new patients from across Northwest Georgia including Cobb, Pickens, Bartow and Dawson counties and beyond. Newborn deliveries are up more than 20 percent in the first year. There have been 14 sets of twins born. Surgeries also are up approximately 20 percent, and Emergency Department visits have increased nearly 25 percent. The hospital has added more inpatient and observation beds, including an eight-bed Clinical Observation Unit and two new operating rooms, and has increased parking on campus by two-thirds. “It is a true reflection of our commitment to providing the best and most advanced health care available,” said Hayes. “What’s Next?” Since 2000, Cherokee County has been consistently ranked among the fastest growing counties in Georgia. As the population surges and their health care needs grow, Northside Hospital Cherokee must prepare for and meet those needs. So even though the brand new, state-of-the-art hospital has just opened, Northside isn’t sitting still. “We have to keep saying ‘what’s next’,” said Hayes. u Northside Hospital Cherokee 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd. Canton, GA 30115 770-224-1000 Follow @NorthsideHosp on social media, and for more information visit






onvenience, easy access and world-class care. These are a few of the benefits Cherokee citizens can look forward to from WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs, a one-stop-shop for patients, providing outpatient healthcare services close to home. When the health park is complete, Cherokee residents will be able to see their doctors, have necessary tests performed, or even have physical therapy – all in one convenient location. WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs will feature a strong foundation of primary care physicians including family medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN, with a full array of supporting physicians, including cardiology and pulmonology, as well as many surgical specialties. It will offer a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art imaging services including MRI, CT (cat) scan, ultrasound and X-ray.


Mammography and bone density diagnostics will provide additional services focused on women’s health. An Urgent Care Center will provide comprehensive services for patients 12 hours per day, 365 days per year. This center will be able to treat patients made more knowledgeable by the specialized training of physicians and staff, as well as by the close by support of diagnostic imaging services. The plan is to expand hours even further as patient volume grows. WellStar Health System broke ground on May 24, 2018, on the health park, located on 60 acres near Sixes Road in Holly Springs. The nearly $80 million project will be built in

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two phases, with the Phase 1 investment in Cherokee County representing nearly $45 million. “As a not-for-profit health system, we are committed to improving access to convenient, affordable healthcare close to home,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “The WellStar Cherokee Health Park represents our dedication to caring for the people of Cherokee County and providing world-class healthcare in the community.” WellStar pioneered the concept of health parks in Georgia that are designed to combine hospital-based outpatient departments, like imaging and cardiac diagnostics, with medical practices and other services in one patient-friendly setting. Patients no longer need to run from office to office, battling traffic and seeking parking spaces, to see their physicians, and have lab work or other tests done. Because the facility is located within the community, patients have the convenience of being able to get in, get out and get back to work. Convenient access to WellStar’s world-class care means patients will be able to more easily schedule and keep their appointments, allowing them to focus on wellness and prevention. WellStar’s ability to offer patients one medical record to tie all their various health care services together provides added convenience and peace of mind for patients. WellStar has three other health parks. Acworth Health Park, East Cobb Health Park and Vinings Health Park continue to grow due to increased patient demand. “The communities we serve through the health parks have responded very positively to us. This year alone we will care for over 564,000 patients at our health park locations,” said Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president of Administration & Development for WellStar Health Parks. “We look forward to bringing these services to the citizens of Cherokee.”   When it opens in August 2019, WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs will offer residents the following services: • Family Medicine • Pediatrics • Urgent Care • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) • Cardiology


• Cardiac Diagnostics* • Pulmonology • Neurology • Rheumatology • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) • OrthoSport Physical Therapy* • Sleep Center and related services* • MRI, CT, X-ray, Mammography, Ultrasound and Bone Density diagnostics and screening* • Lab Testing • O utpatient Surgical Specialties: General Surgery, Hand Surgery and Urology *Services of WellStar Kennestone Hospital There will also be access to plenty of free parking for patients. u

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is nationally known for its innovative care models, which are focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group with 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, and homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, WellStar Douglas, WellStar North Fulton, WellStar Paulding, WellStar Spalding Regional, WellStar Sylvan Grove, and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit

That’s not just a patient. That’s a princess.

As one of the top ranked pediatric hospitals in the country, we treat more than one million patients each year. And not one of them is a number.

©2018 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.




hile Cherokee is embracing an urban lifestyle in its downtown areas and undergoing tremendous corporate growth, it is still regarded as one of the most beautiful communities in the metro Atlanta region. Giving a nod to the old tagline, “Where Metro Meets the Mountains,” Cherokee is one of the largest counties in the state geographically with some of the most diverse topography. This diversity leads to one of the most unique landscapes in Atlanta. Even though Cherokee is experiencing the largest percentage population increase in Atlanta, the county is still largely undeveloped. The community has seen significant growth and development over the last decade, but the county’s agricultural industry remains a major factor in its economic output, with approximately 50% of the county still zoned for

agricultural uses. These outlying areas still boast small farms and more and more are taking advantage of the farm-to-table movement to help supply local restaurants and markets with fresh produce and meats. Additionally, local schools, such as Creekview High School, are building technical pathways that include agricultural and animal science and are in the process of adding an Agricultural Mechanics Pathway that would include Agricultural Science, Electrical Wiring, and Agricultural Mechanics. Pauline Benton, Agriculture Education Teacher at Creekview stated, “As part of our FFA Building Communities, our students manage six aeroponic towers and three aquaponic grow beds. All of our produce is donated to the community through MUST, Meals by Grace, the Service League of

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Cherokee County, and school families. We are also growing our Food for All program by converting the school courtyards into raised bed vegetable gardens.” Not only are these agriculture education programs equipping students with skills for the workforce, they are also supplying food to those in need. Cherokee embraces the circle of life – literally and figuratively. Local restaurateur Zach Kell understands the importance of agriculture and sustainability. He is owner of Goin’ Coastal (in Canton and Virginia-Highland), Downtown Kitchen, and Queenie’s (both of Canton). Zach’s daughter is enrolled in the basic agriculture class at Creekview High School so that she can understand how local farmers are integral in the supply chain to local restaurants and beyond. Kell stated, “We use the product from our neighborhood farms whenever available. We have so many fantastic people dining with us in our restaurants that have asked us if we would be interested in the produce they grow.” Kell is proud to live and work in Canton.

YANMAR’S neighbor in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Corridor, adidas has a long track record in sustainability, but they will never rest on their laurels. Being a global sports company, they know they have the power to change lives, and they use a holistic approach that tackles the challenges that endanger the spaces of sport and simultaneously, planet and people. Plans for the Cherokee 75 Corporate Corridor, including trails, connectivity to Lake Allatoona, and existing parks, were all bonus factors in YANMAR and adidas locating to the area. Cherokee is capitalizing on its geography and education, embracing its natural resources, and using its shared corporate value of sustainability to connect with its residents, companies, and beyond. The circle will remain unbroken. u

Marshall Day, Chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development commented, “Companies, entrepreneurs, residents, and visitors are in Cherokee by choice.” Just ask Spencer Nix, CEO of Reformation Brewery. A native of Cherokee, Nix is CEO of one of the area’s most successful startups, earning Georgia’s Small Business Rockstar award last year. One of the main reasons he chose Cherokee was because of one of its richest natural resources – the Etowah River. The river begins in the mountains near Dahlonega and runs 98 miles until it reaches Lake Allatoona. He calls the river “a pretty amazing treasure.” To the brewing business, it means they have “really good water to brew with when it comes to the minerality of the water.” Since water is the main ingredient in beer, having superior natural water is so important. Nix stated “Reformation Brewery is the largest micro craft brewery located in the Etowah River Watershed. That watershed plays a huge part of our locating here, staying here and expanding here.” Cherokee is committed to sustainability, and it has definitely paid dividends. Sharing this same corporate value helped the community connect with two of its newest corporations YANMAR America and adidas. Tim Fernandez, president of YANMAR America stated, “Cherokee County was a desirable location for our new facility for many reasons. The area itself offers natural beauty, and the Cherokee officials were very welcoming and shared our vision for promoting sustainability and agriculture. The site’s proximity to the Atlanta airport is also ideal for bringing in our customers from all over the globe.” 26

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2017 Kayla Cleveland, 28

Director, Victim Witness Cherokee County Solicitor General’s Office When Kayla Cleveland joined the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office in 2014 as a Victim Advocate, she was the only person assigned to work with the victims of all misdemeanor crimes in the county. Recognizing the need for more advocates, she worked to obtain three grants for three additional positions. Now a force of four, they work to assist victims of crime as they navigate the criminal justice process in the State Court of Cherokee County. Cleveland says, "In the future, my goal is to expand our staff by one member. That member would be a service dog which would hopefully ease the stress on victims of crimes while testifying against their attackers."

Each year enjoy!Cherokee and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce honor ten local professionals with the honor of being named one of Cherokee County’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. These outstanding residents of Cherokee County exhibit exceptional qualities that will no doubt serve not only them in their chosen careers but help create the future leadership of our community.


Cleveland received a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Georgia. She plans to continue her education and work toward her doctorate. In the community, she enjoys working on special events for the children living in transitional housing at the Cherokee Family Violence Center. She is also a member of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force. During the holidays, Kayla enjoys working with the Salvation Army's Angel Tree and Silver Bells programs. In her personal life, Kayla is married to the man of her dreams. He is a Corporal with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and a member of the SWAT team. During their free time, the couple enjoys riding motorcycles or being out on the lake with family, friends and their three furbabies. The family will welcome a daughter in late October.

2017 Jennifer Davo, 38 Owner/Stylist Studio 5 Salon

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Small business owner Jennifer Davo opened Studio 5 in 2001. As the business grew, she had the opportunity to purchase commercial property and relocate to downtown Canton in 2014. The bold move has paid off! In 2015 the salon was awarded Best Spa of Canton, in 2016 it was nominated for Small Business of the Year, and in 2017 it was named Best Salon of Canton. When asked about her business, she said, "We are family owned and operated. My dad is the maintenance man. My mom is the bookkeeper. I work behind the chair along with my stepdaughter as hairstylists. We even involve our younger children in helping out with folding towels, teaching them how to be team players." It is important to Jennifer to give back to both her profession and community. Each year she is honored to offer apprenticeships to 1 to 2 candidates that cannot afford cosmetology school. She says, "Our ultimate goal is to inspire them to have a passion for serving people." Over the past several years, Studio 5 Salon has apprenticed and mentored nine ladies who have become licensed stylists. In the community, Davo works with many charities and church organizations. She is active in the Flourish Women's Networking group of Canton. She is currently working the Service League's Dancing for the Children event by fundraising and performing. She is a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Cherokee. Davo was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This accelerated program allowed her to graduate at the age of 16. She attended Pickens Tech in the field of cosmetology and completed the program before her 18th birthday.

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2017 Kristi Estes, 38

Amy Hall, 32

Kristi Estes says, "When I moved to Cherokee County, it was evident that there was a need for therapy services for children with special needs. My goal was to provide a facility where these children could play, learn, and grow and at the same time offer families excellent customer service, empathy, and assistance as they navigate the often-challenging world of special needs." That dream became a reality in 2008 with the opening of In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. The company is an outpatient clinic offering occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy.

A native of Woodstock, Amy Hall serves as the Senior Staff Accountant at North GA CPA Services, one of the leading firms in the area. Utilizing her expertise, she provides quality, personalized financial guidance to individuals and businesses.

Occupational Therapist, Co-Owner In Harmony Pediatric Therapy

As the business continues to grow, Kristi’s goal is to establish a scholarship or a not-for-profit entity to assist families with funding necessary for treatment. She also would like to create a vocational program for children who age out of traditional therapy but still need to develop life and job skills. Kristi is also the co-owner of Stout's Growlers, which opened in 2016. There she serves as community events coordinator. She loves to meet people who share the passion for craft beer and wine. In the future, she wants to offer more activities to bring people of the community together. Kristi is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and River Green Small Business Networking Group. In all of her business endeavors, she enjoys the support and encouragement of her husband and two children, ages 4 and 7.


2017 Senior Staff Accountant North GA CPA, Services, PC

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Kennesaw State University. Amy plans to continue her involvement in the community and her church, Shiloh Baptist Church in Holly Springs, where she volunteers as the Youth Director. She is also a member of the 2016-2018 Clayton Elementary School Council and is a 2016 alumnus of Leadership Cherokee. Hall enjoys volunteering at her children's school as a field trip chaperone, classroom teacher's assistant, and special events participant as needed. When asked about her success, Amy says, "My greatest accomplishment is the life I have built with my amazing family, my husband, Denny, and my two children, Kailey and Parker. I am looking forward to continuing to build a life with them that makes me proud." In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping with her family. An avid sports fan, she enjoys coaching youth basketball and softball programs in Cherokee County. She also participates in local 5K runs throughout the community to support a full range of causes. Typically the class clown, she is always up for a practical joke. She has been known to jump out and surprise the ladies at the office just for laughs.



Jessica Helms, 23

Evan Ingram, 25

Serving as the Communications Director of R & D Mechanical Services, Jessica shares the mission and vision of the company through public relations, marketing, advertising, and community outreach. Her favorite aspect of the job is the opportunity to serve the community, a role which is important to both her and the company.

Serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Goshen Valley Foundation, Evan helps increase the visibility of this important organization. He is responsible for event planning and management of volunteers, guests, and fundraisers. He also directs the social media, blog, and content marketing experiences for the organization.

Communications Director R&D Mechanical Services

In the future, through her guidance, the company plans to create a foundation or not-for-profit to ensure their ability to perform essentials for community service, including volunteer coordination, fundraising, and grant acquisition. She says, "We are passionate about serving the community, and I am blessed to be a part of an organization that puts service of others as its top priority." Helms is very active as a community volunteer. She works with numerous organizations including Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, MUST Ministries, and Next Step Ministries. She recently traveled to Albany, Georgia, to help with relief from the tornado damage. Jessica sees her greatest accomplishment as the opportunity to perform CPR on a driver who had a heart attack while driving to the hospital. She says, “His heart attack caused him to wreck. I pulled over to make sure he was okay and realized he needed CPR. When the paramedics arrived, he was rushed to the hospital and after surgery was able to resume a normal life." This event was life changing for Jessica and taught her that we should always be looking for opportunities to help others because we never know when it can make the world of difference in another person's life. Newly married, Jessica and her husband, recently celebrated their first anniversary.

Community Engagement Coordinator Goshen Valley Foundation

During his short tenure, Evan has already impacted the future of others with the creation of the Goshen Valley Fellow Intern program. He says, "In this program, college students and recent college graduates are brought in to work directly with the residents at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, providing increased supervision and mentoring relationships. We currently employ seven incredible Fellows and plan to expand the program in the future." Ingram’s goal is to continue to grow opportunities to connect the community with Goshen Valley. He will implement new projects while refining programs that have been launched. Evan welcomes those who would like to know more about Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and its story to participate in one of the Second Saturday work days. More information can be found at Ingram is a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Cherokee. He serves on the Chattahoochee Technical College's Advisory Council. He is an active volunteer with Cherokee County Young Life. Through Goshen Valley, he also works with the Cherokee County School District, Reinhardt University, and local Rotary clubs. Evan plans to continue developing his education and leadership ability and will be enrolling in an MBA program this year.

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Courtney Putnam, Ph.D., LPC, 39

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds, 36

From the time Courtney arrived in Cherokee County as an eighth-grader, she fell in love with the possibilities the county had to offer. After graduating high school, she returned to her native Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University where she received a full academic scholarship. After receiving her Bachelor of Science, she returned to Georgia to marry Alan Putnam, whom she calls "the best gift Cherokee County has ever given me."

As Special Education Department Chair, Jennifer Reynolds impacts the lives of students with various disabilities by overseeing the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs. She also serves as a Professional Learning Teacher Leader where she oversees the professional development of certified staff.

Director Center for Relational Care – Atlanta

Putnam has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Her career path includes both private practice and teaching. As the young couple began their respective careers, they eventually settled in Texas, where they began their family. Their sons, Wyatt (7) and Brock (4), were born there. In 2014, they returned home to Cherokee County. Courtney opened SpringLife Counseling and did contract work. In 2017, she opened the Center for Relational Care - Atlanta. She says, "I am excited to lead the company's efforts to assemble a counseling team here in Cherokee County. This team will care for the mental, relational, and spiritual health of citizens in the Greater Atlanta area." One of the worst and best times in her life was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She says, "We lost our home in New Orleans and many material possessions, but out of the flood came the greatest relationships and lessons of our lives, things that still form us today. I have a framed photo in my office showing the "water line" from Katrina that helps me illustrate to my clients that God can bring great hope out of the hardest times."

Special Education Department Chair and Professional Learning Teacher Leader, Teasley Middle School

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Reinhardt University. She holds several advanced degrees including a Masters of Education in Special Education from North Georgia College and State University, an Education Specialist from the University of West Georgia, and a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University. When asked about her greatest accomplishment, Jennifer said, "Recently I presented research I had conducted at the National Conference for Exceptional Children. Sharing this information with others and representing Cherokee County School District at a national level was an incredible and rewarding accomplishment for me. The experience has inspired me to continue conducting research and sharing findings which may be beneficial to students with disabilities." Reynolds is an active member of the Service League of Cherokee County. This organization is close to her heart. Through their efforts, they help local children in many aspects of their lives. She also serves as the faculty advisor for Interact, a service club sponsored by Canton Rotary. Under her leadership, students at Teasley develop leadership skills while serving the community through monthly projects. While both she and her husband, Frank, serve the public, they still find time for an active outdoor lifestyle. They enjoy running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer considers herself a farm girl – enjoying gardening, cooking and eating. She is, in fact, working on a cookbook of her favorite homegrown recipes.




Abigail Roach, 29

Dixie Lee Williams, 28

After receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2012 from Mercer University, Abby Roach returned to practice in her hometown of Canton. She serves as an attorney and partner at Roach, Caudill, and Gunn.

After joining Southeast Restoration Group of Georgia in 2008 as an administrative assistant, Dixie was named Controller in 2015 after working her way up through the company. In her current position, she focuses on investing time in relationships with others while meeting and exceeding the company’s strategies for growth. She feels it is important to invest in people. "It is the people that we interact with daily that make this life go around. When we put people first, they will want to perform to their potential and better themselves and others," she said.

Attorney, Partner Roach, Caudill, & Gunn, LLP

Currently, Abby acts as the sole attorney for the Special Education Department for the Cherokee County School District. As she continues her career, her goal is to help build the firm while continuing to provide quality services to its clients and the people of Cherokee County. Roach is very active in the community and believes in sweat equity and giving back. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Canton. She serves on the boards of the Canton YMCA, the Cherokee Family Violence Center as secretary, and the Healing Hands Youth Ranch as chairperson. She also works with Habitat for Humanity and the Etowah River Clean Up. She is also an alumnus of Teen Leadership Cherokee and Leadership Cherokee. Abby says, "I have a deep affinity for Cherokee County and its residents. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded in my life, and I look forward to many more great years in Cherokee County." She and her wife plan to start a family in the future. A self-described "giant nerd", she enjoys all things scifi, especially Star Wars. Each year Abby participates in Dragon Con in Atlanta.

Controller Southeast Restoration

Always determined to achieve professional and personal goals, in 2015 Williams received a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University and purchased her first home! Williams is active in the Service League of Cherokee County and serves as a children's ministry volunteer and youth ministry leader. She also has organized fundraising runs for various charities such as The SMILE Run 5K for The Christian Egner Foundation, and the Love Peru 5K for the Village of the Children Orphanage. When talking about one of her favorite hobbies, Dixie says, "I enjoy woodworking and using my power tools to craft and build anything from home decor signs to backyard fences. It expands my creative side outside of the office. I tend to think, why buy when I can build? And, with the finished piece, I cherish it a little more than if I had purchased it at a store."



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lthough on the northern edge of a great metropolitan area, Ball Ground retains its own character and uniqueness as a small city where people feel safe and can be involved as little or as much as they desire. An appreciation for history as Cherokee’s second oldest city, recognition of the importance of the environment as Cherokee’s first Tree City USA, and a sense of community such as other places in the Region enjoy is attracting many new residents and businesses to our growing city. “Every day we do try to roll out the red carpet and not the red tape! Ball Ground surely rocks!” says Mayor Rick Roberts. The City of Ball Ground feels so strongly about its commitment to bringing business, services, jobs and new residents to Ball Ground through quality development that it has trademarked its business slogan, “Where We Roll Out the Red Carpet, Not the Red Tape.” Community leaders are committed to all facets of development, from working with an existing landlord to help locate a new tenant and with medical providers to bring a practice to the city, to working with major employers to expand. They understand that, for the business owner, time is money. That progressive spirit blends perfectly with Ball Ground’s

rich history. Local folklore places the community of Ball Ground near fields where Cherokee Indians played stick ball against the Creeks for the prize of a thousand square miles of land. Drawn by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and abundant streams, early settlers established a vital agricultural community. The community boomed with the construction of a train depot in 1882 to service the Marietta and North Georgia railroad line. Today, Ball Ground continues to thrive. Ball Ground’s population grew nearly 64% from 1990 (population 905) to 2013 (population 1,482). With convenient access to I-575, this growing community offers a positive business climate and varied residential options. Most jobs are in light industry and agriculture. Adding to the quality of life in Ball Ground is the quaint historic downtown district. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, and numerous markers through the community highlight the importance of celebrated structures. The community boasts four newly renovated parks and recreation facilities. A 1,200-studentcapacity elementary school opened in August 2012, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for local youth. u

about Ball Ground • The northernmost town to sit completely within Cherokee County • Population: Approximately 1,500 • Located just north of Canton at exit 27 on Interstate 575 •A  Georgia Main Street Community that focuses on revitalization of the central business district, design, promotion and economic development •S  pecial events are scheduled throughout the year including the Ball Ground Rocks the Park summer concert series, the Movie in the Park series, and an annual fireworks display.






anton is a vibrant community that offers a welcoming blend of charm, progressive spirit and endless opportunities for all. In Canton, you’ll find exciting and new possibilities for growth within an authentic, inviting community that deeply cares about the City’s future and unrivaled quality of life. Set conveniently between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canton offers scenic views of foothills and the Etowah River, which flows through the historic city. Since 1834, Canton has been a vibrant community that is welcoming with charm, progressive spirit and endless opportunities for all with shopping, dining, events, arts and exceptional parks. Canton holds something for everyone.

Hospital-Cherokee’s employment total to 1,700, the highest employment count in Canton.

When it comes to higher education, Chattahoochee Technical College’s Canton campus offers a variety of courses for those hoping to further their education in a technical trade or skill. Reinhardt University, a liberal arts university, is conveniently located with a vast array of academic programs.

When it comes to recreation, the Etowah River Park is an 81-acre park featuring three full-size athletic fields, a canoe launch, an amphitheater, a footbridge over the Etowah River and a trail connecting it to the existing Heritage Park. Heritage Park connects to the G. Cecil Pruitt YMCA which offers recreational and healthy options for its members.

Citizens of Canton can find healthcare easily accessible. In 2017, Northside Hospital-Cherokee opened their new replacement facility. The regional hospital includes 105 beds, a multi-specialty Medical Office Building, a cancer center, and a women’s center all on a 50-acre complex. This also carried an economic impact of $280 million in capital investment and the creation of 300 new jobs, bringing Northside

The Arts are alive in Canton. The Cherokee Arts Center, the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, and the Canton Theatre draw thousands into Downtown Canton for myriad reasons. Downtown events and festivals such as First Fridays and the Farmers Market bring in people and families from all over. Consider yourself invited. u

Canton has long been the jobs center of Cherokee County. The Canton-Cherokee Business and Industrial Park is home to some of Cherokee County’s largest and most productive companies including Universal Alloy, Piolax Corporation and Playnation Play Systems. Combined, more than 650 people are employed by the existing industries in the CantonCherokee Industrial Park. Canton’s Economic Development Office collaborates with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development on bringing in jobs and businesses and fostering entrepreneurship in the city.

about Canton • County Seat and Service Hub for Cherokee County • Median Household Income: $50,071 • Average Home Value: $168,609 • Voted one of the most charming towns in Georgia by • Recognized as a City of Excellence • Designated as a Tree City USA and Main Street City • Population: 25,469 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 estimate)



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he City of Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906 around the busy train depot established by the Louisville & Nashville (L & N) Railroad. Holly Springs was once known for its “green marble” quarry on the west side of the City as well as a destination for local farmers to ship their goods on the railroad. As metropolitan Atlanta has grown over the past several decades, the City of Holly Springs has become more suburban in character with light industry, commercial establishments, and residential developments.

In 2017, much of the work from the Mayor, City Council and City staff, as well as much of the chatter among locals, has centered on the redevelopment of the downtown area. The Town Center Project (TCP), which will be constructed on approximately 20 acres of property near the intersection of Hickory Road and Palm Street, will include retail units, multi-family, senior living, and single-family detached residential units, as well as City Hall with a town green. The City of Holly Springs accepted proposals for master development services for the construction of the TCP on March 3, 2017. After evaluating the proposals based on experience, conceptual development of private and public components of the site and the approach for financing the construction of the infrastructure and buildings, and conducting interviews with each applicant, City Council selected Stonecrest Homes GA, LLC. The City expects construction to begin in Summer 2018.

The City knew that redevelopment of the downtown area meant that some traffic mitigation efforts would need to be made. The City added a northbound travel lane along Holly Springs Parkway on the north side of the City, realigned Rickman Industrial Drive (the entrance to one of the City’s two industrial parks) and added turn lanes at its entrance and onto Hickory Road from Holly Springs Parkway. Sidewalks and lampposts have been added throughout Holly Springs to improve pedestrian connectivity. The City also has plans to construct a downtown bypass. At completion, the Industrial Connector Bypass will divert traffic from Hickory Road, near the TCP, to Exit 14 off I-575. Future road enhancements include widening the southside of Holly Springs Parkway to four lanes, and adding sidewalks and lampposts. 2017 wasn’t all work and no play! The City makes it a point to offer opportunities to connect with residents and visitors outside of normal day-to-day business. The City continues its Holly Springs 101 class, where residents and local business owners get a chance to meet and interact with City staff on a personal level. Participants learn how City departments function daily and are encouraged to ask questions of City staff to begin an open dialogue about topics covered such as the duties of the City Clerk, Finance, Administration, Police, Fire, and Community Development. Each class meets for four weeknight sessions, and participation is free. u

about Holly Springs • Population: 11,235

• Average Household Income: $72,716 • Median Single-Family Home Value: $219,800 • 2015-present: Main Street America Accredited Program, National Main Street Center and Georgia Main Street •O  ctober 2017 - #4 Safest Place to Live in Georgia, 10,000-30,000 residents, •O  ctober 2017 - #1 Best Places for Young Families in Georgia,






ocated in the northern portion of Cherokee County along State Routes 140 and 108 is the quaint community of Waleska. Home to 700 residents – the population increases to 1,250 when residential students from Reinhardt University are counted – the town has a rich history. Settled in the early 1800s primarily by the Reinhardt, Sharp, Rhyne, and Heard families, the community was thriving by 1856 when the crossroads was home to a store, cotton gin, and tobacco factory. A post office was soon to follow, and the town was incorporated in 1889. The name Waleska dates to the mid-1800s when area farmers Lewis Reinhardt and his wife named it in honor of Warluskee, the daughter of a nearby Cherokee chief, to show their sympathy for the Cherokees as they were forced to move west. Today, the city is home to Reinhardt University, a four-year, coeducational liberal arts institution. Since its founding by A.M. Reinhardt, the school has anchored the

town’s economy and added to its culture, most notably through the Funk Heritage Center, which is dedicated to the art and history of Southeastern Indians and European settlers. Perhaps Waleska’s best asset is the people. The residents of the small, close-knit community pride themselves on caring for and protecting one another. Waleska’s city leaders are working to enhance the inviting feel of the community and to capitalize on the wonderful sense of place a visitor experiences in town. Waleska is also home to the historic Cline’s Store, which was constructed in the 1920s as a general store. Once a place where local residents could purchase all types of supplies ranging from shoes and school supplies to potatoes and horse collars, the nearly 100-year-old building reopened in 2014 as an antique store. The historic feel of Cline’s makes it a must-see for all visitors to Waleska. u

about Waleska • Incorporated in 1889

• Accessible via State Routes 140 and 108 • Population: 700 residents; population increases to 1,250 counting residential students at Reinhardt University • Home to the 134-year-old Reinhardt University






nce a sleepy farming village, today’s Woodstock is a vibrant and diverse community boasting a world-class trail system, great shopping and dining options, and neighborhoods perfect for the suburban family all just 30 miles north of Atlanta. Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 30,000 residents.

Woodstock officially became a city in 1897, but the first settlers arrived in the early 1800s with hopes of finding gold. Mills were then constructed to serve the burgeoning cotton farms. The railroad depot was constructed in 1879 and storefronts followed. The Woodstock Visitor’s Center is housed in an original storefront, Dean’s Store, which opened in 1906. Today, downtown Woodstock is home to 20+ restaurants offering a wide range of foods, including farm-to-table, fresh seafood, Italian & Mexican cuisine, cupcakes & pies, burgers & hotdogs, and even a food truck-themed restaurant. Stroll through charming downtown Woodstock and shop at over 30 local shops where options abound for stylish clothing boutiques, antiques, an independent bookstore, jewelry, art, and unique gift items. Or visit the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and shop over 100 name brand stores. Entertainment is plentiful in Woodstock, with Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, located in the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock, hosting the annual Summer Concert Series. Musicians such as Mark Wills, the Charlie Daniels Band, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and more have taken

the stage at this new state-of-the-art venue featuring multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn accommodating audiences of over 7,500. You can also catch more live music at Madlife Stage & Studios; which welcomes nearly 300 music lovers for performances nightly Wednesday-Sunday. Entertainment for all ages can be found at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. With the best art and entertainment year-round, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village offers live plays, galleries and art exhibits, camps, workshops, concerts, and improv. Woodstock has become a destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it is a picnic with the family at beautiful Dupree Park, a walk with your dog at Woofstock Park, or a ride on the mountain bike trails at Olde Rope Mill Park, Woodstock is home to a number of parks and trail systems. In 2018, construction will begin on another nearly 100 acre park located on the east side of the City. The City of Woodstock Municipal Government provides first class service to its citizens, visitors, guests, and stakeholders. Woodstock Police Department is a State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, while Woodstock Fire Department boasts an Insurance Services Office rating of 1, the best rating possible. The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department hosts festivals, holiday ceremonies, parades, and events yearround. Additionally, the William G. Long Senior Center is host to a number of activities for seniors within our community. u

about Woodstock • 2017 Georgia Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award • Ranked 3rd best city in Metro Atlanta to buy a house by • Ranked among top 100 small cities in the U.S. for working parents by •R  anked 8th best place to live in Georgia by • With over 1,935 businesses in the City of Woodstock, there are many options for careers. Whether you’re a whitecollar professional, medically-trained, skilled in industry, or have retail acumen, or you are an artisan at heart, there are employment opportunities for you in Woodstock.


One of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, Cherokee County is a short drive from Metro-Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains. With its natural beauty, cultural richness, vibrant communities and southern hospitality, Cherokee County is not only a great place to live - it is a great place to visit!


• Gibbs Gardens • Historic Walking Tours, Heritage Center & Visitor Centers • Art Museums, Performing Arts Centers & a Sculpture Garden • The Georgia National Cemetery

ENJOY SPORTS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FOR ALL • Family Aquatic Parks, Indoor Olympic Pools • Water activities on the Etowah River & Lake Allatoona • Miles of Mountain Bike, Hiking & Equestrian Trails • Exceptional Public Golf Courses & Acres of Parks and Playgrounds • Acclaimed Dirt Speedway & Pristine Duck Hunting Preserve


• The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta • Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter • Specialty shops, antique stores and unique boutiques galore in Downtown Main Street Districts and surrounding communities


• Award Winning Restaurants • Famous Eateries, Delicatessens and Southern Barbecue • Breweries, Growlers, Coffee Shops and Bakeries

“ Where Metro Meets the Mountains”


CHEROKEE RECREATION & PARKS Providing the Citizens of Cherokee County More Options to Seek a Healthy and Active Lifestyle

Freedom Field and Playground at Patriots Park


ith 23 parks and recreation facilities covering more than 2,440 acres, there are plenty of recreation opportunities in Cherokee County. And in 2017, Cherokee County opened two new parks designed to create even more opportunities and improve the quality of life for our residents. These new parks were the final projects undertaken through the voter-approved Parks Bond that invested $90 million in parks and recreation facilities throughout the county. (continued on page 68)


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oused in the former Canton First Methodist Church, Cherokee Arts Center is a source for all things artistic. The organization strives to enrich the quality of life by promoting, developing, and coordinating excellence in the Arts.

The Arts Center offers an amazing array of classes and workshops. Offerings include photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, memoir writing, and mediation. Local artists teach the classes that are open to the public and all age groups. Specialized classes are available for young artists. One favorite is the Teen Drawing class, designed with teenage artists of varying levels in mind; it is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. This class is especially valuable to those who are looking to develop their work and focus skills and building their portfolio. The Center also has a 260-seat theater where live performances are held. The theater is equipped with lights, sound equipment and green room. The venue is also available for rent for plays, concerts, large group meetings, and events. Mary Akers, who has served as the Executive Director for the past six years, is proud of the contribution Cherokee Arts Center makes to Cherokee County and the surrounding region. She says, “Cultural arts are vital to the community. Through education and entertainment, as well as the dedication of our artists and donors, we serve our citizens by providing exceptional arts and cultural programs.� u Cherokee Arts Center is located at 94 North Street in Canton. You will find a complete listing of their classes and events at



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edicated to artistic integrity and family values, Elm Street Cultural Village has become a mainstay in our community. The organization, established in 2002, is known throughout the region for their programs including classes, performing arts, concerts, and visual arts programs.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Christopher Brazelton, the organization continues to implement changes that impact the quality of life of our residents. He states, “Art Centers change the way people connect with the community. Through our programs and performances, our goal is to move a person that may be a casual bystander in the community into an observer that comes to events and performances. As they become more engaged, they will become more interested and most likely involved. This involvement in not only here at the Arts Village but the entire community.” Elm Street continues to develop its campus located in downtown Woodstock. In 2017, a sculpture garden opened. The garden features both permanent and temporary exhibits which are available for purchase. Currently, the organization is embarking on the renovation of the Reeves House. Built in 1897, when completed the farmhouse will have an Art Gallery and Artist Studios, and be a venue for special events. In 2018, the Lantern Series was introduced. Making the most of the beautiful outdoor space and incredible climate, this concert series will run annually from June through October. Guests will have the opportunity to hear many different genres of music from stage-side tables. Guests are encouraged to decorate their tables and bring food and drinks to enjoy. u Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is located at 8534 Main Street in Woodstock. For more information and a full schedule of classes, performances, and events, visit

“Working with the Cherokee Chamber, Elm Street has been able to meet new people and make new connections every month. We try to create vibrancy for the community at Elm Street, and Cherokee Chamber is a vital role to this effort as that vibrancy demands different people and businesses coming together with an effort to constantly improve the quality of life for our great county.” Christopher Brazelton Executive Director 50



As one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, the local real estate market may seem overwhelming. Here are some of their insights into the Cherokee County market... Jimmy Payne, President 2018 Cherokee Association of REALTORS® “Home prices have risen 15% from January 2017 to January 2018. This is the second year with large gains. The main reason is the severe shortage of homes for sale. Cherokee County, like much of the rest of Atlanta, has less than three months’ inventory which drives prices up. At the lower end of the price scale, there is even less inventory because most homes listed under $250,000 end up in bidding wars and go under contract in 1-3 days. As spring approaches, more homes will be listed and there will be a very strong demand for homes.”

Becky Babcock, CEO / Owner / Broker Brad Nix, COO / Owner Path & Post Real Estate “Path & Post Real Estate predicts Cherokee County home values will continue to rise throughout 2018 as inventory remains low. However, the pace of appreciation will slow above $300,000 as new construction comes onto the market. Rising interest rates will impact purchasing power and put pressure on buyers to act sooner. Our commercial division forecasts land values to remain stable while office and industrial rents are set to increase. Overall, Cherokee County is well positioned to thrive with a diverse mix of lifestyle amenities, quality healthcare, business growth, and a median home value of $275,000.”

Karen M. Lance, Realtor Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers “Over the last 12 months, since early 2017, we’ve seen a 16% increase in the number of homes sold in Cherokee County as well as prices rising by almost 10% with an average sales price of more than $283,000. Sellers will be happy to know that the market is booming, and new homes cannot keep up with the current housing demand, so the best time to sell isn’t just summer, but all year round. Since the start of 2018, one thousand homes have already sold in Cherokee County and we’re trending to outperform 2017 sales of over 9,000 homes.” (continued on page 64)



MANDY CHAPMAN President/CEO of Roytec Industries, LLC


andy Chapman began working with Roytec Industries in 1995. The company, which was founded by her step-father in 1984, specializes in cutting and stripping wire and ribbon cable for installation in various tools and appliances. Initially occupying 2,000 square feet, it has grown to include two facilities in Cherokee County and one in Monterrey, Mexico. The company employs 275 people here in Georgia and 350 in Monterrey. Currently serving as President and CEO, Chapman credits much of the success of the company to her mother, Penny Koebel, who established many of the company policies that are still in use today. She says, “When my mother joined the company, she developed all of our systems including those for Human Resources and guidelines for customer service. These have provided a foundation for our company that benefits our employees as well as our customers.” Mandy has grown along with the business. She started her working in Customer Service, soon moving into Operations. She served as Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations until moving into her current role in 2009. Mandy is very active with the Chamber of Commerce where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors for a third term. Reflecting on her relationship with the Chamber, she says, “Roytec joined the Cherokee County Chamber in 1985. It was instilled in me from the beginning of my career that belonging to the Chamber is a must. While Roytec may not benefit in ways a retail store might, there are plenty of benefits. It helps us keep on top of current issues and trends. We get discounts on numerous programs. We also make invaluable contacts within our community. We are proud to be a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.” u


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SPRING Event includes complimentary pictures with the Easter Bunny, petting zoo and playground fun. Each child receives a prize egg. Free. Barrett Park. Holly Springs. Check website for date & time. 770.345.5536 ·

Experience Native American entertainment, arts and crafts, music and food. Mother’s Day weekend at Boling Park in Canton. 770.735.6275 ·


Artists, music, food, a youth art exhibit, and a hands-on area for children in downtown Canton. Third weekend in May. Presented by the Cherokee County Arts Council. 770.704.6244 ·


A convergence of the salty goodness of bacon and the downhome sounds of bluegrass music at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater with a portion of the funds benefiting the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. Bluegrass music, bacon food festival with contests, & craftsman alley. Third Saturday in May. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 770.517.6788 · ·


The 5K starts at Holly Springs Elementary School and concludes at Barrett Memorial Park. Fourth Saturday in May, 8 a.m. 770.345.5536 ·


First Friday, April-October, Historic Downtown Canton Loop Block Party, Car Show, Live Music, Food and Good Times! Downtown Canton, 6 p.m. 770.704.1500 ·


First Friday, (March–December) in Downtown Woodstock. Come enjoy the many restaurants and stores the area has to offer as the Downtown Merchants stay open late, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and celebrate with a downtown wide themed festival. 770.517.6788 · •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

CANTON FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday, May-October, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Begins last Saturday in May) Cannon Park, Downtown Canton. Rain or Shine. 770.704.1548 · WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday, May-October, 8:30 a.m.- Noon. Market Street, Downtown Woodstock. 770.924.0406 ·

SUMMER Outdoor movies in Ball Ground City Park! Featuring familyfriendly films beginning at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening under the stars on select Saturdays. April-September. 770.735.2123 · A variety of musical entertainment is hosted by the City of Woodstock for free concerts May-September at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Ampitheater. 770.517.6788 ·


Bring your lawn chair and enjoy beautiful fireworks in Ball Ground’s Calvin Farmer Park. Saturday before 4th of July. 9:45 p.m. 770.735.2123 ·

CANTON 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Patriotism and fireworks at its finest: Parade, entertainment, and fireworks display at RiverStone Shopping Plaza. 770.704.1548 ·


City of Woodstock’s annual can’t miss 4th of July event. Early morning ‘Woodstock Freedom Run’ 5k road race. Parade through downtown Woodstock followed by booths, food, fun and games for children in Woodstock City Park. After-dark fireworks display at I-575 & Hwy. 92. 770.517.6788 ·


Fun-filled activities for the entire family. Cline Park, Waleska. 770.479.2912 ·


Bring your lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the music at these free concerts in Ball Ground’s Downtown City Park. Select Saturdays. 770.735.2123 · · 7 p.m.


Family fun at the fair featuring shows, carnival rides, games and more. September. Fair Grounds in Canton. See website for details. 770.479.4613 ·


Your lunch hour has never been more entertaining-free concerts at Woodstock City Park, Noon-1 p.m., every Thursday in September. 770.517.6788 ·

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Arts and crafts festival, antiques, music, entertainment, and concessions. Last weekend in September. Presented by the Service League of Cherokee County. Etowah River Park, Canton. 770.704.5991 ·


Celebration filled with fun and excitement for the entire family features children’s games, food trucks, community organization booths, arts and crafts, petting zoo, live music, and much more! First Saturday in October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Barrett Park. Holly Springs. 770.345.5536 ·


An evening full of fun for young and old alike. Treats for the kids, children’s activities, food vendors, and lots more. Festivities end with a movie everyone is sure to enjoy. Ball Ground City Park. Friday before Halloween, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 770.735.2123 ·


Just treats, no tricks for costumed kiddies. Moonwalks, apple bobbing, face painting, candy give-away, and more. Halloween Evening. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Woodstock City Park. 770.517.6788 ·


A one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza of beautiful and distinctive gifts. Second Friday in November, 2018, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Administration Building, Canton. 770.345.0400 ·


Homemade Chili and Great Tunes! Free to attend. Chili taster tickets available for purchase. Downtown Canton. Second Saturday in November. Noon. 770.704.1548 · •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

FARMERS MARKET AT RIVER CHURCH Tuesdays April-October, 2-6 p.m. (Begins second Tuesday in April) River Church Parking Lot, Sixes Rd., Canton. Rain or Shine. 770.598.0048 · (Closed Tues. after Memorial & Labor Day) WALESKA FARMERS’ MARKET Last Thursday in May-First Thursday in November, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church, 3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy, Canton. 404.805.7468 ·


The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County. Friday after Thanksgiving. 770.479.5551 · Downtown Canton · 5:30 p.m.

WALESKA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Official kick-off to the holiday season in Waleska. Friday, December 7, 2018, 6 p.m. Downtown Waleska. 770.479.2912 ·


The Annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots held in downtown Ball Ground is one of the largest Christmas parades in North GA. Attendees to the parade are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Friday, November 30, 2018, 7 p.m. 770.735.2123 ·

HOLLY SPRINGS TREE LIGHTING Bundle up and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting at the Historic Train Depot. Songs of the season will be heard from local talent. Join the City of Holly Springs for light refreshments following the lighting of the tree. Friday, November 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. 770.345.5536 · CANTON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Santa and more march in a parade through downtown Canton. First Saturday in December, 6 p.m. Other festive activities begin at Noon and lead up to the time of the parade. Hosted by the Canton Optimist Club. 770.704.1500


Come celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors in Holly Springs. First Saturday in December, 1:30 p.m. 770.345.5536 ·


‘Tis the season to experience a parade, carolers, Santa, tree lighting and presentation of Citizen of the Year Award. First Saturday in December, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Woodstock City Park. 770.517.6788 ·


A Hometown Holiday Tradition! The Holiday Lights of Hope is a community celebration benefiting Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Families can enjoy a large, walk-through LED holiday lights display and the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with Santa! Hobgood Park in Woodstock. Open at 6:00 pm nightly. Check the website for dates. 678.504.6388 ·


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(It’s A Hot Market continued from page 52)

David Moody, CEO/Broker ERA Sunrise Realty “Since 2013, Cherokee County has and currently is experiencing accelerated interest from individuals desiring to be part of the community. The overall quality of life being offered by Cherokee County is seen as exceptional by those families and individuals moving into the area. The median price point for housing remains very affordable for most home buyers, allowing for a continued healthy housing market. Redevelopment within our city centers is also providing opportunities to the market, attracting the persons looking for a live-work-life balance. Continued focus and planning from Cherokee County and its cities will set a positive path for our future.”

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Julianne Rivera, Realtor Sold by Julianne – Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North “Real Estate is one of the best investments there is. Historically, the market shifts or adjusts around every 7 years. We are currently in our 9th year of a strong market. Throughout the Atlanta area inventory in most price points is low. Buyers have more competition and need good representation in negotiations to win the deal. Sellers more than ever need strong agents that know how to price, market, stage, and negotiate to get the highest return on their investment. Discount and online brokerages offering homeowners less cost are becoming more appealing, but remember that less means less value, customer service and return. Choose a professional to protect one of your most important assets.” u

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ounded almost 48 years ago, the Chamber of Commerce is a highly proactive and visible influence in Cherokee County. While the majority of member businesses have ten or fewer employees, the Chamber provides a forum for businesses of all sizes and types. The mission of the Chamber is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life. The Chamber’s vision is to be the premier comprehensive resource for the Cherokee County business community. An active, viable organization serving more than 1,000 members through professional and personal development opportunities, the Chamber promotes a strong,

vigorous economic climate in Cherokee County. Not only do we create an atmosphere for new business growth in the county, the Chamber also strives to ensure that existing businesses thrive and newcomers and visitors recognize what Cherokee County has to offer. Providing numerous services and resources — some of these are available to the public, others to Chamber members—the Chamber thrives due to a strong base of business and community leaders who volunteer hundreds of hours each year. These volunteers review challenges, seek solutions and explore new ideas together in order to make Cherokee County a progressive, prosperous and eminently livable community. u

Ben Looper, CEO Southeast Restoration Group “I consider the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce as a cornerstone to my success and growth both personally and professionally. As a young entrepreneur from Cherokee County, I was looking for opportunities to surround myself with other likeminded individuals that were interested in making a difference in themselves and the community. In serving on numerous committees, Leadership Cherokee, the Board of Directors, and eventually serving as the Chairman of the Board, I was able to meet people, learn more about our community and grow both my business and myself in ways that I would have never been able to on my own. The pay is not very good, but the benefits of serving are limitless! ” Jamie H. Pritchett, CPA North GA CPA Services, PC “When I think of the Chamber, I think of community, a community of individuals with whom you can easily build a lasting relationship. My involvement with the Chamber began in 2009, when my then boss nominated me for the Chamber’s Leadership Cherokee program. Through that program, I went from knowing one or two people in the Chamber to immediately being connected with thirty plus people. Connections that turned into friendships, that then turned into business relationships. In the years that have passed since then, those connections have grown fourfold due to continuing our firm’s involvement in the Chamber’s numerous activities.” u


Cherokee Veterans Field (Parks and Recreation continued from page 46)

Located at 1485 Kellogg Creek Road in southwest Cherokee, Patriots Park packs a lot of fun into its 33 acres. It features two natural grass baseball/softball diamonds, two offleash dog parks, a paved walking trail that winds throughout the park, a picnic pavilion in a large open meadow perfect for family fun, an accessible and inclusive playground and an artificial turf adaptive use baseball/softball diamond. Dubbed Freedom Field, the adaptive use field is home to the Cherokee County Miracle League program, giving children and adults with special needs the ability to play the game we love. While the cities of Woodstock and Canton have existing dog parks, Pawtriots Park, as it is called, is the first dog park in a county park. Since its opening in spring 2017, the positive feedback has been remarkable, and the park is heavily used every day with playground visitors, walkers, tail-waggers and ballplayers. The park is also home to Cherokee County’s first commissioned artwork, a sculpture dedicated to patriotism by artist Gregory Johnson. In August the County cut the ribbon on the first phase of Cherokee Veterans Park, located at 7345 Cumming Highway in the Macedonia community. This park is nearly 149 acres in total, with the first phase including two natural grass athletic fields, an artificial turf athletic field, playground, tennis courts and two paved trail systems. One trail is 1/3 mile and loops around the playground area. For those 68

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looking for a longer walk, another trail circles the park and measures 1 1/3 miles. Both are ADA accessible. The park also includes the first public Pickleball courts in the county as well as the first public skate park. Both features have been a welcome addition to the county’s recreation and parks options. The entire park has been welcomed by the residents in this part of the county. Future additions to Cherokee Veterans Park are possible and could include baseball/softball fields, additional tennis and Pickleball courts, a community pavilion and a recreation center. u For more information about either of these parks or any of the other county parks and the numerous recreation programs available through Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, visit www.CRPA. net or call 770-924-7768.

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newcomer information If you are a newcomer to Cherokee County, the following information will be helpful as you settle into your new home. For any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at 770-345-0400.

UTILITIES ELECTRICITY Amicalola EMC............................706-253-5200 Cobb EMC...................................770-429-2100 Georgia Power...............................888-660-5890 Sawnee EMC................................770-502-0226 NATURAL GAS Atlanta Gas Light.........................800-427-5463 Gas South......................................877-427-4321 True Natural Gas...........................877-746-4362 PROPANE GAS

Please contact the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at 770-345-0400, or, for a list of Chamber member propane companies.


Please contact your local city hall or the Cherokee County Water Authority at 770-479-1813.


Please contact the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce at 770.345.0400, or, for a list of Chamber members providing residential and/or commercial sanitation services.

CABLE Comcast........................................800-266-2278 ETC Communications.....................706-253-2271 Windstream....................................770.479.2000 TELEPHONE Windstream...................................770.479.2000 AT&T...........................................888-288-2020 Comcast........................................800-266-2278 ETC Communications..................800-660-6826 TDS Telecom Nelson-Ball Ground....700-735-2000

HEALTH SERVICES Cherokee Co. Health Dept...........770-345-7371 South Cherokee Health Dept............770-928-0133 Environmental Health...................770-479-0444 Northside Hospital-Cherokee.......770-224-1000 WellStar/Kennestone Hospital......770-793-5000 70

POLICE AND FIRE For all emergencies.........................................911 GA State Patrol.............................404-624-7700 Sheriff ’s Department.....................678-493-4200 County Marshal............................678-493-6200 Fire Marshal..................................678-493-6290 Cherokee Office of Emergency Mgmt...678-493-4001


Driver’s License ............................678-413-8400 Tag Office......................................678-493-6400 (Out-of-state drivers have 30 days to obtain a Georgia driver’s license.)


Voter Registration.........................770-479-0407


Children must be five-years-old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and six or older on or before September 1 to enter the first grade in Cherokee County. To register your child for school, you will need a certified birth certificate, a vision, hearing and dental screen from a physician or health clinic, and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3032. For more information, or to register your child, please call the Cherokee County School District at 770-479-1871.

LIBRARIES Ball Ground...................................770-735-2025 Hickory Flat..................................770-345-7565 Rose Creek....................................770-591-1491 RT Jones........................................770-479-3090 Woodstock.....................................770-926-5859



Ball Ground...................................770-735-2123 Canton..........................................770-704-1500 Holly Springs................................770-345-5536 Nelson...........................................770-735-2211 Waleska.........................................770-479-2912 Woodstock.....................................770-592-6000


General Information.....................678-493-6000 Animal Control.............................678-493-6200 Animal Shelter..............................770-345-7270 (continued on page 72)

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County 247,573 Ball Ground 2,041 Canton 27,936 Holly Springs 11,935 Nelson 1,365 Waleska 890 Woodstock 31,564

Business License............................770-721-7810 Building Permits............................770-721-7810 Cherokee Family Learning Center...770-720-1685 Commissioners Office...................678-493-6000 County Attorney...........................678-493-6000 County Extension Service.............770-721-7803 District Attorney...........................770-479-1488 Engineering...................................678-493-6077 Family Violence Center.................770-479-1804 Fire & Emergency Services...........678-493-4000 GIS & Mapping............................678-439-6050 Humane Society............................770-928-5115 Marriage License...........................678-493-6160 Planning and Zoning....................678-493-6101 Probate Court (24 hrs)..................678-493-6160 Property Tax..................................678-493-6120 Public Transportation (CATS)......770-345-6238 Recycling Center...........................770-516-4195 Roads & Bridges...........................770-345-5842 Senior Services..............................770-345-2675 Septic Tank Inspections.................770-479-0444 South Cherokee Annex.................770-924-7768 Tax Assessor..................................678-493-6120 Tax Commissioner........................678-493-6400 Vital Records.................................770-928-0133

Total Dwellings Owner-Occupied Dwellings Renter-Occupied Dwellings Housing Units Occupied



Family & Children’s Services.........404-657-3459 Forestry Commission....................770-720-3525 GA Dept. of Labor........................770-528-6100 GA Public Service Comm.............404-656-4501 GA Dept. of Transportation..........404-631-1990 Immigration..................................800-375-5283 Secretary of State’s Office..............844-753-7825 Social Security...............................800-772-1213 State Govt. Directory Assistance.....478-783-1011 Veteran Services............................770-720-3538

MEDIA Atlanta Journal-Constitution........800-933-9771 Cherokee Ledger News.................770-928-0706 Cherokee Tribune..........................770-479-1441 WLJA-FM 101.1..........................678-454-9552


Source: U.S. Census Bureau


2020 309,150 2025 360,734 2030 417,600 INCOME

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$72,586 $32,002 37.7


1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6+ Person 2017 TAXES

Effective Property Tax Millage Rate Local Sales Tax State Sales Tax

Total 92,057 77.3% 17,576 87,260 Total 16,852 29,242 15,610 14,907 6,731 2,470

$11.52 per $1000 28.812 2% 4%

TOP EMPLOYERS Belnick, Inc. Chart, Inc. Cherokee County Government Cherokee County School District Inalfa Roof Systems, Inc. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Pilgrim’s Piolax Corporation Reinhardt University Universal Alloy Corporation

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