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New Members of HCCC Board of Directors

The Henry County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) is pleased to announce the Class of 2014 Board of Directors. HCCC members cast votes to elect each new class who then serves a three-year term on the HCCC Board of Directors. “Chamber Board members represent an array of businesses throughout Henry County, and we are pleased once again by the caliber of community leaders who continue to commit to the Chamber,” remarked Kay Pippin, HCCC President. “It is an honor to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce,” says Judge Chafin, “the Chamber is one of the organizations in Henry County that advances our quality of life by supporting education, government and

business.” Says David Pittman, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve on the Chamber and look forward to becoming an active member.” The newly-elected members of the Class of 2014 were invited to participate in the annual Board of Directors planning retreat held October 19 as a means of orientation to the Board’s planning, scheduling and strategy setting. Members of the class of 2014 begin their terms in January 2012.

Lisa Kinchen Owner, H Magazine

William Strickland President, Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet

James (Jim) Chafin Judge, Henry County State Court

Brad Tho President, Snappingmas Shoals

David Pitt CFO, Bennett Internaman tional Group

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Leonard Moreland President & CEO, Heritage Bank

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Chamber Welcomes New Chairman Danny Brown

Accentuate the Positive! I was raised by a terrific mother and father. I can remember growing up as a child in south Georgia and my mom singing and humming the Johnny Mercer song “Accentuate the Positive.” What a fond memory and one that, in a way, helped shape my attitude toward life and business! The lyrics went something like: “Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the negative, Latch on to the affirmative; Don’t mess with Mr. “InBetween….” We as business owners and residents in Henry County have an opportunity to “Accentuate the Positive” every day. Just consider a few things that are incredibly positive in Henry County: The E2: Economics & Education Initiative – A great foundation/groundwork was laid by the task force in 2011. With the important follow-through and “heavy lifting” that will come from our Education Foundation, Henry County is in a position to set the standard for the state of Georgia as it relates to the entire community working together toward the betterment of our education system and workforce development. Work-Ready Certification – Under the leadership of Kevin Smith, Henry County was recently recognized as the 2nd largest county in the state (next to Gwinnett) to be certified as a Work-Ready Community. This puts us in an enviable position when it comes to companies looking to relocate to our

county and the available pool of work-ready certified talent. Southern Crescent Technical College – The upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Henry County campus of Southern Crescent Technical College is just around the corner – and they are already starting to plan for the second phase! What a tremendous opportunity this will bring to our county as the college gets established and provides growth opportunities for students and a skilled workforce for Henry County. Partnership with Piedmont – The recently announced partnership of Henry Medical Center with Piedmont Healthcare will allow our county to further establish itself as “the” hub for medical care on the southside of Atlanta. The respect and resources Piedmont brings to an already highly regarded Henry Medical Center will further enhance our quality of life. This list could go on and on. I am excited about taking on the role as Chairman of HCCC’s Board of Directors for 2012 because there is so much to be enthused about. However, there is still much that needs to be done to continue the momentum and to tackle upcoming issues such as transportation and its impact on Henry County and the generations to come. This is where I enlist your support. I believe that for those of us who are fortunate enough to work and live in Henry County, we

have a responsibility to actively engage in and contribute to this community. I encourage every member to find a way to get involved in the Chamber in 2012 and to make a positive difference. The Chamber offers many volunteer opportunities through its various committees. If you would like to know how you “fit” in one of those areas, simply contact the Chamber. Fresh ideas and opinions that reflect our member businesses are always welcome! Your 2012 Chamber Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have already been through a strategic planning process that enabled us to identify future direction and we constantly strive to develop exciting programs for Chamber members that enhance your business life as well as the quality of life for residents in our county. While attending meetings on behalf of the Chamber in and around metro Atlanta recently, I can assure you that others see and comment on the positive impact your Chamber of Commerce has on our community. Join with me and let’s continue to “Accentuate the Positive!”

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Danny Brown and his wife, Patti, are owners of SERVPRO® of Henry and Spalding Counties, headquartered in McDonough. SERVPRO is the nation’s leader in fire & water damage cleanup and restoration.

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2012 Regional T-SPLOST Referendum Includes Discretionary Funds for Henry County Cities By Tim Young, AICP–Director, Community Development Department, City of Locust Grove At the end of July 2012, voters across the Atlanta Region and in regions across the state will vote on transportation project investments through an increase in the sales tax by one penny for a period of 10 years. On October 15, 2011, the Atlanta Regional Roundtable voted on a project list as part of the state legislation that uses 85% of the revenues for regional-scale road, transit, and bike/pedestrian improvements across the 10 ARC counties. There is a 15% return on the revenues produced from the proposed tax increase to the local governments in the region based on population and street lane miles in each jurisdiction. This would mean a range of annual return of $2- $2.5 million for the smaller towns of Hampton and Locust Grove to $4.75 - $5 million to the larger cities of Stockbridge and McDonough. Total projected revenues over the 10-year life of the SPLOST from the 15% discretionary revenues is about $74 million for Henry County’s four cities. The projects for this local share are just under development, but are subject to the general provisions of the legislation for transportation, transit and non-motorized transportation improvements. A key aspect of this additional revenue would be to provide general operations and maintenance of the existing street network. For Locust Grove, the collections would pro-

vide the necessary funding for repaving over half of the city’s existing street network or construct one or two major reconstruction projects, such as reconstruction of Tanger Boulevard to Georgia standards as a true bypass around the city for Interstate 75-bound traffic. The city also has some possible bike/pedestrian improvements that could be undertaken to connect existing multiuse paths into a more coherent system. Like Locust Grove, the other cities are looking at basic street maintenance and reconstruction as well as bicycle/pedestrian improvements and/or major road and intersection projects. In all cases, the proposed return on sales tax will supplement already tight general fund and capital improvements budget, keeping ad valorem property taxes low while maintaining existing levels of service for police, fire, and other necessary operations of local governance. As the New Year draws near, local governments across the region will continue the dialogue on the use of the possible new revenue, but the determining factor lies in the outcome of the vote July 31, 2012. This article is Part II in a series of articles/forums to provide Chamber members with information concerning the 2012 Metro Atlanta Regional T-SPLOST Referendum.

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The Chamber’s first-ever Holiday Party, much like the Membership Appreciation Lunch held on Halloween, was a big hit celebrating our members as they enjoyed the beautifully decorated Holiday Inn & SuitesStockbridge, along with heavenly treats for their taste buds -- compliments of On the Roxx Restaurant in the hotel. In addition to holiday music by acoustic guitar and cello, members of The Henry Players were on hand to provide entertainment and even the jolly old elf himself was there doling out lots of Christmas presents. Chamber members really outdid themselves, donating 60 gifts ranging in value from $20 to $400, including HenryChamberVisions_JAN.indd 3

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weekend packages, golfing and flat screen TVs, adding immensely to the evening’s festivities. A note of sincere appreciation goes to our host – Holiday Inn & Suites-Stockbridge (especially Marketing Manager, Kim Krumm), the chefs and staff of the hotel and On the Roxx Restaurant, the musicians, the Henry Players, those who provided the florals and decorations, those who donated prizes and all those who turned out. This is sure to become an annual event – a “must attend” each holiday season! To view all the photos from the party, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HenryCountyChamberofCommerce.

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Brad Thomas, Vice Chair for Economic & Cultural Development, Snapping Shoals EMC Charlie Scott, Vice Chair for Chamber Development, Piedmont Henry Hospital June Wood, Vice Chair for Government & Education, Georgia Power Julie Hoover-Ernst, CVB Chair, Henry County Board of Commissioners Kay Pippin, Henry County Chamber of Commerce President CLASS OF 2012 Herschel Arant, Central Georgia EMC Danny Brown, SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties Steve Moore, Moore Bass Consulting, Inc. John Newman, Classic Landscapes, Inc. Laura Turner, Eleste Marketing, Inc. June Wood, Georgia Power

CLASS OF 2013 Eddie Ausband, The Ausband Agency Greg Cannon, Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors Steve Nail, Nail Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Shane Persaud, Building Design Partnership, LLC Rhonda Segers, United Community Bank Denise Sowell, Capitol Street Financial Services CLASS OF 2014 James Chafin, Judge, Henry County State Court Lisa Kinchen, Owner/Editor, H Magazine Leonard Moreland, President & CEO, Heritage Bank David Pittman, CFO, Bennett International Group William Strickland, President, Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet Brad Thomas, President, Snapping Shoals EMC

Ex Officio Members Chairman Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, HC Board of Commissioners Mayor R.W. Coley, City of Hampton Mayor Robert Price, City of Locust Grove Mayor Billy Copeland, City of McDonough Mayor Lee Stuart, City of Stockbridge Ethan Hildreth, Superintendent, Henry County Schools Charlie Scott, CEO, Piedmont Henry Hospital Vickie Loper, Chairman, Henry County Development Authority Roderick Burch, Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority Holly Campbell, Leadership Henry Jake Carter, Chair Appointee Peto Fallas, Chair Appointee Gerald Hudgins, Chair Appointee

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County Closes Loophole in Signage Ordinance Henry County Commissioners have updated a provision in its development code regarding signage that had been in place since 2004. The change closes a loophole that had allowed businesses to install signage during certain times of the year without paying the $100 in review and permitting fees normally charged by the County. All permanent signs greater than 32 square feet are required to have a permit. However, prior to the change, all signs less than 32 square feet in size that are posted during “permit exempt season,” that is the period that runs from 90 days prior to the date of any primary, general or runoff election until 20 days after the election, were exempt from the fees. “The intent was clearly to waive the fees for political signs, but the result was a period of time, amounting to seven months out of the year, that anyone who wished to put up any kind of sign that was less than 32 square feet, whether it was a banner publicizing an event or a permanent sign for a business, could do so during that time and avoid paying the fees,” explained Cheri Hobson-Matthews, Director of the Henry County Planning & Zoning Department. Henry County CVB Recruits New Sports Tournaments

In November Tim Coley, Director of Parks & Recreation, and HCCC Tourism Director Laura Luker traveled to Orlando for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Annual Meeting. There they manned a booth, handing out Oh Henry!© candy bars and talking with tournament organizers about Henry County’s more than 70 softball and baseball fields and the new 14 field soccer complex at Mt. Carmel Park. Attendance at shows like the USSSA Annual Meeting reinforces current relationships HenryChamberVisions_JAN.indd 5

With Monday’s amendments to the code, temporary signs will still be exempt during the “permit exempt season,” but fees will be assessed on permanent signs for businesses, even if they are less than 32 square feet. “We cannot single out and exempt only political signs because we are not allowed to look at a sign’s content to make a determination,” explained Hobson-Matthews. “Consequently, fees for temporary business or event signage will still have to be waived during the “permit exempt season.” The amendment does require businesses wishing to keep their temporary signs up beyond the “permit exempt season” to come in and pay the applicable fees in order to obtain the proper permits. Those who do not comply with these requirements risk a citation from Code Enforcement that could be as much as $500, considerably more than what they would pay for the permit. To learn more about Henry County’s Unified Land Development Code in which this ordinance is located, please visit www.co.henry.ga.us/PlanningZoning/ULDC.shtml. Reprinted with permission from the Henry County Board of Commissioners. and builds new ones. Tournaments bring big money to Henry County each year and many of those tournaments originate from USSSA. “Tournaments are one of the largest tourism draws for Henry County outside Atlanta Motor Speedway’s yearly NASCAR race,” stated Julie Hoover-Ernst, Chairman of the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. In fact, in 2011 the USSSA Super NIT Tournament attracted 455 teams from around the country. With about 335 teams participating from outside the metro area, at approximately 12-13 players per team, that equates to more than 4,000 hotel bookings for 2-3 nights. Factor in at least one other

A news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia Companies to Benefit from Improved Access to International Trade Services and Resources New Online Tools Provide Gateway to Trade Programs, Global Markets ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2011—Small businesses interested in growing their exports can now apply for new or lower cost export services online. These services are made available due to a grant that the Georgia Department of Economic Development received from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant provides both new export services and reduced fees for some existing export services for qualified small- and medium-sized businesses. By registering for the state’s trade services online at trade.georgia.org, Georgia companies will also receive advance notice of international trade missions and trade shows. There is no cost to register, and registration is necessary to access these services. “The SBA grant provides new tools and resources to reach more small- and medium-sized businesses to help them increase exports, which in turn creates more jobs at home in Georgia,” said Kathe Falls, director of the International Trade Division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). “When a Georgia company partners with the state’s International Trade office, it gains access to research, online assistance, training, financial opportunities and in-country market assessments. It also receives assistance with trade shows, international trade missions, in-country matchmaking appointments, connections with international buyers and trade opportunity alerts. Most of the state’s trade services are offered free of charge.” Increased exports are good for Georgia and Georgia companies. Exporting is not just about increasing profits: it is also about helping companies diversify markets, and gain a competitive edge through global exposure to new technology, innovations and competition. In Georgia, companies that sell overseas grow an average of 18 percent faster than those that don’t, and their workforces are typically 10 to 15 percent more productive. Increased international sales volumes also lower overall production costs and lead to increased profitability. Georgia’s exports exceeded $28.9 billion in 2010, an

increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year and the most Georgia has ever exported in a single year. In the past 10 years, Georgia exports have grown nearly 100 percent. The number of deals facilitated by Georgia’s International Trade team has more than doubled since its 2006 fiscal year. During fiscal year 2011, GDEcD’s 10 international offices assisted with 60 percent of these deals. According to the International Trade Administration, Georgia is home to more than 10,000 exporters, of which 83 percent have fewer than 500 employees. For information about the state’s trade services, please contact Ms. Taube Ponce, senior international trade manager and manager of Georgia’s SBA grant, at 404-962-4118 or by email at tponce@georgia.org. About GDEcD The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit www.georgia.org.

person traveling with these players, and the estimated total amount of direct spending in our local economy from dining, entertainment, etc. is more than $1.6 million. On top of that, nearly $50,000 in tax revenue was injected into the SPLOST, E-SPLOST and LOST coffers in one weekend by people from outside Henry County! And that is just from one tournament. In 2011, Henry County hosted more than 40 sports tournaments. Through the tourism that these tournaments drive, Henry County’s athletic facilities are now giving back to the SPLOST programs that built them in the first place as well as helping to lower taxes for residents. 12/27/11 2:03 PM


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it’s happening in Henry Comfortably South of Atlanta Winter Fishing

January 6-8 & 20-22 - 7:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. Tussahaw and Gardner Reservoirs. In order to fish Authority reservoirs, anglers must have an active reservoir use permit, available for $45 at the HCWSA headquarters during normal business hours. For more information on public fishing at HCWSA Reservoirs, citizens can contact the HCWSA Reservoirs Department at 678-583- 3930, or visit the Authority’s Web site at www.hcwsa.com.

Adult CPR, First Aid & AED Certification Courses January 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin Campus, Building 100

McDonough Arts Council Juried Art Show & Annual Members Meeting and Reception January 13 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Winsor Gallery, 34 Macon Street in McDonough www.mcdonougharts.net

Winter Flurry Legends Racing

January 14 & 28 Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow battle for short-track supremacy on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring,” the facility’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval track, during the 2011-12 Winter Flurry season. Each event features multiple classes of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing. Fans can purchase infield passes at the Security Command building near the speedway’s main entrance. Infield access costs just $12 for adults, $5 for children ages six through 11 and admission is free for children ages five and younger. Cost to race is just $25. Minors and their guardians are required to complete a minor waiver before children ages 17 and younger can enter the infield; the waiver and instructions can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. For more information, visit www.legendsofga.com or www. atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Observe the Sun

January 14 -10:00 a.m. Panola Mountain State Park Take a closer look at the Earth’s closest star. Participants will observe the sun in white-light and H-alpha telescopes which are specially built for this purpose and are safe for eyes. Learn other facts about the sun and the solar system. $5 parking.

Basic Archery

January 21 -10:00 a.m. Panola Mountain State Park Take aim and hit the bull’s eye! Join a certified instructor to learn archery basics. Meet at the Archery Range. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up.  $10. $5 parking.

Making a Connection Ambassadors conducted “Chamber Connection” visits to member businesses on Wednesday, December 14, delivering goodies and well wishes. Membership Committee Chairman Steve Nail reinforces the importance of such visits, stating “I was a nonparticipating Chamber member until the day the Ambassadors paid a Chamber Connection visit to me. That was the turning point that propelled me to get more involved. My business has benefitted greatly from the connections I’ve since made through the Chamber. It’s been a great investment of time and energy for Nail Heating and Air!”

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Caring Touch Family Dentistry

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CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP Welcome to our NEW Members

Georgia Jets Professional Football Team Rowan Reid 4850 Sugarloaf Parkway Suite 209-337 Lawrenceville 30044 (678) 744-5387 rowan@georgia-jets.com Live Event Solutions, Inc. Jennifer Teal 10445 Old Atlanta Hwy. Covington 30014 770-922-8189 jenn@liveeventsolutions.net M. Charlene Alexander, CPA, PC Charlene Alexander 5040 Bill Gardner Parkway Locust Grove 30248 (678) 759-1423 foracpa@bellsouth.net

Perfect Portrait Family Dentistry Michelle Gwin 5040 Bill Gardner Parkway Locust Grove 30248 (678) 304-8408 info@perfectportraitdentistry.com

A Fond Farewell to Mayor Lindsey A resolution was adopted by the HCCC Board of Directors during its December meeting commending retiring mayor, Lorene Lindsey, for her twelve years of service to the City of Locust Grove. In 1999 Mayor Lindsey became the first female mayor of Locust Grove and has since served three consecutive terms. She was instrumental in redeveloping the historic downtown and the city’s infrastructure while also serving as an active volunteer for a number of civic organizations. Mayor Lindsey’s last day in office is December 31, 2011.

Preston Creek Apartments Vanessa Norton 100 Preston Creek Drive McDonough 30253 (770) 957-9955 vanessa.norton@wilkinsonrea.com Tractor Supply Fred DeMarce 1565 Highway 81 East McDonough 30252 (770) 914-2500 str1581@tractorsupply.com

James Management Consulting Group, LLC Derrick Austin 950 Eagle’s Landing Parkway Suite 111 Stockbridge 30281 (404) 983-1992 daustin@jamesmanagementgroup.com

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y on her retirement. congratulate Mayor Lindse (R) e Ric lor Tay n ma air (L) and Ch HCCC President Kay Pippin

Thank You to our RENEWING Members

Bobbie Wingo Briggs & Stratton, Yard Power Products Group Caritas Medical Center Central Georgia EMC Covenant Care Pediatrics, PC Gresham & Associates, Inc. Griffin Insurance Agency Henry County Cooperative Extension Henry Medical Center Foundation InterLink Control Magnolia Golf Group McDonough Family Eyecare McGarity Insurance Meadows & Macie, PC Mobility Warehouse Moseley Furniture Company, Inc. Moye’s Pharmacy - 6 locations

Nan Lee Pin Strikes Entertainment Center Point to Point Land Surveyors, Inc. Prologistix PVH Corporation Rowe’s Tree Service Snapping Shoals EMC Sons Honda Strawn & Co. Insurance Susan Clowdus and Associates Realtors, Inc. The First State Bank - 7 locations Toppan Interamerica, Inc. Walgreens - 5 locations Walker & Associates Real Estate Services, Inc. Wal-Mart - Hudson Bridge Road Wilensky & Kresses Group

The Henry County Chamber has a FACEBOOK page where you can see what’s going on with us and our members. View photos of ribbon cuttings, recent Chamber events and more – you never know who you might see! Visit www.facebook.com/ HenryCountyChamberofCommerce. Be sure to “LIKE” us!

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The Chamber Extends Sincere Appreciation to the 2011 leaders whose terms are expiring Board of Directors – Taylor Rice, Chairman; Michelle Deraney; Marlin Gilbert; Kevin Smith; Lee Spahos; Danny Stone; Rep Andrew Welch; and Mayor Lorene Lindsey. Committee Chairs – Taylor Rice, Executive Committee; Kevin Smith, Existing Industries

Council; Mark Jones, Government Affairs Committee; Laura Turner, Media Relations Committee; Rhonda Segers, Golf Committee; Charles Woodroof, Education Foundation; and Aggie Combs, Youth Leadership Henry.

CVB Welcomes Three New Board Members The Henry County Convention and Visitors

Bureau recently named three new members to its board for 2012. Crystal Turnipseed, Director of Sales and Marketing, Courtyard by Marriot; Nicole Pratt, General Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites; and Howard Hsu, Owner, Gezzo’s Surf & Grille will join the twelve-member board in January. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is a division of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce charged with the development and promotion of tourism activities in Henry County. The HCCC/ CVB works to foster a widespread public knowlStudent / Teacher Appreciation Recognition Breakfast edge of the economic impact of tourism and to efThe Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee will host the fect cooperation between citizens, businesses and industries. To this end the CVB Board of Directors 2012 STAR Breakfast on March 1, 2012 at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club. is made up of representatives from each of the During the breakfast, Chamber officials will honor 2012 Henry County STAR Students and Teachers. This is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments participating municipalities and from businesses in the tourism industry. “We try to make sure we of our hard working students and their dedicated teachers across Henry County. are getting a representative sample of all types The following sponsorships for the breakfast are available to Chamber Members: of businesses that play a critical role in Henry County’s tourism industry,” stated Laura Luker, Supernova Director of Tourism for the CVB. “A lot of new and — $500 — exciting changes took place last year under the Recognized at the STAR Breakfast, newspaper articles, STAR printed leadership of our 2011 Board of Directors and I program, and on HCCC website as a premier sponsor am eager to see what is in store for 2012 with this Three of your representatives may attend the breakfast and have your picture taken with the STAR student and STAR teacher for the press release new group of innovative leaders.”

The 2012 STAR Breakfast

Shining Star

— $300 — Recognized at the STAR Breakfast, on the STAR printed program, and on HCCC website Two of your representatives may attend the breakfast

Rising Star

— $150 — Recognized at the STAR Breakfast, on the STAR printed program, and on HCCC website One representative may attend the breakfast Contact the Chamber at (770) 957-5786 for additional information. HenryChamberVisions_JAN.indd 9

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Chamber Briefs ... Congratulations to Stockbridge Elementary School for being named one of the 2011 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement for having the greatest gain in test scores. Since 2009, the school saw a ten point gain in mathematics and a four point gain in reading. Stockbridge is one of only thirteen schools in the state to earn recognition as a 2011 School of Excellence for Greatest Gains.

fastest-growing. Elkins served on numerous Henry County government committees, including the Long-Range Planning Committee for Comprehensive Land Use, helping to successfully secure provisions in the master plan that provides for the transfer of development rights of farmland to preserve green space in Henry County. He was a longtime member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Dianne, accepted the award from Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.

Congratulations also go to Smith-Barnes Elementary School for winning the “Glee Give a Note Contest” presented by Twentieth Century Fox Television. The school will receive $10,000 in support of their music program and plans to use these funds to purchase instruments for the beginning band program as well Join the excitement as Piedmont Healthcare as to update and enhance music technology. and Henry Medical Center unveil their new Henry County is one sign on January 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Parking of 19 Work-Ready will be available in the south employee lot Communities an- and the Foundation Education Center lot with nounced by the Gover- a shuttle service. A reception follows in the nor’s Office of Work- Foundation Education Center. force Development December 16. This designation communicates a county as having the skilled workforce needed to meet business demands and drive economic growth, as well as the educational foundation to build a pipeline of workers to create ongoing success. Each Happy Anniversary to Strong Rock Chrisdesignated county receives a $7,000 grant, road signs and a seal denoting the year they tian School in Locust Grove as they celebrate achieved the certification. See next month’s five years of excellence in educating children! newsletter for the full story. Congratulations to M. Allan Vigil of Allan Vigil Jack Elkins posthumously received Georgia Ford Lincoln Mercury on Farm Bureau’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award on December 4 at GFB’s annual conreceiving an Honorary Docvention. Mr. Elkins served as a director on the torate in Public Service Henry County Farm Bureau Board of Directors from Clayton State Univerfrom 1990 to 1997 and as HCFB president from sity on December 10 for his 1998 until his death February 1, 2010. He led years of service to the metro HCFB through a period of change during the Atlanta community and the State of Georgia. 1990s when the county was among the nation’s

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Hats off to Superior Court Judge Brian Amero who was featured in the November 28 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his unique and innovative approach to rehabilitating drug offenders while saving taxpayer dollars, often successfully generating win-win solutions! Congratulations to McDonough Mayor Pro Tempore Sandra Vincent; Bruce Holmes, Henry County Commissioner for District V; Andre Landers, senior pastor of Higher Living Christian Church; and Dana Lemon, coowner of the W.D. Lemon Funeral Home in McDonough and board member for the Georgia Department of Transportation on being inducted recently into the Who’s Who in Black Atlanta which highlights the positive achievements of African Americans and serves as a resource and networking guide for the community.

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Kudos to Speedway Children’s Charities – Atlanta Chapter for awarding $117,615 in grants to 24 organizations throughout Georgia, including A Friend’s House, Connecting Henry, Henry County Parks & Recreation, The People First of Henry County right here in Henry County. SCC raises funds for qualified children’s charitable organizations and to date has distributed over $3.3 million to such causes since 1994. Congratulations also to SCC Atlanta Chapter Director, Ginger Moats, on receiving a signed commendation from Governor Nathan Deal for her work with SCC and her community involvement.

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Business Boosters Lunch in November Sets Tone for 2012 The November 17 Business Boosters Luncheon featured Lon Langston who set the tone for our attitude going into 2012. Mr. Langston is a successful businessman, founding Georgia National Produce in 2004 and growing it to over $20 million in revenue and over 60 employees within five years. He serves on numerous boards and organizations and enjoys providing motivational lectures. Mr. Langston is a resident of Henry County where his daughters attended Community Christian School. Mr. Langston began his talk with the statement that “all revenue is NOT profitable; all growth is NOT good.” He then explained that we have the tendency to begin to overindulge – especially in boon times – as though the good times will never end. Companies expend capital on expansion and take profits, rather than doing what’s logical – hoarding cash in the good times and preparing for potential future bad times. He feels the laws of economics must act – that eventually the bubble must burst and that companies must invest resources in things that will help them to endure. They MUST build reserves. The bottom line – plan for the bad times even in the good times. Says Langston, “pour your

attention, energy and funds into things that will sustain you.” He elaborated on the axiom of “delayed gratification” – working and waiting for those things desired until the necessary reserves and resources are in place. He calls it “paradox preparation” – preparing for the good times while in the bad times and vice versa. He advocates strategic planning and goal setting as important in bad times as well as good. Mr. Langston built the tenets of his company on the book by Jim Collins, Good to Great, which he wrote following a five-year research study. He continues to practice Collins guidance, embracing a second book, Great by Choice, based on a nine-year research study by the author focused on preparation. He encouraged all present to determine priorities and to set goals that will result in excellence and preparation for leveraging both the good and bad times –and that good times will inevitably come again. He suggested we be prepared to handle them wisely. A delicious lasagna lunch was catered by 15th Street Pizza and several attendees left with door prizes including $25 gift cards, a beautiful dish garden and more.

January Business Boosters Lunch

Co-Hosted by HCCC Small Business Council & Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) Atlanta

“Business Development Successes on the Southside: The “Rest” of the Story” Featuring Panelists: Bob Simmons Chief Development Officer, Development Authority of Fulton County Greg Wright President, Coweta County Development Authority Grant Wainscott Director, Clayton County Office of Economic Development Bob White Executive Director, Henry County Development Authority January 19, 2011 HCCC Hudgins Room 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. While the rest of metro Atlanta is slowly coming out of the Great Recession, the Southside – with major project locations such as the Porsche North American Headquarters, Phillips-Van Heusen and Cancer Treatment Centers of America – is showing a remarkable rebound. Join us in January for a look- behind-the-scenes – with a panel of South Metro’s top economic developers to discuss these, and other, exciting business development announcements. The cost is $12 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call (770)957-5786 or email preeves@henrycounty.com for more information.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

What Does Investment Landscape Look Like in 2012? As an investor, you know that 2011 was a somewhat “choppy” year, with the financial markets going through many ups and downs. So what can you expect in 2012? As baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is quoted as saying: “It’s hard to make predictions — especially about the future.” And these words are certainly applicable for anyone who would like an accurate forecast of the investment climate. Yet we do know of some factors that may affect your portfolio in the months ahead. Here are a few of them: Strong business fundamentals — This past year, all the noise about the debt ceiling debate, the size of the U.S. deficit and the European financial situation tended to drown out some fairly good news: U.S. businesses’ balance sheets were strong for the most part, borrowing costs remained low, and corporate profits were good — and corporate profitability remains a key driver of stock prices. Heading into 2012, these fundamentals continue to look positive, which may bode well for investors.

Europe’s debt crisis — Greece’s economic problems made a lot of news in 2011, but they weren’t the end of the story in Europe, as major financial difficulties also face Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. It’s by no means clear how these problems will be resolved, so don’t be surprised to see them lead to intermittent, if short-lived, shocks to the markets. Election-year patterns — As you’re well aware, we’re voting for president in 2012. But you might be surprised to learn that the S&P 500 index has shown negative returns in only three of the last 21 presidential election years. Coincidence? No one can say for sure — and at this point, no one can say if this pattern of positive returns will continue during this election year. Still, it’s an interesting phenomenon. So there you have it: the good, the bad and the quirky. Take them all together, and you still may not be able to foresee what will happen with the markets this year, but you’ll have a lot to think about. But instead of trying to predict what will happen in

2012, you may be better off following these tried-and-true investment strategies: Diversify your holdings. By spreading your money among a wide range of investments, you can reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss. Don’t ignore your risk tolerance. If you worry excessively about market fluctuations, you may have too much risk in your portfolio, which means you may need to make some changes. Always look at the “big picture.” Financial markets will always fluctuate. But if you can keep your focus on your long-term objectives, and make decisions accordingly, you can avoid overreacting to short-term events. Like other years, 2012 will bring with it periods of both turbulence and smooth sailing. But by making the right investment moves, you can still chart a course that can allow you to move ever closer to your future goals. Wise investment choices take much more than a crystal ball.

New Year’s is a time to reflect on the year past. It is also a time to set goals for the future, and Edward Jones can help you do just that. We’re in your neighborhood and available to help you take steps now to help meet your long-term financial goals. Call today to set up a complimentary portfolio review.

Financial Advisor Lin Watts 305 Olde Towne Way McDonough, GA 30252 (678) 583-1325

Financial Advisor David E. Shofman 5487 N. Henry Blvd. Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 506-1994

Financial Advisor Gerry Simon 130 Eagle Spring Court, Ste. B Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 389-8912

Financial Advisor Logan Lowrey 2141 Hwy 155 N McDonough, GA 30252 (678) 583-5090

Financial Advisor Jeremy Lange 102A Woolsey Road Hampton, GA 30228 (770) 707-2390

Financial Advisor John H. Dorminy 190 Turner Street McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 957-0250

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Financial Advisor Daniel Cash 220 Jonesboro Road McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 898-1735

Financial Advisor David R. Dodd Jr. Publix Shopping Center 220 Jonesboro Road McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 898-1735

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Economic Impact of Film Projects...Henry County Seeing Stars December saw some big stars gracing the streets of Henry County as a new Tyler Perry film starring Kim Kardashian filmed in Hampton and a new NBC sitcom pilot staring Nathan Lane shot at two Locust Grove establishments including The French Market & Tavern. The question often arises when these film crews are in town: What is the economic impact of these types of productions? What is in it for the residents? Although the NBC production crews were only in town for one day filming, they spent approximately $20,000 in the county. Venues, parking and staging areas had to be secured. Meals for the cast and crew, building materials for sets and local off-duty police were procured to handle security and traffic concerns. These are direct investments in the county’s economy that can be tied to such productions, without even accounting for spending that cast and

crew members may have done in their downtime. Tourism, regardless of the source, is a strong component of local economies.  As tourism increases, jobs and new businesses follow, infusing the community with new revenue.  In 2010, Henry County tourism employed more than 2,000 people, generated $5.55 million in local tax revenue and saved Henry County residents $208 per household. This “tourism tax relief” assumes that if tourism activity had not taken place, Henry County households would have had to pay more to keep today’s same level of government services. In addition to the direct investment, the publicity that comes with the filming of a television show or feature film offers priceless, free advertising, media hype and film-rated tourism. “It was an honor for us to be chosen as a location for this sitcom pilot,” said

Rick Weaver, owner of The French Market. “It is a huge benefit for The French Market, as a new business, to get our name out as much as possible and we are now in a national database for future projects.” In addition to the use of their building, The French Market was also able to provide some of the meals for the crew. When “The Walking Dead” crew was in town this summer filming on Highway 20 in Hampton, it generated lively discussion across multiple news outlets and the stories were then reposted by fans on Facebook. Such Facebook presence, along with headlines like the Atlanta-Journal Constitution article “Zombies take over Henry County highway,” bring attention to Henry County. The show has since been renewed for a third season,so who knows -zombies could well invade Henry County again! Georgia has become one of

the top five states for filming due in part to the tax incentives offering filmmakers up to a 30% tax credit if they register their project with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and spend at least $500,000 in the state. This incentive catapulted production spending in Georgia from around $30 million to around $1 billion in 2010. The

key to these credits is that they are transferable. The majority of filmmakers are not based in Georgia and therefore the credits do not benefit them directly. However, these credits can be purchased by Georgia-based companies for around 80 or 90 cents on the dollar, creating a win-win situation for both the production companies and the Georgia businesses.

Rome & the Amalfi Coast November 1-10, 2012 Highlights…. Whisper Headsets • Rome • Regional Wines with Dinner Ravello • Villa Rufolo • Vietri-sul-Mare • Sorrento Amalfi Coast • Paestum • Pompeii • Wine Tasting Naples Archeological Museum Double $3,099 Single $4,239 Triple $3,419 per person Book Now & Save $200 per person Reservation deadline: May 1, 2012 HenryChamberVisions_JAN.indd 13

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November 17 Advanced Family Eye Care of Hampton

990 Bear Creek Boulevard, Suite D Hampton, GA 30228 Contact: Dr. Crystal Gardner (770) 707-0811 www.familyeyecarega.com

December 6 The Community Cares Toy Shop Headed by Connecting Henry and Avalon Hope McDonough, GA 30253 www.connectinghenry.org or www.avalonhope.net

November 18 LeAnne P. Cooper, P.C.

133 Jonesboro Street McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Ms. LeAnne P. Cooper 770-626-5640 www.leannepcooper.com

Celebrating 40 years of providing exceptional value, the utmost integrity and excellence to:

Our Customers, Our Community & Our Companies We Represent

December 1 Tractor Supply

1565 Highway 81 East McDonough, GA 30253 Contact: Mr. Fred DeMarce 770-914-2500 www.tractorsupply.com

November 30 State Farm Insurance – Ann M. Sullivan State Farm Insurance - Grant Carter 1499 Highway 20 West McDonough, GA 30253 Contacts: Ms. Ann M. Sullivan 678-583-9400 www.annsullivan.net Mr. Grant Carter 770-957-3122 www.grantcarter.net

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