THRIVE | Issue 3 | Spring 2019

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A Quarterly Business Publication of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber Issue 3 | Spring 2019

LOVE FOR THE LINC Coweta’s multi-use trail system brings health, wealth and county-wide prosperity

and , n a e m , n Lea en e r g g n i k n i th The visionaries, businesses, and key stakeholders who lead the charge in visioning a thoughtful Coweta

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WHAT’S THE ISSUE? ISSUE 3 | SPRING 2019 In The Yosemite, John Muir notes that “everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul.” The local business environment fosters a diverse landscape for residents and visitors alike. In this issue, we’ll check-in on the vested leaders who endeavor to facilitate a lean, serene, and green Coweta.

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THE STATE OF HOUSING The Chamber’s tri-annual State of the Community luncheon series kicks-off with an overview of the local housing market and what it means for Coweta’s workforce

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LOVE FOR THE LINC A developing community amenity approaches prosperity’s front door with the promise of a healthier, wealthier Coweta ENHANCED INVESTORS ALLIANCE Meet some of Coweta’s leading visionaries who recognize the value of community and Chamber investment


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ON BEING LINKED AND LINC’D Will V. Blair Associate Editor Just over a year ago, our community was seeing red as opposing national organizations chose Newnan as – quite literally – a temporary stomping ground. One side notoriously hailed as a hate group; the other faction arguably the flip side of a similar coin of discord. Neither had any qualms with stirring the pot in a town it had no vested interest in on any other given Saturday. For the day, downtown Newnan transformed into a military zone. Riot gear. Snipers in church towers. Helicopters. A historically unprecedented presence. But the event brought out our community’s best. Children armed with chalk shared messages of love on park sidewalks, churches sponsored activities, and there was a collective understanding among the natives that hate wouldn’t be the order of the day. The business community responded as well. Some closed their doors to keep their customers safe and to discourage unwanted attention. Other businesses chose a more proactive stance and opened regardless, reaching deep into their own pockets and hiring security to keep the peace. We stood together, “linked” if you will. By the end of it, our successful response to the controversy was the narrative of the day, and any message of hate that remained was merely a footnote. Flash forward a year, and we have linked yet again, but this time in a more enduring and productive manner. We have left that sordid chapter of 2018 behind, and instead of red, we are now seeing green, as in green space. Local business leaders have partnered with the community at large to create a multi-use paved trail system, giving us something new and unique to celebrate. We are now among many cities and towns across the state and nation who have undertaken such a significant project that requires no small amount of teamwork. But hey, it’s Newnan. I’m not surprised. Our resume is filled with collaborative efforts ( just check out our first three issues of THRIVE!). The first segment of the trail is now open to the public, but once fully completed, our version of Atlanta’s revered “Beltline” endeavors to include 26 linear miles of pedestrian and dog-friendly access. Cyclists, walkers and runners, skateboarders, shoppers, and commuters alike will be able to make the most of a treasure-in-the-making, whose counterparts are inch-byinch and mile-by-mile becoming the standard in progressive and growing communities. After all, what’s not to like about countering our cyber-reliant lives with the good old-fashioned outdoors? In many ways comparable to last year’s response to conflict in the national spotlight, the LINC is yet another powerful demonstration of the good that happens when we pull our resources together with a decisive goal in mind. This time, the result is that Cowetans will enjoy the opportunity to connect with the outdoors, the business community, and with one another in a way that was merely wishful thinking only a couple of years ago. Thanks for reading, Will V. Blair

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Publisher Newnan-Coweta Chamber Executive Editor/Creative Director Susan M. Kraut Associate Editor Will Blair Sales and Business Development Colleen D. Mitchell Graphic Designers Keith Brazie, Pork Pie Pictures Susan M. Kraut, Newnan-Coweta Chamber Paul Lewis, Luz Design Mark Sprague, Snapshot Graphics Publication Layout Mark Sprague, Snapshot Graphics Contributors Katie Anderson Maggie Bowers Melissa Dickson Jackson Amy Lott Photographers Keith Brazie, Pork Pie Pictures Linda Edmonds, Portraits by Linda E. To contribute: THRIVE welcomes your ideas. Please send queries to Susan M. Kraut at for consideration. THRIVE is published quarterly. Neither the Newnan-Coweta Chamber nor THRIVE is responsible for unsolicited material. Such material will become the property of THRIVE and is subject to editing and digital use. Reproduction of this publication in part or in whole is prohibited without the express consent of the publisher. THRIVE is available at various locations throughout Coweta County. You can also email to request a copy.

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The University of West Georgia was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by the American Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. UWG is one of only two universities to receive this honor all six years it’s been presented.

The City of Senoia was recently named Georgia’s Safest City in the fifth annual Safest Cities report by SafeWise. Senoia jumped from number four in 2018 to number one this year. Community policing, dedicated officers, a low property crime rate, and support of the residents and the City all contribute to the safety of the Senoia community.

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Resurgens Orthopedics and Piedmont Healthcare were awarded Top Workplaces for 2019 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both companies ranked in the top 20 in the Large Workplace category.

Georgia House of Representative Lynn Smith and Coweta County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker were recently presented with Golden Eagle awards from the Flint River Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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“A passionate and caring school system dedicated to excellence, energized by the notion of family, and committed to the success of each student.” That is how the AdvancED Accreditation Review Committee described the Coweta County School System, following their review for five-year reaccreditation of our schools in 2016. According to the independent team’s evaluation, Coweta Schools performed at much higher levels than the average AdvancED-accredited learning institutions, in terms of teaching and learning, leadership capacity, and management of resources. During accreditation, school system stakeholders – including students and parents, teachers and community members – described Coweta Schools in several ways:

LIVING THE #CHAMBERLIFE Meet the dedicated team of professionals who are in the privileged position of working with you to render a thriving and prosperous Coweta! Take a peek behind the curtain and meet the team that rallies day in and day out in support of increased prosperity for our members! It’s never just “a day at the office!”

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“Student-Centered” “Caring” “Amazing” “Exceptional” “Accountable” “Safe” “Nurturing” “Rigorous” “Committed” “I would not want to be anywhere else.” In the Coweta County School System, you will find schools among the top-performing in the state of Georgia and the nation: • On-time graduation rates and student performance on Georgia Milestones exams that well exceed state of Georgia averages. • Student SAT and ACT performance that exceeds state and national averages. • High rates of participation in Advanced Placement, college dualenrollment and apprenticeships and work-based learning. • Distinctions such as robust fine arts curriculum, outstanding athletic programs, a sophisticated technology environment including 1-to-1 pairing of students with Chromebook devices, and other advanced opportunities for students. • Honors that include a AP Stem and Humanities distinctions, state Reward schools, Georgia School Boards Association Exemplary School Board, state financial awards, and the Center for American Progress’ “Best Return on Educational Investment” distinction.

From academics to the arts to athletics – from college prep to career readiness – Coweta County Schools are committed to ensuring the success of every student. We invite you to visit our schools, tour the Central Educational Center College and Career Academy, or attend a performance at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

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OF HOUSING By: Susan Kraut

Local economist suggests the importance of focusing on workforce housing in Coweta

The first in the Chamber’s 2019 State of the Community Luncheon series welcomed Dr. William “Joey” Smith, a local economist and Department of Economics Chair and Professor at the University of West Georgia. A topic of great local interest and intrigue, Dr. Smith educated guests as to the current state of housing in Coweta and lent insight as to what might be expected as we continue to welcome jobs [and residents] to the community. Backed by well-sourced facts and stats, Dr. Smith proposed that, even following the economic downturn in 2008, Coweta continued to maintain a healthy economy, rendering it exemplary in the region.

Coweta County is simply one of the most attractive counties in the area. That’s a fact. Among the primary drivers is the diversified economy that is a hallmark of Coweta as compared with neighboring counties like Harris, Douglas, Carroll, and Paulding, which were more significantly impacted by the recession. This wasn’t left up to chance, however. This reflects a direct result of the hard work generated via a concerted effort between the Development Authority, local municipalities, and the Chamber to create a business-friendly environment. Despite the rosy outlook, however, Coweta remains a “bedroom community,” with seemingly limited housing options to suit our growing workforce. Coweta currently maintains the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.2% but imports nearly 50% of our workforce from other communities. In contrast, those who call Coweta home, an almost equal number, commute out of the county for work. Over the last few years, there have been significant demographic shifts happening in West Georgia which con12

Dr. William “Joey” Smith shares economy and housing outlook for Coweta tinue to directly impact the local housing climate and the ability for Coweta’s younger workforce to age into the market. A focus on maintenance-light and maintenance-free housing is a key consideration in fashioning a Coweta that is adaptive and innovative in creating solutions for this growing population segment. Key stakeholders continue to engage in extensive dialogues about the definition of affordable housing, a term that is highly subjective, and whether there is a real or perceived need for creating more of the same. The solution appears to lie in the need to re-adapt our way of thinking to focus more on workforce housing - that which is crafted to suit the wages earned via our largest industries.

The housing conversation starts with a conversation about employment in Coweta....and we need to rethink the way that we think about housing. - Spring 2019

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Two centuries ago, the English poet William Wordsworth “wandered lonely as a cloud” among the daffodils as he stored away “the bliss of solitude.” In 1914, the young Joyce Kilmer lamented, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” “Everybody,” observed John Muir in his 1912 collection The Yosemite, “needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul.” A century later in Newnan and Coweta County, community leaders support the critical need for places of respite and green spaces that restore the human spirit and ease the anxiety of contemporary living. The most recent evidence of that commitment is the LINC, a multi-use, paved trail and greenspace that residents and business leaders alike appreciate. With the addition of the LINC system, citizens of Newnan and Coweta County have a new alternative to enjoy as they exercise their bodies and absorb the solace of the outdoors, an idea that has been catching on in big cities and smaller communities across the nation. In New York, citizens and tourists enjoy the Highline, an elevated linear park along a former spur of the New York Central Railroad. In Atlanta, the Beltline draws local and regional enthusiasts. Carrollton’s Greenbelt circumnavigates the city providing a safe space for pedestrians and bicyclists. LaGrange’s Thread commemorates the area’s textile heritage and allows residents to trek in peace and security. All of these linear parks are part of a regional vision fostered by The Path Foundation, a privately funded nonprofit organization that aims to “transform Metro Atlanta into the most trail-connected city in the US” while sharing system which to date includes 285 miles of multi-use, the “knowledge and experience in other communities to paved trails. promote trail development.” Though city and county authorities are enthusiastic about While the LINC system is new to Newnan and Coweta trail systems, the idea of a greenspace trail has lingered citizens, Ed McBrayer at PATH has been promoting a on community master plans without much attention for similar trail systems across Georgia and the United over a decade. As an active community member and States for nearly thirty years. McBrayer claims that Chairman of the Newnan Convention Center Authority, it’s “getting a little easier” to promote trail systems as Parks Avery explains his involvement with Greenway and Pedestrian planning with both the Coweta County and users and communities “can now see the benefits.” City of Newnan governments “over the last fifteen years In particular, he cites the proposed pedestrian bridge or so.” Avery takes delight in the recent progress of LINC: connecting the community across I-85 and the many “to see some results from that work is mighty gratifying. “Greenway” paths that allow users to avoid dangerous These planning documents have tended to gather dust so traffic conge stion. At 26 miles, Newnan’s proposed project when I got a call from Jim Thomasson about putting a will represent a significant percentage of the Georgia Path group together to help push things along, I was all for it!”

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In mid-2017, both the Newnan City Council and the Coweta County Board Of Commissioners accepted a master plan proposed for creating the LINC – a 25-mile, multi-use trail system that aims to connect the east and west sides of Newnan, with all trails leading to the downtown business district. While the map details the proposed path, LINC planning, engineering, surveys, and site work are now underway. Actual future site locations are subject to change.


Pictured Left to Right: Kim Learnard, Director, Friends of LINC, Board members Sandra Wisenbaker, and Parks Avery, along with pup, Roscoe. The Board also includes Jim Thomasson, Deb Kalish, Gina Lee, Vern Wilburn, Clay Neely, Brent Snodgrass, Chris Doane, and Isabel Hair.


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That call came after Newnan resident Jim Thomasson heard about Carrollton’s developing Greenbelt, a multi-use trail that surrounds the city. He recognized the possible impact of that community asset, and after attending a couple of Greenbelt meetings to learn more, he brought the idea to the NewnanCoweta Chamber for discussion and development. The enthusiastic response helped Thomasson propel the stalled plans forward with total support from Newnan Mayor Keith Brady, the city council, and, in time, the county council. “The time was right,” says Thomasson. “Mayor Brady said, ‘I’m 100% behind anything that makes sense for this community.’” Community leaders were ready to make a project like this a priority. The city council also helped fund the initial plan and continues to discuss potential path extensions through county property, although the opportunity of using existing easements makes city development of LINC routes somewhat easier to manage. Once Thomasson realized that the idea had Chamber and community support, he enlisted a group of professionals to help make the vision a reality. That group, called Friends of LINC, manages the administrative details and serves as a liaison between the non-profit PATH Foundation and the City of Newnan. Together with the Friends of LINC board, Thomasson hired Kim Learnard as executive director to help manage and promote LINC development. A former executive at West Georgia Technical College and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Learnard sees her mission at LINC as a sacred commitment to the community it serves. She talks with enthusiasm and professional confidence about the LINC mission and the plans currently in progress. Like other LINC fans, Learnard beams about the bridge that Newnan residents will soon see going up across I-85. She reflects passionately on the words of assistant city manager Hasco Craver: “This linear park will connect the community across divisions.” In that sense, the LINC fulfills the promise of its name by linking a broad spectrum of community members and providing access to health, wellness, and stress relief for all members of the community.

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As business leaders, Thomasson and Learnard know that the LINC system serves as an essential appeal to corporations that wish to locate in areas that provide amenities their employees want. It’s also true that according to the National Association of Home Builders, desired amenities for every age group include a “community that’s typically suburban, with proximity to a park area, and that has access to walking and jogging trails.” Linear parks like LINC provide that amenity and interconnectivity cost-effectively and sustainably. Existing Coweta residents share the LINC board’s enthusiasm. In a recent survey conducted to help direct the Coweta County long-range community plan, responders indicated that their number one desired amenity was “more parks and bike, pedestrian, and equestrian paths.” Existing trails in other communities show the economic benefits of linear trail systems. Brookings Institute research reported in a 2012 CityLab article indicates that “Truly walkable urban communities are much more economically vibrant than their drivable suburban neighbors.” With the addition of systems like LINC, other communities have experienced as much as a seven-to-one return on investment as a result of increased property values, new business development, and expanded tourism.

Community Partners As the LINC endeavors to connect Newnan, dozens of community partners are paving the way. In the interest of residents, local businesses, and visitors, it is not without these key collaborators that the LINC comes to fruition. Municipalities, local advocacy groups, private landowners, and many others have teamed up to break new ground in ensuring that this amenity becomes a part of the Coweta landscape.

The positive economic impact may have been an early appeal to business leaders, but Thomasson observes that it’s not really about business development: “It’s about taking care of our own.” For Thomasson, developing LINC is a personal mission that looks forward to future generations while protecting and preserving the safety and wellness of old and young members of the community. Thomasson recalls his father’s tale of walking down Newnan’s busy Jackson Street while having to contend with drivers that often fail to observe crosswalks and traffic guidelines: “You know when you reach a certain age, you have to stop, plant, and pivot. You can’t just twist around while walking.” Because of that lack of mobility, a less-than-conscientious driver came dangerously close to hitting Thomasson’s father. Like many Newnan walkers, the Thomasson family realized that pedestrian-safe trails should be part of the critical infrastructure of a community that wants to grow and prosper. As a grandfather, Thomasson also worries about the safety and well-being of children who have few places to ride bicycles and run free of a parent’s worried tether. “This is about the 60%,” Thomasson says, “that want to get out and exercise but don’t because they don’t feel safe and comfortable.” It’s about the 60% that buy their children bicycles, but then realize there is no safe place to practice riding them, “so they keep the bikes in the garage.” If Thomasson’s vision comes to fruition, families will be able to rent bikes and ride the LINC to destinations around the city where they can return them.


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Avery shares Thomasson’s enthusiasm and hopes that the community does too: “I hope that we will be able to integrate other recreational assets over time. There may be a mountain bike track close to the Newnan Centre; we are working on a possible outdoor classroom for the Newnan Crossing Elementary School. I hope to have a bike rental program available at the train depot in the future. The possibilities are limited only by our imagination.” “Imagine,” Thomasson adds, “You could ride a rented bike to Ashley Park, have lunch and do some shopping, and take the trolley back into town.” That level of transportation choice could genuinely be transformative for residents of Newnan and people looking for alternatives to Atlanta living. These are the kind of planning initiatives that can help preserve Newnan and Coweta as a destination community for corporations and new businesses. LINC user Rhonda Maloy, a resident of White Oak subdivision, and her Boston Terrier, Peaches, are part of the 60% Thomasson describes. Maloy wanted to walk her dog and enjoy the outdoors but didn’t feel she could do it conveniently and responsibly. “I wouldn’t walk Peaches because of the cars in my neighborhood. It wasn’t safe,” says Maloy. “Now I come here and walk her two or three times a week. She loves it. I’m so excited.” Maloy talks enthusiastically about the LINC plans she’s heard about through neighbors, friends, and other LINC users, but she is especially excited about the possible expansion of a trail into White Oak where she and Peaches live. The development of that trail will depend upon county support. Other LINC users share Maloy’s gratitude and excitement. Senior citizen Sandra Chaves uses LINC for exercise. She tries to use it daily in her commitment to personal fitness and weight loss. Chaves apologizes to other LINC users for her slower pace, but it doesn’t dampen her enthusiasm. “I just love it!” she exclaims. “When you walk around your neighborhood, the roads are so uneven. I’m afraid I might fall. Here I don’t have to worry about it.” Chaves confesses that she didn’t understand the LINC system when she first heard of it. “I told my son it was a waste of taxpayer money,” she confesses. “Look at me now. I don’t think it’s a waste anymore!” Chaves reflected fondly on the camaraderie of other LINC users, “everybody is so nice, just so pleasant.”

LINC Board member Parks Avery enjoys a spring morning on the LINC alongside pal, Roscoe. - Spring 2019


LINC users like Chaves personify Dr. Lisa Gezon’s research into the impact of linear parks on health and wellness. Chaves reflects the reality that trail users benefit from social support as much as the physical experience. Traditionally, health experts have assumed that the exercise that trails provide functioned to create wellness. Gerzon’s research for the University of West Georgia shows a slightly more complicated equation. It isn’t merely the physical exercise that promotes wellness; it’s also the sense of community and connection that trail users develop. These combined benefits create health and a sense of well-being and result in an unexpected return on investment. According to a study published by the National Centers for Biotechnology Information, every dollar spent building trails saves as much as three dollars on citizen health costs.

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Jim Thomasson calls these beneficial trail relationships “LINC friends.” Perhaps in an age of increasing digital disconnection and anonymity, the predictable social engagement of a walk on community-supported linear trails has proven to be essential beyond what city and county planners initially anticipated.

MAKING THE CONNECTION A sedentary lifestyle has shown to negatively influence health and well-being. However, walking or hiking a few times a week is proven to improve overall health, even in otherwise inactive individuals. This exercise, in turn, decreases health care costs. A National Park Service Study revealed that those who exercise file 14% fewer health care claims and spend 30% fewer days in the hospital than those who are sedentary. A multi-use trail design can provide a free means of healthy exercise for those in urban and rural areas alike.


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Carefree days. Ahh, one of the pleasures of retirement living at Wesley Woods of Newnan. Think about it. No more leaky faucets to fix. Or gutters to clean. Instead, plenty of time to do what you want, when you want. Maybe it’s mastering bridge, taking long bike rides, or even becoming a Bonsai artisan. Sound appealing? If so, we’d love to give you a tour. Wesley Woods is the only Life Plan Community in the Newnan area – offering independent living, personal care, memory care and skilled nursing.


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One of the most significant roles that the Chamber plays in Coweta is to serve as a convener of key stakeholders in working to ensure thoughtful collaboration countywide. In endeavoring to foster an environment that is good for business, the Chamber facilitates productive dialogue and transparency. In the spring of 2015, Jim Thomasson approached the Chamber with his idea to create a multi-faceted, multi-use trail system that would connect Coweta residents and businesses alike. The Chamber facilitated the conversations necessary and connected the dots to loop in those who would eventually make this a reality. By the summer of 2015, the Chamber had organized several think tanks designed to brainstorm the concept, followed by an intercity visit to Carrollton in the fall to learn from volunteers and key community leaders. Later that season, the City actively began work on the dynamic project. 26 - Spring 2019

On a cool but sunny March afternoon, friends Marie Noles and Julia Hale walked the LINC. Noles for the first time at Hale’s invitation. It seems LINC use is destined to expand exponentially as friends invite friends, and neighbors share the news. “I told her,” says Noles, “I found a place we need to go walk. It’s really pretty -- out in the woods.” Noles added that she loves the safe parking at The Newnan Centre and the short walk onto the wooded trail. The friends beamed as they strode the path, and Hale gasped, “Look at that!” when she saw a pedestrian tunnel and custom mural. While the mural awaits completion, it still extends a friendly and warm invitation to those who pass through the tunnel that protects users from the busy Lower Fayetteville traffic passing safely overhead.

city wants the same thing,” says Christian. “They want their city to be showcased, to show how it’s different or better than other cities.” “Newnan,” he continues, “really does have something unique with the new trail. Most of these trails are very urban, but LINC combines urban and rural settings and provides both walkers and cyclists with a safe and beautiful space.” As a lifelong artist with professional experience in public art, Christian is especially excited about the opportunities that LINC offers to the communities through which it passes.

“Each community along the trail can have their personality inserted in the trail surroundings,” he suggests. This is accomplished through landscaping choices, special Friends of the LINC board member Parks Avery reached out features, or commissioned public art hand-picked by to Georgia muralist John Christian of Go Georgia Arts to each neighborhood. As a result, The LINC itself may commission the mural and to local high schools to provide soon become as unique a feature in Newnan and Coweta

Most of these trails are very urban, but LINC combines urban and rural settings and provides both walkers and cyclists with a safe and beautiful space. inspiration. Students from Jodie Hobbs’ art classes at Newnan High School stepped forward with drawings that Christian used to develop the mural. Christian says one side will feature native flowers that LINC users might find along the path.

County as the historic homes that have so long been a hallmark of the community.

By 2020, residents should see LINC trails under construction from the connecting bridge over I-85 to downtown Newnan and, no doubt, ample art and visual The other side will feature the columns of an antebellum appeal to go along with it. home like those found in Newnan’s historic district. “Every

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Coweta County residents responded in 2005 and again in 2016 in favor of more parks for passive recreation, and a frequent classification of this concept was for linear parkers and millennials.


A linear park brings an amenity to areas of the County that otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to green space.


A linear park showcases not only urban but also rural areas which, in Coweta, are some of the most beautiful parts of the county.


A linear park is not only a neighborhood amenity for those who live nearby, but a destination for people who will commute to the path to walk, run, bike, shop, or socialize.


Linear parks are one of the top two desired community amenities among all four adult age groups (seniors, boomers, Gen-Xers, millennials).


Linear parks improve public health and encourage civic engagement.


Linear parks create real dollar savings in public health.


Linear parks increase property values.


Linear parks promote new businesses, tourism, special events, and economic development. ROI ranges from 4:1 to 9:1 annually, depending on the community.


Linear parks preserve greenspace, highlight rural areas, make use of underutilized infrastructure, increase property values, advance economic development, and promote socialization, connectivity, and health and wellness. They are a nod to the future of our community.

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PLATINUM INVESTOR Though Coweta continues to expand, with new homes, flourishing businesses and an ever-growing population, many residents remark that the county has somehow maintained a small-town feel that is unlike neighboring cities. Joni Scarbrough, Administrative Services Manager at the local utility company, Newnan Utilities, believes it is the overall kindness and generosity of the people in Coweta that gives the county that closely-knitted vibe. “I am always so amazed at how generous the people [in Coweta] are,” Scarbrough says.


Newnan Utilities has provided electric, water, and wastewater services to Coweta residents for more than 100 years. The utility company also owns and operates Carl Miller Park, a 14-acre recreational area which serves as a meeting place for several charitable events throughout each year. In addition to her nine-year career with Newnan Utilities, Scarbrough was also chosen to manage a charitable program, Caring Customers, through the utility company’s nonprofit organization, Newnan Utilities Foundation. The creation of Caring Customers came just two years ago when the longstanding utility company decided to combine their efforts with those of their customers. Over the years, Scarbrough explained, the board has often discussed ways to form a partnership with their generous and supportive customers to give back to Coweta together. “So we did lots of research and finally landed on a way to allow customers to give either a one-time donation or a small amount when paying their utility bill each month,” Scarbrough said. Customers can give $1, $3, $5, $10, or $20 each month. “The program has been a huge success, and customers seem to love it,” Scarbrough said, “Since beginning Caring Customers in 2017, we now have more than 320 customers who give monthly at different levels.” Each quarter, board members of the Newnan Utilities Foundation, which includes Chairman, Dennis McEntire, Co-Chairman Jeff Phillips, Secretary Alexis Brooks, and Brandon Lovett, come together with select customers to choose from the over 250 charitable organization in Coweta County. The foundation then awards the chosen organizations up to $2,500 in the form of a grant. Though there is some need in every city, Scarbrough said it is the willingness to recognize that need and step up, that makes Coweta a community and a home, rather than simply a growing city in which to live.

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Walt Gutierrez, the owner of Toyota of Newnan, wants his fellow community members to know that he is here for the long haul. “The cool thing about this community is [members] know and trust us and our values,” Gutierrez said. “There is so much loyalty, and we want to do everything we can to continue to support our town and build on that trust.” Toyota’s support comes in many forms today, from contributions to a variety of local nonprofits like the Coweta Samaritan Clinic and Bridging the Gap, to sponsoring “root organizations” like the Newnan Coweta Chamber that allow investments to remain in the community. Admittedly though, Gutierrez wasn’t so sure about the small town when he and his family initially considered the area for the dealership. “When we came here in 2004 we were a little concerned,” Gutierrez explained. “We had never heard of Coweta County, and we were unsure about starting a business here.”

“We started to notice the excitement in the community,” Gutierrez said. “That’s when we decided to make this our home and now, we love it here. If I ever retire, I’ll retire right here in Newnan.”

IMPACT & INFLUENCE Walt Gutierrez has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and continues to maintain his support of the annual Golf Classic, the Chamber’s largest non-dues revenue-generating event. Participating in the event as both a golfer and as a Gold Level Sponsor, Walt can be found at the onset of the tournament soaring as he takes flight in one of the tournament highlights, the Walternative Golf Ball Drop.

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MORE FOR COWETA Enhanced Investors enjoy peer-to-peer engagement with the top minds and key influencers of our business community. Together, they work to identify and drive solutions and innovations that will shape our economic progress and quality of life.

More For Your Business Being an Enhanced Investor gains your business immediate, high-profile exposure and recognition throughout the Coweta community. Enhanced Investors also receive exceptional opportunities to advocate for their businesses with Coweta’s decision makers and have a leg up when it comes to planning for business growth. From customers to policymakers to the community at large – everyone will know that your business is a powerful community asset.

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JEM MORRIS AREA MANAGER GOLD INVESTOR Georgia Power Company provides electric service to retail customers in Georgia and to wholesale customers in the Southeast. Their company culture is rooted in their values: safety first, unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment. The largest operating company within Southern Company, Georgia Power has proudly served the community for over 100 years and is committed to a positive impact for years to come. Their employees are their most valuable resource, and they attract and retain a diverse, highly skilled, fully engaged workforce that helps provide the best level of service to an evolving customer base. Georgia Power employees play essential roles in the community, volunteering for charities and supporting community civic organizations. Georgia Power maintains a strong presence within the Chamber as the Presenting Sponsor of the Annual Meeting awards celebration.


IMPACT & INFLUENCE Area Manager Jem Morris is a transplant to Coweta having assumed his position following a relocation from Americus. Jem is a member of the Chamber Executive Committee as the Community Prosperity Division Champion and is a current participant in the Chamber’s Leadership Coweta Program. Jem’s leadership also includes his participation as one of several vital stakeholders facilitating the Chamber’s recent visit to Greenville, North Carolina in preparation for an Intercity Leadership tour of the area in the fall.



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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR Dear Chamber Members, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the 2019 Chair of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber and look forward to the progress that we will continue as Coweta’s largest business advocacy organization.

For over 100 years, Georgia Power has been providing customers with the most reliable service available. So we’re always looking for better, more advanced ways to make sure you have the power you need… when you need it. From self-healing power grids to our diverse fuel mix, we’re going to continue creating new and innovative ways to deliver that same reliable energy at the lowest possible cost. Learn more at ©2017 Georgia Power. All rights reserved.

For more than 70 years, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber has maintained the mission of creating economic prosperity for our membership. Endeavoring to create a stronger, more proactive voice that yields increased economic prosperity, we’ve been at the forefront of several initiatives. Helping Coweta realize a healthcare destination, strengthening relationships with cities and government officials, helping develop a more skilled workforce through the GA CATT program or more “affectionately known” as the German Apprenticeship Program, and using our voice to facilitate initial conversations that led to the LINC or linear paths project are just a few of these strategic initiatives. So, what will 2019 bring? We are set to raise the bar even higher. We spent more than a year developing an impactful three-year Strategic Plan. Membership engagement, advocacy and public policy, chamber stewardship and talent development will continue to be a vital part of our strategic role, but we’ve expanded our focus by adding community prosperity as a new emphasis. We will continue to work hard to foster a community that is the pre-eminent place to learn, work, play and thrive! To achieve this goal, we’ll invite community stakeholders to partner with us to create a shared Coweta vision. Like both the Vision 2020 and the Be Something Different initiatives that came before, this new comprehensive vision will be the guiding light for the next decade or more. I invite you to join me in this awesome endeavor! Sincerely,


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WIT AND WISDOM By: Susan Kraut Smith Auto Group and Nissan of Newnan CFO Karen Kulinich speaks to authenticity and reputation at the March Business Women’s Alliance Women of Prosperity Luncheon.

On a beautiful spring morning in Newnan, some of Coweta’s most talented and forward-thinking women gathered at the Newnan Country Club for the first in a series of three Business Women’s Alliance luncheons presented by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber in partnership with Progressive Heating and Air and Carrier. Karen Kulinich, CFO of Smith Automotive Group and Nissan of Newnan, addressed a crowd of over sixty members and guests on the topic of owning and maintaining one’s professional image and integrity. The competitive automotive industry is primarily dominated by male influence, but Kulinich has outperformed many of her peers with a proven track record and regional star-quality. Her reputation in the industry recently landed this “Italian gal from Jersey” an esteemed role alongside Smith Automotive’s Scott Smith, who is renowned for his commitment to success and top industry honors. The secret to her success? Kulinich prides herself on adaptability, matched with sharp instincts and a keen sense of self. “If I sense that I am in an environment that doesn’t fit with my goals or one that makes me unhappy, I get out. I don’t wait for the right opportunity. I create it,” Kulinich shared while encouraging attendees to make bold and impactful decisions in both their personal and professional lives. Developing and expanding upon the knowledge of professional female leaders in the Coweta community is at the forefront of the Business Women’s Alliance mission. BWA programs are structured to offer an abundance of opportunities for participants to learn about best practices and harness the tools necessary to persist as productive and informed community influencers and stakeholders. For more information, visit or call the Chamber at 770.253.2270

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Caring for the community’s outdoor spaces since 2003 By Katie Anderson

When it comes to providing for a clean, green Coweta, it takes a concerted community effort to ensure a thoughtful landscape. From electronics recycling and solutions for difficult-to-dispose-of items to collaborative gardens and common space beautification, one local non-profit serves as a convener for public and private cause-oriented contributions. Keep Newnan Beautiful is an award-winning non-profit organization that works tirelessly to improve the community through litter prevention, landscape beautification, and waste-reduction projects, serving as one of 78 affiliates of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. It is also one of 600 nationwide affiliates via the Keep American Beautiful program. Residents and businesses alike directly contribute to - and benefit from - a thoughtful community environment by taking advantage of many solutions offered by KNB. Above and beyond countless initiatives which bolster the beauty and cleanliness that is a hallmark of the City of Homes, KNB can offer guidance on creating pollinator gardens, establishing composting systems, and recycling hazardous waste. While the output is clear and readily visible to residents and visitors, these are efforts that also serve the interests of our local business community in both promoting good corporate citizenship via particwhere employees want to live, work, play... and stay. Keep Newnan Beautiful Director Page Beckwith acknowledges the business community’s impact on KNB’s mission: “We love working with local businesses to help them reduce their environmental footprint by improving recycling or finding ways to reuse different materials,” she said. “Many corporations see the importance of giving back and actually encourage their employees to find ways to volunteer within their communities. Whether it is adopting a street to help pick up litter, sponsoring a community garden, or helping build an outdoor classroom or playground, these opportunities exist within our community, and KNB likes to help connect the dots.” As part of this year’s project list, KNB pioneered the building and installation of flower pots to fashion Newnan’s Courthouse Square. As part of an ongoing effort to engage in the community via service projects, the Chamber’s 2019 Leadership Coweta class got to work in lending a few hands. Leadership Coweta participant and 2018 KNB Board member Scott Berta finds inspiration in the effort noting that “This Build Day for Keep Newnan Beautiful was another great example of the collaboration between several local organizations to achieve a goal. I love the commitment of our community.” - Spring 2019


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