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April 4, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements



• Hall County Fire Services is offering free monthly CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes to citizens interested in learning this life-saving skill. Classes are at 6 pm on the third Monday of every month at the Hall County Emergency Services Complex, 470 Crescent Drive in Gainesville. Space limited. To sign up, call 770-531-6838. • The Greater Hall Chamber has released the 2017 Industrial Directory with information on 295 manufacturers, processors and distributors located in Gainesville-Hall County. The directory can be purchased for $33 in PDF or bound book format. To order, contact Shelley Davis, VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206. Email: • Zach Propes, Hall County Financial Services Director, announced that the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. & Canada awarded Hall County Government with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Hall County 911 Center launched a new radio system, doubling operator capacity to communicate with first responders in the field, resulting in increased safety for Hall County citizens. The new radio system is one of several upgrades approved by Hall County voters with the passage of SPLOST VII in March 2015. • Challenged Child & Friends is partnering with Left Nut Brewing for the Annual Rock in the Spring on April 29. Enjoy live music from Mid Life Crisis and support Challenge Child! Gates open at 6pm, $40 lawn seats; table sponsorships available. Bring your picnic! Challenged Child currently enrolls 162 students in their integrated approach to childhood education. They serve 10 counties with a staff of 57. Details: Lindsay Addison, 770-535-8372 x 115 or email: • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's Rubber Duck Derby is May 5 at 5:30pm at Clarks Bridge Park in Gainesville. Duck Fest follows across the street at Lake Lanier Olympic Park until 10 pm with live music, food trucks and craft beer and wine distributed by Tap It! Details: Chelsea Clark, 770-532-8102 or • Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia announces Cooper Embry as Senior Vice President in Commercial Banking. Cooper has over 25 years of experience in the local banking market. He is involved in the community – as president of the Gainesville Athletic Club, vice chair of the Gainesville Parks & Recre-

ation Board, and is on the board of the Gainesville & Hall County Development Authority. • Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton earned certification as a LEED facility and is the first hospital in the state, and among the first 10 in the U.S. to receive Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Healthcare Rating System. LEED certification measures water and energy use, sustainability, indoor environment quality, material and resource use and more. • Road Atlanta hosts the Classic Motorsports Mitty (April 21-23) and MotoAmerica's Suzuki Championship (April 28-30). Experience vintage race cars restored to their original specs taking on tight turns at The Mitty and witness the high-speed superbike action at the 2nd round of the MotoAmerica Championship. • The In-Water Boat Show at Lanier Islands is April 21-23, bringing new, top-of-the-line boats to the docks at the Southern lakeside resort, along with food vendors, live music and a chance for attendees to feel the sand between their toes for one of the first times this season. • Edward Jones Financial Advisor Beth Baldwin recently attended a conference to recognize successful female agency advisors. The meeting provided networking, internationally recognized speakers, participation in elective sessions that explore performance excellence and interact with firm leadership. 770-534-1220. • After only 10 months of operations, iTNLanier, a senior adult transportation service founded through Vision 2030's Wisdom Keepers, completed their 1,000th Ride with Carol Burrell, CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System, providing the landmark drive. Consider volunteering for this important service. 678-696-0360. • The Academy Child Development Center's 11th Annual Pedalin' for Our Pals is April 20, 9:30am-1:00pm to benefit Challenged Child & Friends. The children at The Academy work hard to raise money, asking family and friends for donations as they ride their decorated trikes. Open to the public and lunch to supporters from 11-12! Details:

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New Leaf Celebrates 25 Years Agribusiness of the Year, New Leaf Landscape Services and employees Josh Everett and Jai Means, recently planted a tree at Gainesville High School as part of Arbor Day. Since 1989, New Leaf has been faithfully serving customers across the entire North Georgia area. Founded by Steve Murray, the company offers complete maintenance, design, installation and pool services.

International Reps Visit Community (Right) Dr. Louise DufourZavala, Executive Director, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network (GPLN) in Gainesville, addresses Georgia economic developers. Dr. Zavala is using the Poultry Lab's new diorama of Georgia's vast poultry industry to connect the mission of GPLN to quality food production and the more than 100,000 Georgia jobs that depend on poultry. The group, representing 11 countries, visited Gainesville-Hall County in March. In addition to the Poultry Lab, Georgia’s Economic Development Department's International Representatives met with Lanier Technical College, University of North Georgia and Kubota’s new facility in Gateway Industrial Centre. The group enjoyed lunch at Jaemor Farms and concluded their visit in Downtown Gainesville with a reception at Brenau's Downtown Center sponsored by Rushton.

Chamber Staff Spotlight Jefferson-native Tim Evans has worked in the Economic Development field since 1994 and as Chamber Vice President responsible for Economic Development since 2005. Tim serves as Executive Director of the Gainesville-Hall Economic Development Council and as the staff for the Gainesville & Hall County Development Authority. He is responsible for managing business recruitment, expansions and retention efforts by marketing and representing Gainesville-Hall County to key business decision makers in the U.S. and internationally. Evans worked for the Georgia Department of Economic Development for 11 years, is a Certified Economic Developer (International Economic Development Council), and past president Tim Evans of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. A Vice President, Economic graduate of Oglethorpe University, he has a Masters of Development, Greater Hall Business Administration (MBA) from the Terry College Chamber of Commerce of Business at the University of Georgia.


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