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Community Development March 7, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


Working for a Common Vision

Partners in Education

The Greater Hall Chamber's Vision 2030 initiative works to make GainesvilleHall County the most enviable community in Georgia by the year 2030! Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System, leads the Vision Board, made up of volunteer committee chairs leading long-term initiatives. Here’s an overview:

Clipper Petroleum, a partner in education with Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, presented the school with a $5,000 grant to support a wide spectrum of programs and activities, including student leadership programs and technology upgrades to enhance learning. For the past Clipper Petroleum supports Wauka Mountain Multiple several years Clipper Intelligences Academy as partners in education and has also generously awarded many teachers provided funding for Hokki stools in several classrooms. with individual grants. This year, three teachers purchased Hokki stools for their classrooms. The stools are the perfect furniture solutions for busy students in a classroom. For information about Partners in Education and how your organization can get involved, contact Andi Harmon, Chamber Vice President of Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Millennial: A new committee with the task of engaging this age group (who were actually too young to have input in original plan). Give us your opinion on Vision 2030 through a short. 7-question survey: Chairs: Walt Booth, BB&T Insurance and Ginny Early, Enemies of the Average Healthcare: Completed a Health Snapshot on Adults that reported over 75% of the sample population is overweight or obese, and 36.6% of Hall County’s Children are overweight or obese. Chair: Gale Starich, Brenau University Green Space: Working with Comprehensive Land Plan Review to ensure green space; pushing for the Highlands to Islands: Trails and Greenway; and gaining community and political support. Chair: John Girardeau, community volunteer Transportation: Bringing key players together to inform and brainstorm on county wide traffic hot spots. Chair: Mike Giles, Georgia Poultry Federation Downtown Development: Working with the City of Gainesville to make Downtown and Midtown Gainesville a thriving live, work and play area for families and tourists, while improving access to the area. Chair: Will Hicks, Stifel Public Art: Because of this group's work, unique public art is on show across Gainesville-Hall County with 47 pieces installed since 2013. Some 20 new pieces are expected in the next 24 months. This committee set up two funds at the North Georgia Community Foundation for purchase and endowment of public art pieces. A new website, dedicated to Hall County Arts, will be live this spring! Chair: LeTrell Simpson, Con-Cen-Sus Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP): LLOP is becoming a central destination for serious and recreational sports enthusiasts and is an economic engine for the community. Renovations for Phase 1 are complete. Visit for updates! Chair: Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic Life Long Learning: The Education Committee, secondary and postsecondary educators and business leaders, is focused on middle school age students to help them learn about career options and identifying their interests and gifts. Wisdom Project and Wisdom Keepers: These initiatives continue to educate 55 year old and older adults about Gainesville-Hall County. Graduates of the Wisdom Project are Wisdom Keepers! This senior leadership program has become a model, presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Aging and in the Wall Street Journal. Representatives: Julie Ferguson and Robert Horne Harbor Town: A live, work, play community on the north end of the lake is under review. This committee is persistent in working through site plans and with the Corp of Engineers, local government and potential developers. Chair: Tim Knight, Knight Commercial Real Estate Diversity: This committee worked hard to bring diversity in our community to the forefront through a strategy engaging small groups of diverse citizens, listening and getting to know them, and informing them of topics of interest. Chair: Enrique Montiel, Merial Select Marketing: A new group has been formed to start telling the Vision story! Chair: Callie Flack, Forum Communications.

Arbor Day Celebration Student award winners and sponsors at the Arbor Day Celebration at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville. Front (L-R): Lily Grace Clay, Enota Elementary, 1st Place Art; Eva Murray, Enota Elementary, Runner up Art; Mara Supron, Sardis Enrichment School, Runner up Art. Middle (L-R): Colin Nichols, Riverbend Elementary, Runner up Essay; Cade Burnette, Riverbend Elementary, 1st Place Essay; Hannah Kenned, Enota Elementary, Runner up Essay; Liz Dietz, Hall County Master Gardeners. Back (L-R): Adam Emrich, Georgia Power; Kelly Norman, Keep Hall Beautiful; George Wangemann, Gainesville City Council. Presented by Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia

Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament

Friday, April 28

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club Registration & Sponsor Info: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 •

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