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Expanding education and workforce development Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, said with the new campus, Lanier Tech will be the epicenter of technical education in the region, noting that the region's manufacturing, allied health and hospitality sectors are growing.

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In his remarks, Deal also spoke of workforce development, noting the number of new private sector jobs in the state since he took office in 2011. As of May, that number was 550,000, according to Deal's office. "What does that bring with it? It brings the requirement that we have people who are qualified and skilled enough to take those jobs."

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Governor Nathan Deal was on hand as part of the groundbreaking celebration at the new campus of Lanier Technical College in early September. Chamber leaders, government officials and dignitaries gathered on the 95-acre property on Ga. 365 at Howard Road in Gainesville. The new campus is estimated to be complete in the fall 2018 and will replace the current campus in the Oakwood. Lanier Tech President Dr. Ray Perren noted that the school was founded in 1964, and classes met 50 years ago for the first time last month. "The new campus will assure that Lanier Tech continues to provide workforce development for Northeast Georgia for the next 50 years and beyond," said Perren. Perren said when the campus is complete, it will represent an overall investment of about $110 million.

The Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force is a partnership of Lanier Technical College, Hall County Schools, Gainesville City Schools, Brenau University, the University of North Georgia and private businesses. The group’s mission is to ensure businesses can acquire the talent and skills they need for future growth and to replace an aging workforce. Chaired by Chamber Chairman-Elect Perry Barnett, the group is dedicated to making an impact by building on a sustainable workforce that possesses the skills needed by today’s and tomorrow’s employers. Since creating this initiative in 2015, the number of work-based learning students employed in manufacturing has quadrupled.

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7:30 am – 1:30 pm • Gainesville Civic Center Free Health Screenings • Free Seminars • Open to the Public No Admission Fee • Shuttle Service • Door Prize Drawings Over 60+ Wellness Exhibitors

Save the Date Tuesday, October 11 Small Business Seminar Tuesday, October 18 South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, October 25 Business After Hours


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From the Chairman

Blending Cultural Heritage and Business Growth I’m indeed honored to serve as chair of the Greater Hall Chamber and certainly humbled to serve this community and area that I love. We really have a dynamic community and organization – 108 years old and running. The Greater Hall Chamber's 2016 fiscal year-end summary includes 25 new and expanded businesses in Gainesville-Hall County announcing 900 jobs and $262 million in capital investment. Site Selection Magazine named Gainesville-Hall County 3rd on its list of “Top Metros by Number of Projects” in metros with population less than 200,000 and named Georgia as the #1 place to do business in the nation for the third consecutive year. Blending Cultural Heritage and Business Growth is our theme this year. Lee Hemmer The Simpson Company Chairman, Greater Hall A fine line exists between promoting economic growth and development Chamber of Commerce

while preserving our landmarks and heritage that gives our community its diverse and unique identity. My family has been here since 1802, so as a sixth generation Hall County native (East Hall, that is), I am dedicated to maintaining our quality of life and making an impact for future generations by focusing on agritourism, historic farming, and preserving and restoring historical structures that meant so much to those who came before us…preserving those things that help us remember the past and pass along its importance to our future generations.

These are dynamic times for the Gainesville-Hall County business community. Your Chamber works hard to provide the programs and support to make our community more accommodating for commerce. Multiple new and expanding businesses are dotting the landscape. And studies show continued population growth. So what can we as business leaders do to keep up with all this activity and position our companies to ride the wave of growth and prosperity? My suggestion is straightforward – join the Greater Hall Chamber.

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Membership in the Chamber provides unparalleled opportunities to connect with peers, current and prospective clients, and partners up and down our supply chains to keep our lines of communication open. In my opinion, the Chamber stands out as our area’s premier business enabling and advocacy organization.


Regular meetings, seminars and other activities provide extraordinary opportunities to grow our networks and gain new insights for addressing the common challenges facing all of us in business today. By working together as chamber members, we have a much stronger voice with our elected leaders as they contemplate policy revisions and new rules and regulations that create greater certainty and an improved environment for business in our community and state. Although it may sound cliché, there really is strength in numbers. I think that’s especially true with the Chamber. Besides, the Chamber and your business community need you! So, renew, join anew, and reach out and encourage the companies you do business with regularly to join as well. The Chamber offers you a seat at Northeast Georgia's most important business table – whether your business is a small company or service provider, or something a bit bigger. I look forward to visiting with you at a Business After Hours or another Chamber event, and seeing your company’s name in the Chamber’s continuously updated membership directory – conveniently accessible ONLINE! We will continue to strive to be one of the best Chambers in the state and nation and stand behind our members to help their businesses flourish. We hope you will join us and enjoy the many benefits of membership and support of our mission. Join NOW and enjoy a host of upcoming membership events (HealthSmart Expo on October 5; Small Business Seminar on October 11; South Hall Business Coalition on October 18; Business After Hours at Brenau on October 25; Industry of the Year Awards Luncheon on November 10 and Jingle Mingle on the Square on November 17). Call the Chamber at 770-532-6206 or visit us online at for more information.

Business Link VOLUME 22 ISSUE 4 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2016-2017 Executive Committee Chairman Lee Hemmer The Simpson Company

Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke University of North Georgia

Chairman Elect Perry Barnett, CPA Rushton

Vice Chair, Membership Development Katie Dubnik Forum Communications

Treasurer Jimbo Floyd, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Economic Development Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates Vice Chair, Education Deborah Mack, Volunteer Vice Chair, Government John Breakfield Breakfield & Associates

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers AT&T Randall Frost Stewart, Melvin & Frost David Lee Jackson EMC

Senior Advisor Vice Chair, South Hall Council Dixie Truelove Andy Kalinauskas Truelove Dairy Conditioned Air Systems Immediate Past Chairman Vice Chair, Community Brian Daniel Development Carroll Daniel Construction Co. Lila Weaver Westmoreland President & CEO Brenau University Kit Dunlap Chair, VISION 2030 Greater Hall Chamber of Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Commerce Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Board of Directors 2016-2017 Jay Cooper, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Dr. Wanda Creel, Gainesville City Schools Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Sam Evans, Councilman, City of Oakwood Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Kenitra Halyard, Georgia Power Emily Hayes, Milton Martin Toyota Morgan House, Lake Lanier Olympic Park Anna Jacobs, Jacobs Media Lane Jones, Community Volunteer Jay Kelly, Signs By Tomorrow Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Lock Dick Mecum, Chair, Hall County Commission

Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College Larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx Jeff Reinhardt, MD, The Longstreet Clinic Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Carol Shirley, South State Bank Louis Smith, Northeast Georgia Health System Jody Spain, Cotton Eyed Joe’s Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons Grier Todd, Lanier Islands Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA

Associate Directors 2016-2017 Irineu Bragante, Mugele Tara Carney, AEON Global Health Kate Cook, Cook Law Group Brad Gooch, Lawson Air & Plumbing Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance Andrew Joyner, The Simpson Company Shane Lazenby, Lazenby Law Group

Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corp Kingsley Peeples, Bates Carter Steven Pettit, Peach State Bank & Trust Stacey Poole, McDonald's, NEGA Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction Ahna Still, Halski Systems Darryl Workman, BrandBank

Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Amanda Lewis, Project Manager Garrett Wiley, Project Manager Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance & HR Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Membership/ Events

Government Affairs Garrett Wiley, Project Manager South Hall Council Garrett Wiley, Project Manager Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager

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General Election Information The 2016 General Election is Tuesday, November 8, and the Hall County ballot will include the following: U.S. President & Vice President U.S. Senator & Congressman State Senators, Representative & Public Service Commissioners Hall County Board of Education (Posts 3 & 4) Hall county Commissioners (Chairman and Posts 2 & 4) Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Coroner, Surveyor, Chief Magistrate, Probate Judge and Magistrate Judge City of Lula Liquor by the Drink Amendments & Referendums Note: Some of the offices listed above will run unopposed. There are 31 precincts in Hall County and the Board of Elections is predicting a 64% turnout (52,541 voters). Hall County's population is just under 200,000 people. As of August 3, 2016, there were 82,095 active voters and 104,563 eligible voters in Hall County. PLEASE VOTE!

IMPORTANT DATES: October 11 – Closing date for voter registration October 17 – Early Voting Begins October 29 – Saturday Voting November 8 – Election Day

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Voters may cast a Ballot in-person/Early Voting beginning on Monday, October 17 at 8am at the Hall County Government Services Center Elections Office, 2875 Browns Bridge Road (Lower Level) in Gainesville. Office hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Saturday, October 29th from 9am until 4pm. For absentee ballots, a sample ballot or more election information, call the Hall County Registrar/Elections Office, 770-531-6945 or visit


Industry Appreciation Luncheon 2016 Industry of the Year Awards The Greater Hall Chamber's 8th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon is Thursday, November 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville and will include presentation of the 2016 Industry of the Year Awards. The Industry Appreciation program is presented by Lanier Technical College with awards honoring area existing industries. NOMINATIONS: The Chamber is seeking nominations for 2016 Industry of the Year Awards. Nominated companies must: • Be located in the Greater Hall County area (3 years) • Be involved in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of a tangible product • Complete an application (Nominees will be contacted by the Chamber) • Awards based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence • Awards are presented in three categories based on number of employees • Nomination deadline is October 14 2016 Industry Appreciation Luncheon presented by

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. SPONSORS: The Industry of the Year Awards Luncheon is presented by Lanier Technical College and sponsored by King's Hawaiian, Merial, Rushton, Spherion and Syfan Logistics. NOMINATIONS & RESERVATIONS: Industry Appreciation Luncheon: $35 Chamber Members; $50 guests. Limited Table sponsorships available, $400 (seats 8). To make an Industry of the Year Award Nomination or for Lunch Reservations: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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Japan-America Grassroots Summit The Greater Hall Chamber’s economic development mission to Japan in July is followed by Gainesville-Hall County’s hostrole in the 2016 Japan-America Grassroots Summit exchange program October 6-9, 2016. The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual one-week cultural exchange program for Japanese and American citizens of all ages. The program is held alternately each year in Japan and the United States. An average of 200 people travel across the Pacific to participate and to strengthen the relationship between the two countries by fostering peace and friendship at a grassroots level. The Japan America Society of Georgia is taking a lead role in organizing Georgia’s host responsibilities, and Gainesville is one of 15 host cities across Georgia that will welcome Japanese citizens this October within homes and families of Gainesville-Hall County residents. Details: or contact Tate O’Rouke, Director, Economic Development, University of North Georgia, Email:

The Chamber's South Hall Business Coalition met at Road Atlanta (L-R): Derek Reyes, Corporate Partnerships at Road Atlanta; Gary Smith, Milton Martin Honda; Andrew Davis, Driver No. 6 for Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship; Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; South Hall Council Vice Chair Andy Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems. The Coalition meets monthly and is sponsored by AccessWDUN, Milton Martin Honda, Red Clay Interactive and Store More Self Storage. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 18 at the Houndstooth Grill in Braselton with an Economic Development Review by Chamber Vice President Tim Evans. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Wednesday, October 5 10th Annual HealthSmart Expo 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Kickoff Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Expo/Screenings Free and Open to the Public Gainesville Civic Center

Tuesday, October 18 VISION 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Wednesday, October 19 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, October 11 Small Business Seminar "Keys to Small Business Success" Bruce Cutler, Area Director, UGA SBDC 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, October 19 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Milton Martin Toyota in Oakwood

Tuesday, October 11 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant in Gainesville

Thursday, October 20 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, October 12 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Luna's

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Wednesday, October 26 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Panera Bread in Gainesville

Thursday, October 13 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 14 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Oakwood City Hall

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Tuesday, October 18 South Hall Business Coalition "Economic Development Review" Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Houndstooth Grill 6323 Grand Hickory Drive in Braselton Tuesday, October 18 Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Shark Tank Lake Lanier Entrepreneurs and Sharks (L-R): Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint; Malissa Lawrence, Lanier Technical College ; Al Trembley, WSI Digital Rainmakers; Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions; Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance; Lane Jones, Small Business Roundtable; Dr. Carroll Turner, Lanier Tech Manufacturing Development Center; Bruce Cutler, UGA SBDC; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber. The Small Business Seminar on Tuesday, October 11 will feature Bruce Cutler, Area Director, The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center. No charge for Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Details: Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

Small Business of the Month Store More Self Storage Store More Self Storage is a storage complex in South Hall County serving Oakwood and Flowery Branch. Owned by Paul and Glenna Maney, the facility offers climate control, standard and vehicle storage. Store More also provides truck rentals and packing supplies. Their customers are 78% residential and 22% commercial, and attentton to quality customer service is the company's primary goal. Paul and Glenna are grateful for the business that they have received over the last eight years of ownership and plan to open an additional storage facility on Highway 53 in late summer 2017. This company also makes a positive impact on the community by giving 10% of profit to local charities. Store More Self Storage, 3558 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-5031515.


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• Chamber's Business Beautification Awards, initiated 22 years ago, promote attractive and well-maintained areas by publicly recognizing those who have made beautification efforts. Past recipients include BatesCarter, Lakeshore Mall, Frierson House/The Norton Agency, The Oxley Group and Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management. Nominate your company or another for 2016 awards. Robin Halstead, 770-5326206. Email: • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County's Futures for Kids Gala with keynote speaker Inky Johnson is Tuesday, October 11 at the Gainesville Civic Center. Gala tickets and sponsorship info: Joyce Wilson, 770-532-8102. Email: Holiday Golf Tournament is October 14 (11am start) at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club. Details: 770-945-7201. • University of North Georgia (UNG) is ranked one of 2016's Best and Most Affordable Online RN to BSN programs in the nation, according to College Choice, an independent online publication. Ranking 4th in affordability and 10th overall best, UNG's Bachelor of Science in nursing program prepares nurses to practice in both acute and community settings. • The Chamber's Lunch and Learn (3rd Wednesday of month) is October 19 at 12pm at Milton Martin Toyota in Oakwood and includes a casual lunch with Chick-fil-A catering, a short presentation followed by an open forum of conversation and leads development. Reservations required. $15 Members; $25 Non-Members. Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206. Email: • Did you know that a listing of Retirement and Assisted Living Facilities in the Area is the Greater Hall Chamber's single most requested information? Welcome Center Manager Robin Halstead has recently updated material. For a copy, call Robin at 770-532-6206 or email • Elachee Nature Science Center's hiking trail system through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is open to the public year-round from 7 am to dusk. The 1,440-acre preserve was founded 37 years ago and engages tens of thousands of visitors annually. • The 5th Annual Master Craftsmen Awards Program is October 19 at 8am at Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville. The awards recognize highly skilled workers in 10 trade categories

from sitework to welding, Senator Butch Miller will once again participate and moderate a conversation with award winners to illustrate what it takes to be a Master Craftsmen and highlight the careers of the recipients. No charge and open to the public. For information, email: • Nick and Alison St. Clair, owners of Antebellum, announced that the Flowery Branch restaurant made the list of "100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016" via OpenTable and is the only restaurant in Georgia included. The award reflects the combined opinions of over 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for over 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states. Nick and Alison send "a massive thank you to our tremendous diners for making this possible. We are humbled watching the growth of our small, farmto-table restaurant. It is such a pleasure to serve this community, and we can't wait to keep sharing our passion with you!" • Sheri Hooper, founder of Interactive Neighborhood for Kids children's museum welcomes Mandy Sheppard Volpe as new Executive Director. Volpe is a graduate of Brenau University and brings years of experience in marketing, event planning, communication, and creativity to the INK family. The future home of INK will be located off of Friendship Road. • The Quinlan Visual Arts Center's 69th Annual Members Exhibition is October 20 - November 26. The opening reception is Thursday, October 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Consider the Quinlan for your next special event! The facility can hold up to 300 guests and with seating, up to 250 guests. Details: 770-5362575. • With the 2016 presidential election just around the corner, Brenau University will host two of America’s foremost political analysts and commentators: Republican pollster and strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, and Democratic organizer and commentator Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO of Voto Latino. Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women is October 25, 7:30 pm, Pearce Auditorium. Register by calling 770.534.6160 or email:

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Wage & Hour Updates (L-R): David Dickerson and Madeline Wirt, attorneys with Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Al Trembley, WSI Digital Rainmakers. Thank you David and Madeline for leading the seminar on changes to the Department of Labor's Overtime Rules that become effective December 1. The changes will extend overtime protection to many white-collar employees who are currently exempt from overtime protection.

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Thank you Conditioned Air Systems for sponsoring the September Business After Hours and Annual Tailgate Party with The Varsity! (L-R): Andy Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber; Brooke M. Kalinauskas, Doug Magnus and Baya M. Pruitt, Conditioned Air Systems. Join us for Octoberfest Fun at Business After Hours on Tuesday, October 25 at Brenau University (Brenau Downtown Center on the Square in Gainesville). Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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David Umberson Vice President of Finance and Human Resources

David Umberson has served the Chamber as Vice President of Finance and HR since 2010. He manages the facilities, human resources and finances for all four Chamber divisions. "Financially, the Chamber is run very conservatively while offering a great benefit for your member dollars," said David. "I believe in the Chamber and was a member for over 10 years before joining the staff. We support the business community and, in turn, we are well supported by them." Prior to joining the Chamber, David enjoyed a 28 year career in real estate and banking. He holds a degree in finance from Texas A&M University. David and his wife Elizabeth have lived and worked in Hall County since 1994. They have three adult children and are members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

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Youth Leadership Hall Youth Leadership students participate in team building exercises at Riverside Military Academy. Thank you Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing for sponsoring lunch.

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Elachee Nature Academy Student Karis McIntyre and Andrea Timpone, President & CEO, volunteers and staff cut ribbon to celebrate the expansion of the private, education program managed and operated by Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville. The academy is the first and only state-licensed and SACSaccredited Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the Southeast. Students benefit from experiential learning and nature-based discovery. Elachee Nature Academy at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504. 770-535-1976.

Georgia FENCE Art Project

Atlanta Celebrates Photography's Georgia FENCE Project has come to Gainesville. The traveling exhibit features 10 notable Georgia photographers presented in a 250-foot long exhibition that fits the themes of home, streets, people, creatures, nature and play. The project is made possible in Gainesville through the collaboration of Greater Hall Chamber Vision 2030 Public Arts Committee, City of Gainesville, The Arts Council, Inc. and Gainesville Rotary Club. The free exhibition is open now through October 16 in two Downtown Gainesville locations: the City’s construction fence at Roosevelt Square and The Arts Council fence on Broad Street next to the Train Museum. Community collaborators hope to achieve, through public art, a drive to economic vitalization, a creation of a collective attitude towards the benefits of the arts, and inspire a sense of community. The Georgia FENCE Project is possible through the support of the Forward Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Megan Cargile, Manager of Labor & Delivery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton (scissors) cuts ribbon to open the new center with (Front Row L-R): Anthony Williamson, Tammy Lamar, Greta O’Steen, Megan Cargile, Sarah Parker, Ellen Wren, Monica Bagwell, Karima Anderson. (Back Row L-R): Zach Reed, Karlie Vavrinek, Mike Skobba, Abby Osborn-Ward, Robin Bagby, Liz Griffin. NGMC Braselton’s new Labor and Delivery unit features 10 modern labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms, two C-section suites and a Level II NICU. The hospital is located at 1400 River Place, Braselton, GA 30517. For more information about Labor & Delivery Services at NGMC Braselton, call 770848-8607 or visit online at

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Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Owner Jeff Logan cuts ribbon at Garage Door Order Center, a source for high quality, residential and commercial Amarr doors and openers in Gainesville and surrounding areas. Garage Door Order Center is a full service, garage door company that provides top quality garage door service and repair. Contact them with any of your door needs! 2124 Hilton Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 470892-6017.

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The Venue at Friendship Springs

Owner Jon Wayne cuts ribbon for South Hall County’s newest multipurpose event center – The Venue at Friendship Springs – a 40,000 square foot center featuring an auditorium, performance center, banquet rooms, conference space and a full caterer’s kitchen. The Venue is designed with the ultimate in flexibility, whether you are in need of a conference space for small groups, or a corporate event space for 800 or more with banquet rooms that are perfect for groups of 25 up to 350. The caterer's kitchen is capable of handling even the most demanding of events. 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-316-1408.

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July 2016 13 19 140 159 81 35

Total 2015 308 119 1,901 2,140 689 192

2015 YTD 153 124 1,542 1,663 585 232

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Homes Sold and Closed and Average Price of Home Aug. 2016

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Aug 2015

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Chris and Robin Gillhouse, David Cook and Jack Welch cut a ribbon at WayPoint Ministry Thrift Store, part of a Christian ministry for men aged 18 or older that have addictions. WayPoint Ministry's mission is to minister to the whole mind, body, soul, and spirit regenerating men and restoring families. The thrift store is one of several industries the organization operates to help make the mission possible. 5635 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville, GA 30564. 706-864-7110.

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Christian Brothers Roofing Mary Kate Bryan 260 E Crossville Road Roswell, GA 30075 -Roofing Contractors 770-734-6700

Georgia Pain & Wellness Center Amit Patel 1255 Friendship Road Braselton, GA 30517 -Healthcare 770-962-3642

Danley Sound Labs, Inc. James Taggart 2196 Hilton Drive Suite D Gainesville, GA 30501 -Speaker Manufacturer 770-535-0204 Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp Rick Bates 250 Dawsonville Highway Suite D Gainesville, GA 30501 -Fitness Center 770-533-0785

Mulberry Creek Dental Care William Meyers 4030 Winder Highway Flowery Branch, GA 30542 -Dentist 678-960-3440

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Tuesday, October 1111 Tuesday, October Wednesday, October 1919 Small Business Seminar Wednesday, October Small Business Seminar Lunch 'n Learn Bruce Cutler, Area Director, UGA Bruce Cutler, Area Director, UGA Lunch 'n Learn and leads development Small Business Development Center Networking and leads development Small Business Development CenterNetworking 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 7:45 am 9:00 am 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 7:45 am - 9:00 am Milton Martin Toyota in in Oakwood Chamber Office Milton Martin Toyota Oakwood Chamber Office


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