2018 Chamber Annual Report

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A community is only as good as its schools. And great public schools are a big reason why Coweta County is a vibrant and enriching place to live. Coweta County Schools combine a small-town, community-based feel with big-city advantages and opportunities for our students.

“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 re-accreditation 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:

“Student-Centered” “Caring” “Amazing” “Exceptional” “Accountable” “Safe” “Nurturing” “Rigorous” “I would not want to be anywhere else.” “Committed” 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 dual-enrollment and apprenticeships and work-based learning. • Distinctions such as a 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 AP Stem and Humanities distinctions, state Reward schools, Georgia School Boards Association Exemplary School Board, state financial awards, state and national distinctions for high return on educational investment, and Georgia’s 2018 State Superintendent of the Year. 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. See for yourself why Great Schools are at the Heart of our Coweta community.

To learn more, go to cowetaschools.net, or call 770-254-2800. To enroll a new student, call our Central Registration Center at 770-254-5551.

Josh Tate, Coweta County 2018 Teacher of the Year

Dr. Steve Barker, Georgia’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year

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Prosperity’s Front Door The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is the largest business organization in Coweta County, operating as a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization committed to building a strong local economy and strengthening, enhancing, and protecting local business. Recognized in the TOP two percent of chambers nationally, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is a 71-year-old, pro-business advocacy organization serving 800 members. Boasting an impressive history of strong results, this 5-Star Accredited Chamber is the first of only two chambers in Georgia to be named a National Chamber of the Year. Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by accredited state and local chambers of commerce. There are 7,000 chambers in the United States with only 207 of these chambers accredited and only 120 recognized as 5-Star chambers.

Three Cheers for Five Stars!

Clark Jackson, Senior Manager, Southeast Region at U.S. Chamber of Commerce participated in the June State of the Community Luncheon to facilitate 5-Star re-Accreditation. Pictured, left to right: Clark Jackson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Candace Boothby, President & CEO; Andy Miller, Immediate Past Chair.

In June of 2018, the Chamber once again celebrated 5-Star Accreditation, a recognition bestowed upon less than 2% of Chambers nationwide. Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities. The purpose of the U.S. Chamber’s Accreditation Program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the chamber industry and to foster a pro-business environment across America.

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Letter from the 2018 Chair and President/CEO DRIVING COWETA’S FUTURE In Coweta County, we are incredibly fortunate to live and work among so many others who have a vested interest in our future. These are people who care deeply about how we grow, not only for their own interests but for the collective interests of future generations. Coweta is magical, comprised of a community of inspired leaders who, along with the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, have come together through the years to serve as drivers in the many innovations that have positioned our county as exemplary. From the efforts to establish and foster the ingenuity that is the Central Educational Center to the thoughtful creation of the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) and onto the film industry in rendering Coweta the “Hollywood” of the south, Coweta is growing, thriving, and progressing. In 2015, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber became the first Georgia Chamber awarded National Chamber of the Year. Since 2013, it has earned the coveted five-star rating held by less than two percent of the nation’s chambers. All of these achievements are direct results of thoughtful strategies designed to prioritize long-term and high-impact goals - objectives that have been embraced by our membership and by the community at large. The initiatives undertaken by our Chamber have an immediate and long-lasting impact on the citizens and the businesses that call Coweta home, but each action that we’ve taken also originates from a personal passion that drives us to navigate the private and public spaces that transform the community and create long-term prosperity. We are so proud of what we have created and enthusiastically anticipate the great achievements ahead.


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Letter from the 2019 Chairperson of the Board 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 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 become 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!

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TOP 10 REASONS for you to



PROSPERITY by joining the

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

The mission of The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is to champion increased economic prosperity for our members, which includes providing valuable member benefits designed to save money and improve ease of access. Providing our members with valueadded offerings such as these is just one of the ways in which we encourage growth and prosperity throughout our business community.

1 Strength in Numbers – Chamber membership includes over 800 members and more than 50 Enhanced Investors representing more than 15,000 employees in Coweta County and including a vast array of industries. 2 Powerful Networking and Connectivity – BusinessAfter-Hours, Coffee Call, Member Connect, and Power Networking Lunch are just a few of the free member events designed to connect you with your peers for powerful relationship building. 3 Small Business & Entrepreneur Support – Small Business is big business in Coweta County and the Chamber offers a variety of resources to assist businesses in every phase of growth, from startup through maturity, including free small business consulting services through partnerships with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at University of West Georgia (UGA SBDC at UWG) and Ignite Business Coaching. 4 Marketing Opportunities – Chamber members benefit from exclusive listings in the Chamber’s Business Directory online at newnancowetachamber. org, via highly publicized ribbon cutting and milestone celebrations, as promoted as hosts of thoughtful networking events, as sponsors of high-visibility signature and special events, and via exclusive opportunities to contribute to THRIVE, the Chamber’s quarterly business publication. 5 Member Exclusive Discounts – The Chamber opens the door to exclusive member discounts including group health insurance, office supplies, training, and professional education, and products and services as offered by fellow members. 6 Talent Development and Job Growth – Businesses large and small are a part of promoting a well-planned vision for growth in Coweta County. The Chamber advocates a strong local economy as part of the collective effort to ensure economic prosperity for all. 7 Shop Local Initiative – The Chamber is at the forefront of a movement to encourage area businesses and community members to keep their dollars within Coweta County by making purchases from local stores and proprietors.

8 Members First – Chamber members look to their peers when it comes to isolating the products and services that are essential to quality of life. In fact, 80% of the general public is more likely to buy from a Chamber member. The Chamber routinely provides referrals in response to thousands of consumer inquiries. 9 Advocacy and Public Policy – The Chamber is the voice of business in our community, actively engaging with government entities and officials at the local, state, and federal levels. As such, the Chamber informs policy decisions that affect a company’s ability to thrive. 10 Return on Investment – An average Chamber member’s investment is approximately $1.50 per day. For most businesses, connecting with just one customer through the Chamber pays dividends for years to come.

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AFFILIATE DISCOUNTS 1 Drugs Don’t Work – Members can increase productivity and reduce workers’ compensation premiums by 7.5% by participating in the Drugs Don’t Work program. This program educates employers about the prevention, intervention, and elimination of substance abuse in the workplace. 2 Georgia Chamber Federation – Through the Georgia Chamber Federation, any business with 10 or fewer full-time employees receives free membership into the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. This partnership with local chambers focuses on empowering small businesses. 3 Georgia Chamber SMART Plan – The Chamber has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to administer the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan. This plan allows smaller employers to be part of a larger, self-funded pool, with financial protection backed by Anthem.

7 Office Depot – Chamber members qualify for exclusive discounts ranging from 5-55% on Office Depot products and services via a Store Purchasing Card or the business mobile app at all retail locations. 8 Purchasing Alliance Solutions – Purchasing Alliance Solutions (PAS) is an employee benefits firm founded in 1994 that specializes in value-added programs for Chamber members. Participants may improve business health and employee retention with innovative programs and money-saving essential benefits 9 Tools for Business – With one click on the Tools tab, members can access free resources for businesses of all size and scope, with over 1500 links to resources which encourage business growth. New information is added monthly.

Caring, Teaching, Reaching Experienced childcare professionals committed to providing quality care to the children in our community.

4 Georgia Trend Magazine – Chamber members receive a complimentary subscription to Georgia Trend magazine, a monthly publication that features business, politics, economic development, health care, education, CEOs, leadership, banking, energy, environment, travel and more. 5 LegalShield – Chamber members receive a 25% discount on LegalShield and IDShield. LegalShield’s membership plan provides affordable legal protection to individuals and small businesses. IDShield is an identity theft protection and restoration plan. 6 Member Information Center (MIC) – Membership comes with access to increased opportunities to market businesses to consumers through the Chamber’s website. Members control their home page content by adding pictures and text, with the option to add “Hot Deals,” job openings, and events for public query.

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2018-19 Board of Directors

Dr. Steve Barker

Doug Bates

Coweta County School System

CMIT Solutions of Atlanta Southern Crescent

Jay Boren

Coweta County Water & Sewerage Authority

Hasco Craver

Jem Morris

Garnet Reynolds

John Daviston

Mike Fitzpatrick

John Hall

Dr. Bob Heaberlin Jr. University of West Georgia, Newnan

Renee Horton Agency LLC, American Family Insurance

Georgia Power Company

Mike Robertson

Sharon Rogers

Chris Stephens

Jim Thomasson

Phil Trickey

Trae Westmoreland

McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory

Piedmont Newnan

Mike Fitzpatrick Ford

Newnan GNC

United Bank

Coweta-Fayette EMC

75 Jackson Properties

Renee Horton

Samantha Brazie

Progressive Heating & Air


Coweta County Development Authority

City of Newnan


Mark Whitlock

Central Educational Center

At the Chamber’s 71st Annual Meeting in February the Newnan-Coweta Chamber celebrated the service of Andy Miller (PrintSource), Immediate Past Chair, as well as Dr. Tonya Whitlock (West Georgia Technical College), our 2019 Chair. These are very important roles within our organization, held by dedicated business leaders who actively participate in the vision, the planning, and the resulting magic in our business community. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber Board of Directors is comprised of 24 business leaders who represent numerous industries and are fully committed to the success of Coweta County. Through a committee structure, the Board approves and implements a formal business plan that is updated annually.

2018-19 Executive Committee

Jeff Phillips

David Kent

Newnan Utilities

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Andy Miller

Dr. Tonya Whitlock

Candace Boothby


West Georgia Technical College

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Immediate Past Chair


President and CEO

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Government Affairs

Candace Boothby President and CEO

Susan Kraut

Director of Strategy and Communications

Abby Smith

Communications Specialist

Cynthia Bennett Vice President

Jennifer Garcia

Member Engagement Manager

Valerie Ward

Member Retention Specialist

Administrative Support

Sales and Business Development

We’re proud to announce that Piedmont Newnan Hospital has received an A from the Leapfrog Group for our commitment to patient safety and quality for the eighth consecutive time.

Executive Assistant & Office Coordinator

Beverly Garner

Colleen D. Mitchell

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Nora Ann Woods

Celenna Davis

Bookkeeper, C. Davis Bookkeeping Services, LLC

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Division Champions are Board member advocates who lend their time, talents, and passion to establishing a vision for Coweta and implementing these visions in collaboration with Chamber staff and fellow Board members. These leaders serve as subject-matter experts who support the successful implementation of the annual business plan.



SAMANTHA BRAZIE, Progressive Heating and Air

Chris Stephens, Coweta-Fayette EMC

This committee supports the Chamber in its role to serve as the leading advocate for business and community through policy development, advocacy events, community relations activities, and the development of the Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda.

This committee serves as a link between the business and education communities on K-12 and post-secondary workforce preparation issues and programming, as well as talent development.

Critical Success Factors: I. II. III. IV. V. VI.

Key Areas of Focus: I. Central Educational Center II. Coweta Works III. GA CATT Industry Alliance

Champion key issues that impact community and economic development Create a platform for existing industry dialogue Strengthen employment connections Champion key issues that impact business Create connections with elected officials Provide platforms for business and community leaders to engage in meaningful discussions

WORLD CLASS CHAMBER DIVISION Jeff Phillips, Newnan Utilities

This committee’s goal is to establish and maintain the leadership and resources necessary to carry out the mission and vision of the Chamber.


JEM MORRIS, Georgia Power Company This committee supports the Chamber in effectively communicating the impact and influence of the Chamber in actively promoting the greater Coweta community.

Critical Success Factors: I.

Support revenue building strategies focused on operating efficiencies, financial sustainability, and member return on investment II. Develop growth strategies that increase new membership 5-10% annually III. Develop membership retention strategies to retain 85% of all members annually IV. Determine three-year focus through a strategic planning initiative

Critical Success Factors: I.

Communicate the value of the Chamber to members and the community II. Promote a sense of place by branding live, work, play messages as part of the Prosperity’s Front Door messaging that attracts talent and families to fill jobs and spend money

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIVISION GARNET REYNOLDS, BB&T This committee supports all facets of ensuring member success in devising a proactive approach to member value and return on investment.

Critical Success Factors: I.

Devise an inclusive and diverse approach to involving members in Chamber programming II. Develop programs and opportunities to help members increase prosperity, profitability, and performance III. Serve as a resource for strong leadership development

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From Newnan to Senoia and Grantville to Sharpsburg, Coweta is THRIVING and, as such, we endeavor to provide our members with the best and most relevant business information available. As one of only eight 5-Star Accredited Chambers in Georgia and the first to receive the prestigious ACCE National Chamber of the Year Award, we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence within and on behalf of the business community. In keeping with these standards, 2018 presented the opportunity to fulfill a longtime goal of our Chamber in launching THRIVE, the premier business publication in our region.

Give your business

A Quarterly Business Publication of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Four times annually, we zero in on the fascinating people and companies who render a thriving Coweta as we identify and analyze important developments in our community. We highlight many of the reasons that our region has come to be recognized statewide as a model of innovation and prosperity and provide in-depth profiles of local innovators and leaders, all while shining a spotlight on our region’s many success stories. As an upscale business publication, THRIVE offers an exceptional opportunity for member businesses to reach a vast business audience via ample advertising opportunities. Since its launch in October 2018, THRIVE has

increased in size by 25% and reaches over 3,000 local businesses via mail distribution and as made available in countless local businesses and municipal offices. In our inaugural issue, we drilled down into the tremendous community collaborations that have rendered Coweta County a model of innovation, specifically the creation of the Central Educational Center, a model that is now duplicated in over 50 communities throughout Georgia and began right here in Coweta. The January issue afforded an opportunity to tell the story of the diverse female leaders who have contributed to local prosperity via their

commitment to the Chamber as members of our Executive Committee. In complement to these leading ladies, we also told the stories of other local pioneers who have served at the helm of many an effort to bolster Coweta’s reputation as a revolutionary community, informed by partnerships and a commitment to increased prosperity. We’ve only just begun to share these incredible stories and we look forward to the continued journey. If you’d like to receive a copy of THRIVE, please call the Chamber at 770.253.2270 or view the digital publication at www. newnancowetachamber.org


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Our commitment to advancing prosperity throughout the greater Coweta County business community includes a thoughtful approach to connecting established and rising business leaders. Over 60 offerings this year have presented an exceptional platform upon which our members can connect, learn, mobilize, and leverage unique business relationships. See below for some of the Chamber value created with and on behalf of our members as we continue to champion increased prosperity! Small Business Bootcamp with Maria Hall of Ignite Business Coaching

Coweta Substance Abuse Community Leaders Group

Hispanic-Latino Alliance Launch 5-Star Re-Accreditation NCC reaffirms status in top 2% of Chambers nationwide; recognized for continued excellence

33rd Annual Newnan-Coweta Chamber Golf Classic NCC's highest non-dues revenue generating event, spans two golf courses and includes over 280 players and 36 exhibitors. Total attendance exceeds 700 prospects

Small Business Top Ten Finalists Announced

Pancakes and Politics with Chris Clark of the Georgia Chamber

Co-Hosted Georgia Chamber Statewide Tour at Camp Southern Ground

Coweta Works Chamber program offers opportunity for young learners to explore Coweta job opportunities

State of the Community luncheon: Congressman Drew Ferguson

Business Women's Network Wellness Launch

70th Annual Meeting Membership welcomes 2018 Chair Andy Miller of PrintSource in accepting leadership from Immediate Past-Chair John Hall of United Bank

Primary Elections Candidate Forums Community members attended to learn more about the platforms of candidates for state and national office

Leadership Coweta Class of 2019 Storied Chamber program welcomes the 21st class in program history

State of the Community luncheon: The Central Educational Center Story

SBDC Newnan Office opens at the Chamber

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State of the Community luncheon: Recognizing Newnan's Mayor Keith Brady for 25 years of service to the community

Candace Boothby, President and CEO, celebrates 15 years at the helm of worldclass Chamber 7th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards and Celebration Luncheon Chamber recognizes leading small businesses and launches Legacy Business award

Chamber launches quarterly business publication Chamber launches print and digital campaigns in support of Coweta County School Board

Board approves legislative agenda and 3-year strategic plan

24th Annual Winter Wonderland BIGExpo brings vested vendors and enthusiastic guests to the Newnan Centre for a reimagined business exposition

#Cyberstrength SBDC encourages strong Cybersecurity plan for growing businesses

Mid-Term Elections Candidate Forums Second of two public election-year offerings advocating for voter education and participation

Enhanced Investors Master Class with Steve Swope Co-founder of the Rubicon Group, Steve shared insights on creating market opportunity and utilizing demand analysis tools

Enhanced Investors Alliance Dinner with the Delegation Exclusive opportunity for an informal conversation with Coweta's Legislative Delegation to discuss issues for the 2019 legislative session.

Business Women's Network Wisdom of Women Conference

Joint Holiday Reception with Fayette and Newnan-Coweta Chamber Investors

Everything that we do at the Chamber hinges on the impact and influence that shapes our business community in advancing universal economic prosperity. As such, we frequently take pause to re-imagine and reinvent our programming to ensure the highest and best use of our resources. As we head into another calendar year, we're pleased to share with our business community the exciting new program and event transformations that will lend themselves to the effort in bolstering value for current and prospective members. As you peruse our offerings, now and in the months to come, you'll notice that several of our familiar niche groups have undergone a re-branding and are now more adequately reflective of our mission. As impactful "affiliate" groups of the Chamber, these new alliances will serve to reinforce the building of strong and productive relationships to the mutual benefit of the Chamber and the communities that we serve.

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Next Level Leadership – Newnan-Coweta Chamber Enhanced Investment


Increasingly, a dedicated community of leaders is coalescing around a vision of prosperity that serves to the collective benefit of those who live, work, play, and THRIVE in Coweta. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber enjoys the participation of over 50 key stakeholders who, together, render a positive impact on the prosperity of one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.

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 Business Being an Enhanced Investor gains local businesses 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 recognizes Enhanced Investors as powerful community assets.

More for Investors • Private dinners and luncheons with government and business leaders • Private tours of leading industries • Insider briefings from high-level stakeholders and key decision makers • Public recognition at events • Complimentary entry into certain Chamber signature and networking events.

Start the Conversation Learn more about enhanced investment and discover how you can become a part of the Coweta fabric. Do your part and help us do ours. For more information about Enhanced Investment Opportunities, call Susan Kraut, Director of Strategy and Communications at 470-865-3718 or email susan@ newnancowetachamber.org


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Partner. Innovator. Creator. Economic Driver. Leader. The University of West Georgia is more than a nationally recognized educational institution. UWG connects with local schools through the Education Collaborative to create synergy in preparing students for educational and workforce opportunities. UWG works closely with area employers to ensure our graduates are prepared to meet the region’s labor force needs. The university is one of Carroll County’s largest employers - generating more than $564 million into the regional economy. UWG’s leadership – in online curriculum development, the expansion of services for veteran and adult learners, and UWG Newnan – creates opportunities for more members of our community to Go West, earn degrees, and change the direction of their futures.

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Political HobNob

Coweta Safety Alliance educates businesses, community members on workplace safety best practices Airgas’s Stan Queener practices fire extinguishing with a state-of-the-art training simulator.

The Chamber’s Advocacy Division supports both industrial and general business by continuing its efforts to provide guidance and training via the recently rebranded Coweta Safety Alliance. Originally formed under the auspices of the Chamber Newnan-Coweta Chamber Program as the Coweta County Industry Safety Council, the Alliance is comprised of safety professionals who have the desire to share their collective knowledge to the benefit of industry compliance with OSHA regulations and to ultimately maintain a safe and healthy local workforce. Alliance members believe that it takes the combined efforts of local companies and vested community members in order to effectively promote safe work practices. The Safety Alliance addresses topics ranging from suicide prevention and solutions to workplace drug abuse to OSHA rules and crisis management. In November 2018, the Alliance sought to educate the local workforce on safe driving following the “Hands-Free Law” enacted in July 2018. Guest speaker Trooper Garrett Smith, with the Georgia State Patrol, facilitated an information session on safe driving practices, smart vehiclerelated decisions, and the new Safe Driving Law’s offense stipulations. October’s meeting featured guest speakers Fire Marshal Blaine Shirley and Fire Inspector Enrico Dean, both from the Coweta County Fire Department, to discuss “Fire Safety Month.” They shared best practices on both residential and workplace fire prevention measures. “Not only did they communicate the importance of being prepared for a fire but they also had the tools for hands-on fire extinguisher training and used a state-of-the-art simulator so that everyone could see how it worked,” shared member Stan Queener, Director of DOT Compliance with Airgas. “It sure beat the ‘old school’ hands-on training of lighting a fire in the parking lot.” The Coweta Safety Alliance meets monthly at the Summit 1825 Building in Newnan. For more information, contact President Jeff Johnson of Kason Industries at jjohnson@kasonind.com or call the Newnan-Coweta Chamber at 770.253.2270

Above, the crowd networks prior to the onset of the 2018 Political HobNob, made possible by the support of Coweta-Fayette EMC, presenting sponsor. At left, Representative Bob Trammell addresses guests from an oak stump overlooking the train tracks at Newnan’s Historic Train Depot.

Pancakes & Politics

October’s Political HobNob provided an opportunity for candidates to meet Coweta voters and deliver a short stump speech. Newnan’s Historic Train Depot lent a whistle-stop atmosphere with some candidates harnessing an opportunity to address the crowd from atop an actual tree stump.

In April, members of the Coweta legislative delegation attended our annual Pancakes & Politics breakfast at the Newnan Country Club and gave us a wrap-up of the 2018 legislative session. Chris Clark of the Georgia Chamber moderated a panel of local delegates including Senator Matt Brass, Representative Josh Bonner, Representative Lynn Smith, and Representative Bob Trammell. The next Pancakes & Politics event is scheduled for April 24, 2019, presented by AT&T, the Chamber’s Legislative Sponsor.

Left-to-right: Candace Boothby, President and CEO; Representative Josh Bonner; Senator Matt Brass; Don Barbour, AT&T; Representative Lynn Smith; Andy Miller, PrintSource; Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber; Representative and Minority Leader Bob Trammell.

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Candidate Forums

In order to inform and educate our members and the greater Coweta community, the Chamber, in partnership with CowetaFayette EMC, sponsored two sets of Candidate Forums at the Central Educational Center (CEC) for the federal, state, county commission, school board, and municipal election cycles of 2018. The first of two rounds of forums took place on April 23rd and 24th, featuring candidates for the Coweta County Commission District 2 Republican primary and the School Board District 1 (at-large). Districts 1, 3, and 4 participated in a modified version of the League of Women Voters forum. Two-minute openings by each candidate were followed by a series of questions vetted by

the Chamber’s Voice of Business Committee. Each candidate also had an opportunity to offer a twominute closing statement. The same procedure was followed for the second evening with primary candidates for District 72 State House, District 71 State House, District 70 State House, and both Democratic and Republican primaries for US Congress District 3. Moderators and timers for these forums included Chamber members Dean Jackson, Marvin McKoy, Ginger Queener, Michelle Boyd, and Chellie Phillips. September brought federal, state, and municipal general election candidates together for two sessions at the CEC. Session 1 hosted candidates for

US Congress District 3, District 71 State House, and District 132 State House. Participating in Session 2 were municipal candidates from Sharpsburg, Grantville, and Newnan. The videos of each Forum were televised by NuLink | WOW! and made available on the Chamber website. Summaries of all responses to the candidate questionnaire were also accessible to the community at large from the onset of early voting through election day. The Chamber will continue the practice of advocating for local business by engaging with our elected officials and providing opportunities for the community to learn more about candidate platforms.

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Talent Development

CowetaWorks D i s c o v e r Yo u r Wo r l d Left, students pass through a simulated colon as part of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America exhibit.

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Coweta Works is an innovative Chamber program that first launched in 2018. An innovative, high energy, hands-on, and interactive career exposition with activities across eight relevant career worlds, Coweta Works provides information to help students make smart choices for their future. Designed for 8th-grade students from Coweta’s six public middle schools, with invitations also extended to private schools in Coweta County, this highly successful expo was born of a collaboration between the Chamber, the Coweta County Development Authority, and the Coweta County School System. The now annual winter expo is a community collaboration, featuring industry leaders, construction companies and local manufacturers, along with healthcare, public safety, and utility providers. Each of the nearly 40 original career presenters spent two consecutive days at the Central Educational Center sharing their specific world of work. In support of the event, community volunteers played an important role in keeping the expo running smoothly and expanding the student career path experience. With positive feedback from students and their teachers, planning began in August for the 2019 reprisal. Coweta Works - Discover Your World has since grown to nine career worlds featuring 50 career presenters. This talent development opportunity has created awareness among both students and educators about the exciting career options that exist in Coweta. Visitors leave the expo understanding more about Coweta’s workforce needs and the opportunities for education and training available through the CEC and via dual enrollment at both West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia-Newnan.

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Talent Development

Grads Make Good

Chamber’s Leadership Coweta program bolsters community changemakers

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Leadership Coweta program launches 21st class, set to graduate in the Spring.

A community’s health and well-being are often measured by the volunteer and civic contributions of its leaders. Those who serve on the boards, alongside municipal authorities, and on local commissions join forces with others who lead community groups, head non-profit organizations and serve as elected officials to render a positive and lasting impact. In 1995, Leadership Coweta was launched by Georgia State Representative Lynn Smith in collaboration with other vested changemakers in an effort to nurture Coweta’s trailblazers, developing interest and ability to the benefit of future leadership roles and a long-term investment in our local communities. For more than 20 years, Leadership Coweta has provided participants a better understanding of how this community works, the opportunity to build relationships with the region’s leaders, and inspiration to use their talents to serve the community. Leadership Coweta fosters a sense of place for graduates who effectively leverage community resources and FAYETTEVILLE CAMPUS connections to the benefit of personal and professional growth. A win-win for Coweta at large, this Chamber program personifies a dynamic approach to advancing local prosperity. Coweta County is expected to welcome over 30,000 new residents in the coming decade. From manufacturing and new business to healthcare, education, tourism, and cultural Contact us at 678-379-1381 option #1 or arts, this is a very exciting email us at fayetteville_admissions@gmc.edu. time for business in Coweta. Leadership Coweta graduates are poised to serve at the helm VISIT of this movement, both in leading the charge and serving as some of the worthiest For more information. benefactors. Classroom to the Promo Code: NTH community, LC grads THRIVE!

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Member Engagement

Ambassador Committee The Ambassadors are known as the Chamber’s volunteer public relations team and are highly visible throughout the membership community, tasked with engaging, encouraging, nurturing, and expanding relationships on behalf of the Chamber. Ambassadors support Chamber events and provide guidance and mentorship to new and existing members. Not only do they foster relationships with our new members, but also ensure that all members feel welcome and at home at Chamber functions. Ambassadors play a key role in the retention strategy of the Chamber with a goal of encouraging engagement by way of a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout the year, the Chamber recognizes Zack Holt accepts the award for 2018 Ambassador of the Year from the Chamber’s Susan Kraut. the tremendous efforts of the Ambassadors via the Ambassador of the Month program and each year recognizes one exemplary leader at the Annual Meeting. The 2018 honor was bestowed upon Zack Holt, Director of Engineering at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Zack was named the Ambassador of the Month for November 2017 and August 2018. As an Ambassador, Zack hopes to “support community business with opportunities and develop a rich professional connection with business partners.” The 2019 Ambassador Committee is chaired by Kim Beasinger of Champion Cleaning Systems and Michelle Bright of Home2 Suites Newnan. For additional information about the Ambassador program contact Jennifer Garcia, Member Relations and Program Support Manager at 770.253.2270.

Congressman Drew Ferguson delivers an update on issues including the economy, tax reform, and talent development.

State of the Community Luncheon Series

In collaboration with presenting sponsor NuLink | WOW!, the Chamber continued the State of the Community luncheon series which focused on local leadership and the collective vision for the future of Coweta. At the March luncheon, we welcomed Congressman Drew Ferguson of Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District to give us an update on issues including the economy, changes to the tax code, and talent development. In 2019 the Chamber will drill down on the issues that impact the continued quality of life in Coweta, including housing, transportation, and business and retail via a roster of thoughtful speakers, presenters, and panelists.

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The Business Women’s Alliance (formerly the Business Women’s Network) enjoyed a productive year, with a variety of thoughtful speakers including Daniela Perry, Public Policy Coordinator, Georgia Chamber shown in the top right photo (center) with Vice-President Cynthia Bennett (left) and President & CEO Candace Boothby (right). Bottom right photo is another innovative speaker, Sara Irvani of Oka-B, which represents one of few remaining American footwear manufacturers. The Business Women’s Alliance is sponsored by Progressive Heating and Air in partnership with Carrier. For more information about the Business Women’s Alliance, contact Cynthia Bennett, Vice President, at cynthia@newnancowetachamber.org

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Member Engagement

2018 Golf Classic Each month, existing and prospective Chamber members gather at a local member business during the cocktail hour to enjoy an exciting opportunity to connect while establishing April Business-After-Hours hosted by Standard Office Systems and renewing relationships. at Art & Jakes In April we gathered at Art & Jakes in Newnan to get to know more about the services offered by Standard Office Systems. New in 2019! The Chamber’s popular Power Networking Lunch has been reimagined in the image of Business-After-Hours, lending itself to an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their services and offerings to Chamber members during the lunch hour. Unlike BusinessAfter-Hours, Power Networking Lunch is hosted only three times annually. For more information or to host either of these two engaging events, contact Susan Kraut, Director of Strategy and Communications, at susan@newnancowetachamber.org

Historically held the first Wednesday in May, the NewnanCoweta Chamber Golf Classic is the premier event of the year south of Atlanta. Attracting more than 200 players and over 400 attendees, the tournament includes ample sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, allowing Chamber members to showcase their business services as an integral part of one of the Chamber’s most important non-dues revenue fundraising events.

Left: Knox Pest Control stomps the competition as 1st place tournament champs.

Right: the Walternative Golf Ball Drop presented by Toyota of Newnan made for an exciting kick-off to the tournament.

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2018 Prosperity Awards

2018 Prosperity Awards Coweta County has become known as Prosperity’s Front Door, where the Chamber and local stakeholders work together to ensure that we cross the threshold as a community united. Each year at the Annual Meeting the Chamber recognizes both businesses and individuals who have enriched the community by opening doors, creating jobs, and providing greater quality of life for all. The Prosperity Awards recognize companies and organizations that have significantly impacted Coweta’s economic prosperity and development within the past 12-18 months. Along with other local champions and pioneers, these honorees are effectively putting Coweta in front of the property development curve that is beginning to reappear in areas southwest of metro Atlanta. These award winners have made key investments in our community, sending a clear message that Coweta is indeed a prosperous community and a great place to work, play, and thrive. The celebration surrounding these awards is made possible by Georgia Power, the presenting sponsor of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

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In 1953, Wilhelm Sülzle split his long-established ironmongery factory among his sons and his son-in-law Heinrich Blickle into three standalone companies. The newly founded company, Blickle, assumed the production of iron wheelbarrow wheels, developing it into a range of high-quality wheels Lynn Stanier accepts the Newnan-Coweta in addition to swivel and Chamber Prosperity Award from Susan fixed casters. Kraut on behalf of Blickle U.S.A. Today, Reinhold Blickle, son of the company’s founder, runs the company as executive partner together with his wife Denise Blickle and Walter Wager. Under their management, Blickle has developed into one of the leading manufacturers of wheels and casters worldwide over the past few decades. Progress and keeping with the traditional values of the family company go hand in hand — a corporate philosophy that will be continued into the third generation.

Formerly known as Kawasaki Loaders and Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America built its first manufacturing plant in Newnan in 1988 and completed the facility’s expansion 10 years later. And then, 30 years after starting assembly of its John Michalewicz accepts the Newnanwheel loaders in Newnan, Coweta Chamber Prosperity Award Hitachi unveiled the from Susan Kraut on behalf of Hitachi company’s newest facility Construction Machinery Loaders America. expansion and introduced the relocated, new corporate headquarters campus next to the Newnan assembly plant. The tradition of offering outstanding parts availability, an unmatched factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, flexible warranty programs, and a wide range of services and programs, continues to expand under the Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America, Inc. corporate structure.

Across the decades, Cargill has remained true to the vision of founder W.W. Cargill: helping farmers prosper, connecting markets and bringing consumers the products they’re seeking. Along the way, Cargill has advanced how food and agriculture work, with breakthroughs Tim Glenn accepts the Newnan-Coweta that changed what was Chamber Prosperity Award from Susan Kraut possible. on behalf of Cargill Meat Solutions. The largest private company in America, they have 155,000 employees working every day to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way. They are still privately owned and family run after more than 150 years. In 2018, our local Cargill facility created an additional 120 jobs and increased production from one million pounds of beef each week to 1.5 million pounds per week, with revenues totaling more than Coke and Pepsi combined.

The company was founded by Terry Mallaghan and has now become one of the leading aviation industry suppliers in the manufacture of Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE), producing highly acclaimed GSE products to an ever-expanding Joe Griffith accepts the Newnan-Coweta global network of Chamber Prosperity Award from Candace customers. Boothby and Susan Kraut on behalf of We are so proud that Mallaghan. our newest Irish company to the Coweta family is led by one of our former CEC students Joe Griffith. Since taking over as manager, Mallaghan has invested more than $1 million in upgrades and equipment and created more than 30 jobs with another 20-30 expected to be added within 18 months. Griffith said that investment in both property and local workforce can be traced back to the community’s vision for CEC and the innovative route the program has taken.

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2018 Volunteers of the Year & Chairman’s Award Amanda Fields & Joe Crain III

2018 Volunteers of the Year Award Each year the Chamber recognizes exemplary leadership by one or more members who lend their time, talents, and generosity of spirit to the benefit of the membership at large. Two previous Leadership Coweta graduates put those words into action as the Chamber’s 2018 Volunteers of the Year.

2018 Chairman’s Award Each year at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, an active member is recognized for outstanding contributions to the organization and its members.

Over the past 18 months, Amanda Fields of the Coweta County Development Authority and Joe Crain III of Crain Oil Company have co-chaired the 2019 Leadership Coweta class, giving hours of their time to program planning, coordination and facilitating class days. In that same time frame, Amanda launched Coweta Works – Discover Your World in collaboration with the Chamber. This far-reaching project pulled together our educational systems and representatives from over 50 local industries. This is the first step in talent development for our community’s 8th graders. With a clear understanding of the crucial partnership between citizens and school, Joe began serving on the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools soon after graduation from Leadership Coweta. He has recently committed his skills and talent as the Board Treasurer. Joe’s work with CIS strengthens its impact to keep students engaged, involved and moving toward success despite facing difficult circumstances.

Phil Trickey

Phil Trickey receives the Chairman’s Award in recognition for his ongoing contributions to the Chamber.

Phil Trickey of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation is one such contributor who lends his time and expertise to informing Chamber best-practices. Consistently willing to share his business and financial savvy, Phil serves on both the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the Finance Committee and contributes as a Board orientation trainer. The Chamber’s go-to for advice and counsel (as well as Robert’s Rules of Order), Phil is valued beyond measure.

Amanda Fields and Joe Crain III, co-recipients of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.


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2018 Small Business Awards

Unexpected Moments of Happiness The 2018 Small Business Awards and Celebration Luncheon yielded a fresh approach to honoring Coweta’s energetic small business community with a refreshed format, new accolades, and an inspiring keynote presentation by Nick Carse, co-founder of Atlanta-based King of Pops. King of Pops makes tasty ice pops with high-quality ingredients and interesting flavor combinations and sells them through pushcarts throughout metro Atlanta. Radiating positivity born of an interesting life story, Carse was the ideal choice to motivate and inspire Coweta’s small business community. Presented by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan and UBS Financial Services, the annual Small Business Awards serve to acknowledge those businesses which are key contributors to our local economy and those which lead the majority of our workforce across the threshold to prosperity. Honorees were recognized in the Entrepreneur, Employer, Growth and Overall categories. The reimagined awards luncheon also carried with it a new honor for some of Coweta’s most treasured small businesses via the inaugural Legacy Award. Lindsey’s Realtors and Crain Oil Company ultimately shared the top honor, as their nearly identical reputations as multi-generational businesses born of community engagement and Chamber advocacy made for an impossible choice between the two. The 2019 Small Business Awards and Celebration Luncheon will be held on August 28th at the Newnan Centre. For additional information about the event or to learn more about nominations, call the Chamber at 770.253.2270.

2018 Entrepreneur Category Winner (1-5 Employees) – Dirt 1X

2018 Growth Category Winner (6-20 Employees) – Monster Tree


2018 Employer Category (21-75 Employees) and Overall Winner – J&M Pools

2018 Small Business Top Ten Finalists

Left to right (back row): Steve Mader, SouthTowne Motors; Ryan Smith, Monster Tree Service; Tim Smith, Moto-Tec-it; Michael Durand, J&M Pools; Ellie White-Stevens, Dirt 1X (front row): Jacob Durand, J&M Pools; Meridee Wise, Golden’s on the Square; Jeremy and Lauren Bollinger, Cleaning with a Cause; Susan Erwin, The Lighting Studio; Ginger Queener, UBS Financial Services; Gene Quick, Mid-Georgia Garage Doors.

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Member Engagement

Walkin’ Through the Winter Wonderland November 28, 2018 brought together hundreds of business and service providers and greater-Coweta community members for the 24th annual Winter Wonderland BIGExpo, presented by Delta Community Credit Union. This highly anticipated event reliably carries with it an opportunity for businessto-business and businessto-consumer promotions and lead generation, but this year’s Expo went a bit further in embracing the spirit of the season via the Delta Community Giving Tree. In celebrating their tenth anniversary as the Presenting Sponsor of the well-attended business exposition, DCCU partnered with the Chamber in soliciting donations to the benefit of the Coweta County Family Connection’s RePack the BackPack Resource Expo. In exchange for free admission to the Expo, guests were asked to bring school supplies to be provided to Coweta students during the annual drive this January. Dozens of local students benefited from the effort and CCFC Coordinator Carol Bresinger reported a “carload of supplies,” to the tune of over 1,500 items totaling over $2,000. Also new in 2018, attendees enjoyed added value via the NuLink | WOW! Santa’s Satchel Goodie Bag and Santa Tracker Punch Card, the latter of which ensured quality time with vendors and a chance to win one of several exceptional offerings generously donated

by exhibitors. Included in the giveaway was a fully decorated Delta Community Tree in the image of the beloved Frosty the Snowman and decked with snowman-themed ornaments, festively provided courtesy of Expo participants. The 25th Annual BIGExpo will be held at the Newnan Centre on December 3, 2019. For additional information or to inquire about a booth, please contact Susan Kraut at susan@ newnancowetachamber.org

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Chamber Connections

Cook’s Pest Control claims top spot in Young Professionals Throw and Grow Cornhole Tournament.

Representative Lynn Smith receives honorary State of the Community Luncheon guests learn about Leadership Coweta diploma at the 2018 Alumni Picnic. Mayor Brady’s 25 years in office.

Member Connect offers information on how to leverage Chamber membership…and lots of laughs.

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Power Networking Lunch gathers members for connectivity at Coweta’s top eateries.

Coweta’s younger set gathers at Newnan’s The Cellar for Cocktails and Connections.

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