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Register Today for South Metro Development Outlook Conference

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Registration is now open for the  South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) Conference being held Wednesday, February 18th at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.  

SMDO is the brainchild of Michael Hightower the Managing Partner of The Collaborative Firm, a land use planning, program management and real estate development company. The Collaborative Firm has been hosting South Metro Development Outlook since 2002, and it has grown to become the largest conference of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta.

Now in its 13th year, the SMDO Conference convenes professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent, and highlights the City of Atlanta and the following seven counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton. SMDO consistently features highly acclaimed speakers providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth and today’s ever changing economy. Other program participants include elected officials from the seven-county region. 

South Metro Development Outlook 2015 will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at GICC, which is located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park, Georgia. This year’s conference promises to be better than ever, as it will feature noted speakers and some of the hottest topics in the industry including the film, transportation, Hartsfield-Jackson Internal Airport update, BeltLine West, the new Clayton County/MARTA partnership and more.

Tickets and further information can be found here:

http://smdo15chamberregistration.eventbrite.com

Clayton State University Film and Digital Media Holds Information Sessions:

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Georgia has become the third-busiest state in the nation (behind California and New York) in terms of film and television production.   Since the Clayton State University Digital Film Technician Training Program began a year ago, more productions have come to the state than were even anticipated, and the need for trained workers is now greater than ever.   Georgia Governor Nathen Deal and the Director of the Atlanta Film Office continue to be very enthusiastic about the current and future status of the film industry in the state.  Georgia and Atlanta are “in it” for the long haul.  Many local, county, and state entities are working hard to bring new film-related business and businesses to the state – meaning more jobs.

 

Digital Film Technician Training Program classes are held in their newly renovated 10,000 square foot studio space – one of the largest teaching studios in the country.

 

In addition to the Digital Film Technician Training Program, they offer the Post Production Film Editing: Intro to Editing course. If music is in your future, we also offer a Digital Music and Video Production and Entertainment Certificate course.

Clayton State University Film and Digital Media Information Sessions:

 

Thursday, January 22      6:30 p.m.

Lafayette Education Center, Room Media D

205 Lafayette Avenue

Fayetteville, GA  30214

Thursday, February 5     6:30 p.m.

Central Educational Center, TV Productions Lab

160 Martin Luther King Drive

Newnan, GA  30263

 

Saturday, February 7      10:00 a.m.

Lucy Huie Hall and Film Studio

9013 Tara Boulevard

Jonesboro, GA  30236

 

Information Sessions are free – please join!

To registeronline, visit our website www.clayton.edu/Film-and-Digital-Media

Clayton State University Film and Digital Media Information Session

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Jan
22
6:30 pm
Feb
5
6:30 pm
Feb
7
10:00 am

Thursday, January 22      6:30 p.m.

Lafayette Education Center, Room Media D

205 Lafayette Avenue

Fayetteville, GA  30214

Thursday, February 5     6:30 p.m.

Central Educational Center, TV Productions Lab

160 Martin Luther King Drive

Newnan, GA  30263

 

Saturday, February 7      10:00 a.m.

Lucy Huie Hall and Film Studio

9013 Tara Boulevard

Jonesboro, GA  30236

 

Information Sessions are free – please join us!

To registeronline, visit our website www.clayton.edu/Film-and-Digital-Media

 

Georgia has become the third-busiest state in the nation (behind California and New York) in terms of film and television production.   Since the Clayton State University Digital Film Technician Training Program began a year ago, more productions have come to the state than were even anticipated, and the need for trained workers is now greater than ever.   Georgia Governor Nathen Deal and the Director of the Atlanta Film Office continue to be very enthusiastic about the current and future status of the film industry in the state.  Georgia and Atlanta are “in it” for the long haul.  Many local, county, and state entities are working hard to bring new film-related business and businesses to the state – meaning more jobs.

 

Digital Film Technician Training Program classes are held in their newly renovated 10,000 square foot studio space – one of the largest teaching studios in the country.

 

In addition to the Digital Film Technician Training Program, they offer the Post Production Film Editing: Intro to Editing course. If music is in your future, we also offer a Digital Music and Video Production and Entertainment Certificate course.

Chamber Hosts GA Roadshow Skills Initiative

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Business and industry in Georgia and in the nation are facing serious challenges of not being able to find skilled workers to fill their open positions. Approximately 5,000 jobs remain unfilled due in part to the “skills gap” in Georgia with approximately 3.8 million nationwide.  Meanwhile the unemployment rate holds steady at 7.2% in Georgia.

Many schools and companies have realized that they need to work together with local educational entities in order to solve the skills-gap challenge. Business and industry, as well as local schools will mutually benefit from such partnerships as students receive instruction in necessary skills in real-world settings, while businesses have access to potential employees. The new Roadshow will showcase successful local school-business partnerships, facilitate dialogue between important community stakeholders, and present these models to other businesses and interested schools (administration, teachers, students and parents).  Stakeholders will have the opportunity to initiate valuable contacts and learn from each other.

The first Georgia Roadshow Skills Initiative will be held at the Fayette Chamber on February 9th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  FLYER:  GA_Skills-Roadshow2015

Info at:  http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Georgia-Skills-Road-Show-Initiative.aspx

or contact Michaela Claus-Nix , Georgia Department of Education (mclausnix@doe.k12.ga.us) Mr. Patrick Wallace, Fayette County Schools (wallace.patrick@mail.fcboe.org)

 

 

Grace Evangelical Church hosts FACTOR Collaborative Meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Jan
26
11:30 am

FACTOR Collaborative Meeting

January 26, 2015

Grace Evangelical Church

164 Flat Creek Trl Fayetteville

11:30am lunch & networking

Program starts at noon

This month’s program will actually be a focus group/community conversation around the topic of Teen Alcohol Parties.  This is an important issue, not only in our county but around the country.  It is not at all uncommon during prom season and graduation to hear report after report of teens that have died or were seriously injured due to alcohol related incidents, and often occurred at parties.

 

You will gain information as well as have an opportunity to share your thoughts verbally and through a survey.

 

Please feel free to invite parents of teens or during the meeting you may decide you would like to host a community conversation with a group you are involved with or would like to pull together.

 

Keeping your children- AND your teens healthy and safe is a shared responsibility!

 

Please RSVP for lunch and materials by 5pm Friday.

 

 

Becky Smith

Executive Director/FACTOR Fayette Family Connection

770-716-2797 (office

Chamber Honors Outstanding Businesses and Leaders at Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Over 320 business and community leaders gathered for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, January 16th at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree.  Always one of the chamber’s most anticipated events, this year’s Annual Meeting introduced the organization’s newly named president and CEO, Carlotta Ungaro.  Ms. Ungaro was on-hand for the event and made some brief remarks to the attendees.

Also featured at this year’s meeting was internationally renowned artist and performer, Joe Castillo.  Mr. Castillo presented highlights of Fayette County and its history through his unique “Sandstory” art presentation.  Meeting attendees remarked about its creativity and how fortunate the community is to have such an artist as “one of our own citizens.”

“The chamber is pleased to host this gathering of Fayette County’s most influential business and civic leaders, whose hard work significantly benefits our community,” said Greg Detwiler, 2015 chamber Board Chairman.  “Today we honored a select few of those leaders, but everyone in the room is an integral part of the planning and preparation for our county’s future opportunities.”

Several chamber members were recognized for their service and participation in the chamber in 2014.  The following awards were given:  Young Professional of the Year— Jon Hughes, Bank of North Georgia; Volunteer of the Year—Jeff Edwards, Jeffrey S. Edwards, CPA; Chet Wells Award—Trey Rasgdale, Kaiser Permanente.

The Dreambuilder Award for service to the Fayette County community was given to Marie Sams, founder of The Joseph Sams School.

Two awards for business excellence in 2014 were also given.  Small Business of the Year was presented to NAECO, LLC.  Outstanding Business Person of the Year was given to Bob Reeves of Accounting Resources for his longtime leadership in Fayette County and Metro-Atlanta Region.

To conclude the meeting, 2014 Board Chairman J. Michael Burnett, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, passed the chairman’s gavel to 2015 Board Chairman, Greg Detwiler, Georgia Power.

This year’s Annual Meeting was made possible by presenting sponsor, NCR Corporation.  Other leading sponsors included Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Georgia Power, AT&T, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Small Business of the Year award was sponsored by Minuteman Press-Peachtree City.  Outstanding Business Person of the Year award was sponsored by Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Fayette Chamber Board Member Named CFO at Chick-fil-A

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tenured Executive Committee at Atlanta-based restaurant chain expands.

Chick-fil-A has five new members on its Executive Committee. They join Dan Cathy, Donald “Bubba” Cathy, Tim Tassopoulos, Steve Robinson, and Buck McCabe, who have comprised Chick-fil-A’s Executive Committee for more than 19 years. The new members of the company’s Executive Committee are: Jon Bridges, Brent Ragsdale, Lynn Chastain, Andrew Cathy and Cliff Robinson. All have been promoted to senior vice president.

Ragsdale, 48, assumes the role of chief financial officer, previously held by Buck McCabe, who will remain on the Executive Committee in an advisory role through 2015, at which time he will retire. Ragsdale began working at Chick-fil-A as a restaurant team member in high school. In 1990, he joined Chick-fil-A, Inc. as a franchisee consultant. He later moved to the financial services department and held multiple leadership roles, most recently vice president and chief accounting officer. He currently serves on the board of visitors for Berry College and the boards of directors for Southwest Christian Care, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, holds a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Berry College. He is married to GiGi, and they have three children.

“Longevity in leadership has always been one of our secret ingredients,” said Dan Cathy, president and CEO. “Chick-fil-A is in the rare and wonderful position of having senior leaders who helped grow this business with care and confidence. They have mentored a new generation of leaders, and I am especially grateful to Steve Robinson and Buck McCabe, for their loyalty, wisdom and humble service. They have played a significant part in growing one restaurant into a business of more than 1,850 restaurants that have had 47 consecutive years of sales growth. As we position Chick-fil-A for an even stronger future, we will be strengthened by the wisdom of the leaders who got us here. They are passing the torch to a new generation of leadership who are well-prepared to foster growth of a relevant brand in a changing world. They are individuals with character, fortitude and unparalleled business acumen — our best is yet to come.”

New Member GYMGUYZ to Burn Calories in Georgia

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

GYMGUYZ, the mobile fitness and personal training brand, recently announced its expansion into Fayette and Coweta Counties in Georgia through an inked deal with local fitness buff and veteran, Aaron Anthonsen. In order to meet the growing demand for quality personal training in the area, Anthonsen will be joining the GYMGUYZ family of franchisees to provide convenient wellness services to more clients and will begin serving his territory on January 12, 2015.

“Our expansion into Georgia represents a major milestone for GYMGUYZ, as the first location to open in the Southeast,” said Josh York, CEO and Founder of GYMGUYZ. “Through our partnership with passionate franchisees like Aaron, we are excited to continue growing with like-minded individuals dedicated to running a business and helping clients of all fitness levels achieve their goals.”

A former Navy veteran, Anthonsen joins GYMGUYZ with a passion for fitness, which began when he started serving in the military. He gained an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science in systems engineering. He was then commissioned as an officer and became a Naval Aviator flying Navy SEAHAWK (H-60) helicopters. For the next 10 years, he deployed and flew missions, while still maintaining an active fitness regimen through avid running and participating in marathons. After settling in Fayetteville, Anthonsen began working at a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit research institute while still remaining active in the Navy Reserve. During this time, he helped organize the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon FORWARD, a race for deployed troops overseas. It was while he was training with a group of friends for the physically ambitious Tough Mudder obstacle course, a 10-12 mile challenge designed to test strength and stamina, where his interest in pursuing fitness full time began. After searching for different fitness franchises, he came across GYMGUYZ with the intention of bringing the very first location to Georgia.

“The ambition and culture of GYMGUYZ was really important to me when seeking opportunities in the wellness market,” said Anthonsen. “The brand’s ability to remain fresh, and its focus on innovation, is exactly the type of business I want to bring to my community to help members achieve their fitness goals.

Anthonsen’s veteran status comes on the heels of GYMGUYZ’s partnership with the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program. As part of the brand’s commitment to the initiative which helps returning military members access franchise opportunities, GYMGUYZ offers honorably discharged former service men and women the opportunity to join the brand as franchisees at a $5,000 discount. By joining the brand, veterans can take advantage of the rewards and benefits of entrepreneurship, while still receiving strong corporate support from a growing national brand.

“It gives me great pride to welcome Aaron to GYMGUYZ as the first veteran in the system. His experience, strong values, dedication and hard work are the type of characteristics we look for in prospective franchisees when expanding,” said York.

GYMGUYZ brings state-of-the-art fitness technology, equipment and expertise to the doors of its rapidly growing customer base. GYMGUYZ coaches use their expertise to structure workouts that will help each client meet his or her individual needs, tracking progress over the course of a 15-week program.

“Georgia expansion is a great way to start off 2015 and be the catalyst for further brand growth this year,” said York. “With the positive momentum from the new location combined with an aggressive growth strategy in place, we hope to add more units across the state and close out 2015 with an additional 30 signed new territories.”

Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about opportunities available through GYMGUYZ are encouraged to visit http://www.gymguyzfranchise.com. The in-demand company is set for expansion across the United States and is currently looking to develop territories in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Florida.

About GYMGUYZ

GYMGUYZ is a mobile fitness and personal training company based out of Plainview, N.Y., bringing their premier health and wellness services to the comfort of a customer’s home, office, or setting of choice. Founded in 2008 by fitness specialist Josh York, today the brand employs a full fleet of trucks to bring state-of-the-art fitness equipment and expert personal trainers to their customers’ doors. Whether providing one-on-one training or inclusive group sessions, GYMGUYZ helps equip individuals with the resources to reach their fitness goals. Propelled by a unique take on an in-demand service, and fueled by a passionate corporate team, GYMGUYZ is pushing itself toward significant expansion through franchising. For more information on GYMGUYZ, visit http://www.gymguyz.com/. To learn more about franchising opportunities with GYMGUYZ, visit http://www.gymguyzfranchise.com/.

FCBOE RFQ for Copy Paper

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Please see the attached Request for Quotes (RFQ). This RFQ can also be located on our website (www.fcboe.org) later today under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for participating in this solicitation.copy_paper_rfq

Town of Tyrone 1st Annual Super Saturday Sign Up

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Jan
24
10:00 am

2015 Super SAt Sign up AD JFK

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