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Peachtree City Hires New Planning Director

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Master-planned city Peachtree City welcomes a new Director of Planning and Development.  Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced that Michael Warrix of Brownsville, Texas, would be heading up the department beginning July 20.


Warrix has 30 years of experience in public sector planning agencies and private sector civil and environmental engineering firms.  He comes to Peachtree City from Brownsville, Texas, where he served the community’s 200,000 residents as Director of Planning and Zoning.


Warrix has also served as Planning and Community Development Director for MSE of Kentucky, a municipal engineering, architecture and planning firm based in Lexington, and as Vice President of Planning and Community Development with Keck & Wood, Inc., a civil environmental engineering firm in Duluth, Georgia.


Warrix’s public sector experience includes working as an Assistant Planner for Greenville, South Carolina; Community Development Planner in Berea, Kentucky; Effingham County Coordinator for the Coastal Area Planning & Development Commission; and Staff Planner with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.   He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a specialization in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Kentucky.


Rorie welcomed Warrix, saying, “We have seen a dramatic increase in projects this past year, and Michael’s range of experience at the local, regional, and state level will be a valuable asset to the department.”

FCBOE RFQ for KI Learn2 Seating

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitation. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. You are asked to forward this to any interested party or vendor. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



FCBOE RFQ for Toilet Tissue for Warehouse Stock

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitations. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. You are asked to forward this to any interested party or vendor. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



FCBOE RFQ for Paper Towels for Warehouse Stock

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitations. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. You are asked to forward this to any interested party or vendor. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



FCBOE RFP for Furniture

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Please see the attached solicitation. This can also be located on our website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards. You are asked to forward this to any interested party or vendor. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.



At Large vs District Voting

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

I find one of the more interesting parts of chamber work is public policy. Sometimes it is quite unpleasant, as was the case for the public comment session in last Thursday’s County Commission meeting.  Sadness permeated the room because of Commissioner Coston’s passing and the public comment was an emotional outcry to have the special election only in the district instead of at-large.

Sometimes, working on public policy is invigorating and that was the case on Friday.  Our Governmental Affairs Committee had a great meeting starting the process of setting the 2016 agenda.  We discussed items that were on last year’s agendas of our partner organizations and what we were hearing out there that were brewing hot topics.  We discussed what was relevant to our group to put on the review-and-research list.  Over the next few months, the Governmental Affairs Committee would whittle down to the legislative agenda to send to the Board for approval.  The upcoming August GAC meeting will include a review of the issues portion of the member survey we were planning for September.  The process was right on track and how the board and I envisioned taking positions on issues.  I left the office on Friday feeling good about the day, although sad that I was heading to Pota Coston’s wake.

Unfortunately, the Commission meeting Thursday night created negative publicity for our wonderful county.  It was not clear if the special election would be held as a district or countywide election and the regional media ran stories over the weekend and Monday with the worst of the comments made Thursday night. The phones began ringing with great concern over Fayette County’s image. Time was of the essence with the Fayette County Elections Board meeting Tuesday.  The Chair called a special meeting.  The discussion focused on should we take a stance on the special election, will the Chamber weighing in be the right action and be a noted step in making sure that Fayette County is viewed as a welcoming place?  Since clear information on what the options regarding the court case were not yet available, should we do anything?  Can our position be clear that our stance is only on this special election for reasons of community cohesiveness and economic development?

After much discussion the board decided that it should take a position to share at the Elections Board meeting which stated:  On behalf of the Fayette Chamber Board of Directors, we ask that special election for Fayette County Commission seat district 5 be held in the district only and respect the district process used in the November 2014 election utilizing the 2014 map.  The Chamber acknowledges that we have no expertise in the legalities of election law and await the outcome of the legal process, but if there is a decision to be made by the Fayette County Board of Elections or County Commission on this special election, it is to the advantage of the business community to minimize the disruption that going back to an at-large vote for the special election will cause and focus on maintaining a positive business climate in Fayette County.

At last night’s meeting, I shared this position.  Fayette Vision too spoke up along with several other business and community leaders spoke up with a similar position. Some community leaders spoke up in favor of districtwide. After public comment, together we heard the legal opinion from Dennis Davenport who had been called in to evaluate the court ruling.  Davenport, who is not involved in the lawsuit that is still in the courts, stated that the County would have to hold an at-large election and the candidates would have to reside in the district as drawn in the 2012 maps.

We hope that now all are informed on how this election must be held, that our community will not be in the negative spotlight.  We also look forward to the regular process of making decisions on issues.

I know that some of you will want to discuss this issue or the process with me or a board member.  Please feel free to e-mail me or call me a 770-461-9983.  Thank you for your membership and your commitment to the Chamber.

SBA Offers Free “How to Prep a Loan Package” Course

Monday, July 6th, 2015

SBA offers free online course through The Learning Center  - How to Prepare a Loan Package

Are you considering a loan to secure funding for your small business? This course will help you determine the best methods to secure a loan.

  • Learn what lenders will ask for.
  • Determine the purpose of securing a loan. Growth? Working Capital?
  • Explore the components of a loan package for a business loan.
  • See the financial statements needed in a loan package

Click here to:  Take the free course

Richelle Mathis Receives Achievement Award

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Richelle MathisRichelle J. Mathis, AAMS of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Fayetteville, Georgia recently won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

Cruver Accepted as Professional Member of IECA

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Independent Educational Consultants Association, (IECA), today announced Mark Cruver of Fayetteville, GA has been accepted as a professional member in the association.  Professional membership in the association is reserved for only the most capable and experienced independent educational consultants (IECs).  It requires an appropriate master’s degree or comparable training, and a minimum of three years experience in counseling and admissions.  In addition, members must have visited a minimum of 50 campuses, meet IECA’s professional standards, and subscribe to its Principles of Good Practice.

Mark Cruver has been an IEC since 2012 with Capstone Educational Consultants, LLC and assists high school students throughout Fayette County and the greater Atlanta area with all aspects of their college journey.   Mr. Cruver earned a bachelor of arts degree in Christian education with a youth emphasis from Bryan College (TN). Several years later, he received a master of education with a focus on college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University.  Mr. Cruver earned an Independent Educational Consultant Certificate from the University of California – Irvine in 2014.    Mark Cruver has served as director of admissions for Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where he developed an insiders perspective from applications to essays, understanding the elements most attractive to university or college admissions departments.  Mark continues to expand his education as it relates to college and career becoming both a Strong Interest Inventory® and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified practitioner as well as attending multiple national IEC conferences and workshops.  He works primarily with students on their journey to college.  Mark’s consulting practice, Capstone Educational Consultants is an active member of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and can be found online at

The IECA was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit, professional association of established educational consultants. IECA member educational consultants are professionals who assist students and families with educational decision-making. Their educational backgrounds, specialized training, campus visitations, and professional experience equip them to help students choose schools, colleges, or programs that meet their individual needs and goals. Membership in the association requires an appropriate master’s degree or comparable training and a minimum of three years of experience in the profession, as well as meeting IECA’s professional standards and subscribing to its Principles of Good Practice. Members continually update their knowledge and maintain skills through IECA-sponsored meetings, workshops, webinars, training programs, and information exchanges with colleges, schools, programs and other consultants.

PTC Hires New Police Chief

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


Takes helm August 10 at $111,000 Salary

Peachtree City Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced today that Suwanee Deputy Chief Janet Moon has accepted the position as Chief of the Peachtree City Police Department.

The appointment comes after a two-step process that involved an interview panel that assessed technical skills and knowledge of the applicants, followed by a panel of community representatives who assessed the top three candidates in terms of the best fit for Peachtree City.

Rorie said, “While we had many well-qualified candidates, members of both panels were particularly impressed with Janet’s philosophy of being a ‘servant leader’ and her emphasis on being involved in the local community.”

Chief Moon comes to Peachtree City with an impressive 30-year history in law enforcement, with four years in the U.S. Army Military Police Force followed by twelve years with the Police Department of Rome, Georgia, where she rose to the rank of Lieutenant.  Moon joined the Suwanee Police Department as a Captain in 2001, earning the promotion to her current rank of Deputy Chief in 2006.

Rorie said, “We are very fortunate to have found a Chief from this area with Janet’s level of knowledge and experience.  Peachtree City has an excellent Police force that weathered some very difficult circumstances earlier this year.  I’m confident Chief Moon and the entire department will be able to move forward and continue providing outstanding service to our citizens.”

Moon is a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police School in Ft. McClellan, Alabama; the Floyd College Police Academy in Rome; the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in Columbus, Georgia; and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  She holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Suma Cum Laude) from Floyd College in Rome, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.  She will begin serving in Peachtree City on August 10.

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