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Clayton State University Super Saturday Open House

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
8:00 am

It’ll be Super Saturday at Clayton State University on Nov. 15, as the Office of Recruitment and Admissions holds its Fall Open House for interested potential students and parents.

Super Saturday will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the James M. Baker University Center, and will feature a welcome from Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes, academic and student information sessions, separate Lunch & Learn Q&As with Clayton State students for freshmen, parents, and transfer and non-traditional students, and an Academics and Organization Fair.

In addition, starting at 12:45 p.m., campus tours will leave from the first floor entrance of the Baker Center every 15 minutes.

For more information, contact the Clayton State Office of Recruitment and Admissions at,, or call (678) 466-4115.

A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.


Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
9:00 am
12:00 pm

Visit the studios of some of the best artists living, working, and exhibiting in the towns of Tyrone, Peachtree City and Fayetteville. The self-guided tour will take you throughout beautiful Fayette County.  Along the way you will be welcomed by artists working with glass, clay, fiber arts, wood, photography, mixed media and oils.  Some studios will offer an opportunity for attendees to have a hands on experience with their mediums. Follow the map at:  and look for Art Studio Tour signs.  Attendees can begin the tour at any studio location.  The tour fee of $10 is paid only at your first stop where you will receive a wrist band.  The artists are looking forward to your visit.  For more information, e-mail or call 770-486-9768 or 678-641-1247.

CSU Film & Media Director Calls for Unified Effort for Film and Media

Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Barton Bond, director, Film and Digital Media Center, Clayton State University

There is plenty of evidence that the film and media industries in Georgia are experiencing rapid growth. The number of film and television productions in the state exceeded 40 in the peak summer months just past – contributing to an estimated $ 5.1 billion in economic impact in 2014. Gaming, music and film tourism added another nearly $6 billion to that total.

And there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from county economic development offices and realtors around the state about the steady stream of media professionals and businesses moving to Georgia from other states. To date, most of those businesses and individuals have been coming from California, but with the recent severe decline of North Carolina’s film industry, Georgia should see some significant migration of professionals and film projects from that state as well.

While the Georgia’s attractive financial incentive program is at the root of much of the growth and development of the sector, the growing support infrastructure contributes is a contributing factor as well. Pinewood Studios is a well-known anchor, and has helped to encourage the movement into, or creation within, the state of many support services companies and individuals. And with at least one confirmed, and perhaps two other studio complexes considering establishment here, that spiral of activity spurring economic development is on a sharp tilt upward.

However, there is also a sense among some professionals in areas such as film production and business development, music, gaming, education and training as well as “back office” infrastructure, that now is not the time for the state to rest on its laurels. At a recent Film and Entertainment Society Summit organized by the 22,000 member Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), a group of panelists representing these sectors called for a unified approach to making the case, both internal and external to the state, that Georgia is poised to move up to a higher level.

Panelists included Barton Bond (education) from Clayton State University, Todd Harris (gaming) of Hi-Rez Studios, Tammy Hurt (music) of Placement Music, Susan Satterfield (film) of Picture Window Productions, Stephen Weizenecker (film legal) and Stephen Woodward (communications infrastructure) of Edge Solutions.

The TAG panelists all agreed that Georgia is now a major player in film and entertainment nationally, but is genuinely and uniquely positioned to not only become an even stronger force in traditional media, but to become a leader in new media and other technology-based communications.

That is to say, if the current growth rate of traditional film and television production is just maintained for the next five years, Georgia could surpass New York as the second-busiest state for production. If even one more major studio complex the size of Pinewood is opened, the state’s capacity, and logically its productivity, could increase at least 50 percent within just a couple of years. Add to those numbers the attendant growth of support services and infrastructure and there would be a natural inclination to foresee an even more dramatic level of economic activity.

However, as the panelists all agreed, traditional production is only one component of the entire industry. Given the sometimes wild growth rate of new platforms and avenues for consumption of media content – unforeseen even two years ago – there is now and certainly will be in the near future a vast untapped potential to develop and deliver content (called “product” in the film and media world).

The nature of these products can range widely from scripted shows to reality programs to games to education, training, marketing, and other domains not yet developed or considered. And making the landscape even more fertile, there will be an increasing number of blended products that combine more than one of these elements.

Woven through those genres will be modifications of traditional consumption, enabling interactive applications — choosing alternate endings to shows or games for example — allowing for customization or even creation by individual media consumers.

As several of the TAG panelists pointed out, the best part and potential for Georgia is that this brave new world of media is geographically agonistic. Meaning it can be created and even distributed from pretty much anywhere – technically. However, and this is big however for the state, the best places to develop, produce, launch and maintain these products and services will be regions which have four characteristics.

  •  First; a sufficient level and quantity of skilled workers – creatives, producers, developers, technicians, experts on the business side (marketing, logistics, distribution, financing, etc.), and even entrepreneurs.
  •  Second; an appropriate support infrastructure that includes communications bandwidth, studios, production companies, post-production and special effects houses.
  • Third; support services including industry-specific materials and service suppliers, government and general business support, and on-going training, education and professional development.
  •  Fourth – and most importantly: a level of recognition and support integrated both horizontally and vertically throughout the state.

Of all these, the fourth element needs the greatest amount of attention and effort right now. The first three are on a slow but steady development and growth curve. If left unattended or unstimulated, they all may reach a point of critical mass that would be necessary for Georgia to achieve its true potential. On the other hand, given the incessant and persistent level of competition, both domestic and foreign, that will no doubt expand, that point may not be reached before some other city, state or country gets there first.

In film and media, momentum (the “Big Mo”) is everything. Georgia has momentum but only at the potential level. Now is the time for all stakeholders to recognize that the window of opportunity is just now cracked but needs to be opened wide so we can all crawl through.

All the TAG panelists agreed that as a state we need to move out of the mode of individual domain-specific discussions, conferences and workshops, to an over-all strategic action plan that will pull together individuals, companies, organizations, governmental, and educational and business entities into creating a focused vision. That vision also must generate concrete action plans as necessary. Those plans likely will specify a number of actors from all the aforementioned categories and necessarily would have short and long-range outcomes and the requirement for on-going review, assessment and revision.

It is not, as one former United States president would say, “rocket surgery.” But there are a lot of moving parts and many hands on the wheels that turn the parts. As a state, we all headed in pretty much the same direction – we just need to all be pulling together in that direction.

The JOY FM to Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for Families in Need

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The mission of 93.3 The JOY FM is to be a light of hope and joy during the holidays. For nearly five years now, The JOY FM has worked with local businesses and food pantries during the holidays to ensure a Thanksgiving dinner is available for families needing assistance. The help comes in the form of a one-week event called T-Shirts For Turkeys, and it’s coming to Fayette County again!

During T-Shirts For Turkeys listeners and the public will be invited to stop by a participating Chick-Fil-A restaurant during a 2-hour live radio event. Purchase a frozen turkey or bring $10 or more in cash, check or gift card – or what is commonly referred to as a “paper” turkey. Any gift of a turkey, whether frozen or paper, receives The JOY FM t-shirt as a keepsake.

All the food and funds will benefit local food banks serving Fayette County and the surrounding area. The JOY FM will have a live broadcast from most of the events.  Last year more than 12,000 people were fed through The JOY FM T-Shirts for Turkeys campaign.

For more information go to:


Saturday, November 8 – noon-2:00 p.m. @ 1st Franklin Financial in Fayetteville, benefiting the Midwest Food Bank

Monday, November 10 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A  Starr’s Mill in Peachtree City and Chick-fil-A  Towne Center in Fayetteville, benefiting Real Life Center

Wedensday, November 12 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A Kedron Village in Peachtree City, benefiting Real Life Center

Chamber Seeking New President & CEO

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce  is seeking a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The successful candidate will have a minimum of seven years of proven success as a top executive in the areas of Leadership, Board Governance, Business Development, Public Policy, Community and Communications. A Bachelor’s degree is required with an Advanced degree preferred. Compensation package & benefits will be competitive. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter that summarizes qualifications; resume; salary requirements; references to EOE.

Fayette County Looking for Artists for 2014 Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Saville Studios in conjunction with The Fayette County Public Arts Committee is encouraging artists to show their work at the 2014 exhibition. We have a goal to present artwork for display so that Fayette County may begin to make its mark on the map for the Fine Arts. We look forward to meeting you and viewing your artwork. For a printable application and guidelines, please visit   Download information and artist application here:     2014 Juried Art Show_PR (2)

Chamber Member Discount for SBDC Digital Marketing Boot Camp

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Thanks to a grant from Digital Georgia, SBDC is able to bring this full-day Digital Marketing Boot Camp to Clayton State University for $49 per person, which includes lunch.

SBDC is offering Fayette Chamber members a 10% discount for our first Digital Marketing Boot Camp on Wednesday, October 22.  Discount code chamber10 (case sensitive).

This boot camp is taught by top marketing experts in the state and features interactive breakout sessions.

The boot camp will cover:
*   how to improve your website presence and connect with customers in a mobile world
*   how to integrate technology and marketing to increase your business’ profits
*   the ABC’s of SEO (search engine optimization) for your website and blog
*   how to make your Facebook page a strategic marketing tool
*   how to utilize Pinterest, Instagram, and videos into your marketing plan
*   how to use Google tools for growth
*   how great companies make digital marketing work: what’s their strategy?

More information and registration at

GMC Named to Coveted List

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named all six Georgia Military College campuses – Milledgeville, Augusta, Columbus, Fairburn, Warner Robins and Valdosta – to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.



Georgia Power Names New Area Manager for Fayette and Coweta

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Georgia Power has named Tony Ferguson as the area manager for the company’s operations in Coweta and Fayette counties.  In this position, Ferguson will be responsible for coordinating company activities and focusing on delivering world-class value to customers in Coweta and Fayette counties, the company said.  Ferguson will also work closely with community leaders and local, state and federal officials on issues concerning Georgia Power and the company’s customers.     Most recently, Ferguson served as sales manager in Georgia Power’s East Region near Augusta.

He began his career with Georgia Power in 1987 and has held various roles throughout the company in Supply Chain, Distribution, Transmission and Lighting Services.  “I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve our customers throughout Coweta and Fayette counties,” said Ferguson. “I look forward to working with the Georgia Power local team, our customers, community leaders and elected officials in my new role.”  Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from North Georgia College. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and has completed the Georgia Academy for Economic Development training program.  Ferguson will live in Newnan with his wife and two daughters.

Three Chamber Members Named to Best Global Brands List

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Three Fayette Chamber members are represented on the Interbrand Best Global Brands List for 2014 - Panasonic, Ford, and Morgan Stanley.  The Fayette Chamber is proud of its members that are globally recognized for exceptional quality in products and service.  Congratulations to Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Allan Vigil Ford-Fayetteville, and Morgan Stanley in Peachtree City.

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