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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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Meet the People Who Make this County Work – Fayette: Face to Face

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The second annual Fayette Face to Face Event will be held at Fayette County Public Library on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stop by a meet the county leadership team – all twenty seven departments of the Fayette County Government will be in attendance, along with city departments from the City of Fayetteville, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County School System.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the various departments of county and city governments as well as organizations in Fayette County that provide resources to Fayette citizens.  It is a chance for citizens to network and have discussions to promote sharing resources throughout the community.  There will also be a “Touch a Truck” event in the library parking lot for kids of all ages.


Doing Business with Peachtree City

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Do you operate or work for a local business that would be interested in doing business with the City?  Visit to check out current bids and Requests for Proposals/Information, and sign up for the City’s vendor list.

SBDC Offers “Behind the Scenes” Bootcamp for Film & TV

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Learn what it takes to work on film and television productions and how to build a successful company with multiple streams of income around your craft.  If working behind the scenes has always been a dream of your, then you will want to join us for this power packed event.

The 3-day boot camp features curricula for seasoned as well as aspiring HAIRSTYLISTS and MAKE UP ARTISTS.  Sessions include hands-on technical classes in the track of your choice, business seminars, panel discussions and a test lab to help you start building and packaging your portfolio immediately.  November 16 – 18, 2014, Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia

FrSBDC Film_TV BOOTCAMPom the Small Business Development Center and Clayton State University.  Tuition is $595 for 3 days of classes.  Register at

Letter to Members from Virginia Gibbs, President & CEO

Monday, October 13th, 2014


After over a decade at the helm of the Fayette Chamber,  I have let our board and staff know that  it is my plan to retire from the chamber December 31st of this year.   It has been such a privilege, honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible organization.   Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been inspired and humbled by the opportunities our team has to make a difference through our efforts at the chamber,  not only on behalf of the businesses and organizations that make up our membership,  but also for our Fayette community.

It’s interesting how often, when a senior leader announces they are retiring from an organization, the first question folks ask is “What’s wrong?”   While it may be a natural response,  I think a much better question is “What’s right?”,  and as such, that’s the focus of my letter to you.

As I reflect on my tenure here,   I am proud that, together, we have achieved a number of important goals.  First and foremost, we’ve made great strides in true organizational development, recruiting and building a talented team and closely aligning our mission with our day to day programs.  I can say without hesitation that your chamber has a truly solid foundation, and is ready to take it to the next level of service and impact in our community.   We’ve aspired, and, I believe, become a very good model of how solid small businesses and non-profits are run, with a talented and committed board and professional staff who operate with integrity and compassion.   We’ve honed our brand, and elevated our programs and communications to levels well beyond what you’d imagine a six person team could do.

Our chamber has played an integral role in being a catalyst for healthy,  inclusive community conversations on difficult and very personal conversations like diversity,   community health,  and how best to support our students for their futures.  We’ve helped our community to articulate its vision for the future.  We’ve been willing to ask ourselves the hard questions about our own programming and how we should best align our capabilities in areas such as leadership development and input on public policy.  And we have had the courage to not be satisfied with being good, but rather to act to improve the areas which need to be better.

Healthy organizations embrace leadership change, knowing that new leaders bring new gifts and perspectives which, done well, can truly build on the strong foundation, and take the organization to the next level.    I have done my personal best to prepare this chamber to be ready for that next level,  and have immense confidence that our Board of Directors will find the very best candidate to take the lead in 2015. Our Executive Board, acting in its capacity as the personnel committee, is in the process of determining how the search will be conducted.  Within the next two weeks,  we will communicate the job posting and qualifications on our web site and via chamber e-mail as soon as our board leadership has it available.  Of course, over the next two months, I will do everything possible to make this a seamless and extraordinarily healthy transition.

So, what’s right with the chamber?   So much is right, that I can confidently say “it’s time to hand off the baton.”  What’s next for me?  Time to relax, reflect and find where my life’s journey will lead me next…

Virginia Gibbs

FCBOE Posts RFQs for Janitorial Supplies

Friday, October 10th, 2014

FCBOE has posted 2 new RFQs for janitorial supplies.  These RFQ’s can also be located on their website ( under Departments then Purchasing and finally 4-Solicitations & Awards.

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DATE CORRECTION: Salon Serenity Ribbon Cutting

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Chamber News incorrectly listed the date of Salon Serenity’s upcoming Ribbon Cutting.

All members are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m. at their salon – 308 Clover Reach, Peachtree City.

Arrive at 5:15 and the ribbon will be cut promptly at 5:30.

Learn more about Salon Serenity HERE


Fayette County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
6:00 pm

The Fayette County Branch NAACP cordially invites Fayette citizens to the 17th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, October 25th, 2014.  Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., Dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

The banquet will take place at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City, GA  30269.

Honorary Program Chair is The Honorable Representative Virgil Fludd and the theme this year is “Lift Every Voice and Vote.”

Tickets are $70.oo per person or $700.00 per table.

More information or to purchase tickets 770-719-0806 or 770-856-3271 or at

Donations to local NAACP branches are not tax deductible.

Great Georgia Air Show This Weekend!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

It’s a weekend filled with breathtaking aerial stunts, roaring jet trucks, fireworks and activities for fun seekers of all ages. The Great Georgia Airshow (GGAS) will return to Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City, GA, October 11-12, 2014 with a new line-up that promises to dazzle, entertain and inspire aviation enthusiasts and future aviators, engineers and scientists. The weekend will kick-off Saturday, Oct. 11th at 9am when the gates open to begin the day airshow. At 5pm on Saturday, the fun continues when the gates reopen for the second annual night show that includes a jet truck and fireworks.
The GGAS roster includes some of the most highly regarded performers in the air show community. Joining the 2014 show will be the nationally renowned Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Doug Mathews with his F-86/T-33, the always hilarious Otto the Helicopter and Vertigo Airshows, a jet glider. New for this year, Redline Airshows and Julie Clark. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will again parade its fleet of meticulously restored World War II-era aircraft, while Viet Nam War-era helicopters will be provided by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Thanks to a reputation as one of the best air shows in the region, GGAS was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Association, but organizers believe the best is yet to come.
“75% of the performers are new to the show” said Air Show Director Angie Faulise “and we have totally reinvented our program so there are a wider range of activities and experiences, including a night show on Saturday a KidsZone, fireworks, flight simulators and a variety of hospitality packages.”
Night shows are new to the air show circuit, but they already have proven to be extremely popular with spectators by combining precision flying with spotlights, strobes, illuminated smoke, a fireworks display and music to create a stunning experience. The GGAS Saturday Night Show will begin at 6:30pm.
For thrill seekers, GGAS offers rides in warbirds, monster trucks, helicopters, a zip line, mechanical bull riding and while vendors of all types will be on hand for souvenir hunters.

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