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Support Fayette County Schools, Teachers & Students!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

FCBOE is planning its annual New Teacher Induction, July 28-30.  During these days, more than 100 new teachers will receive a welcome orientation and training before the school year begins in August.  FCBOE relies heavily on donations from local businesses to assist with making this orientation a special time for their new teachers.

FCBOE is asking the Fayette business community to consider assistance in the following ways:

1.  Gift card donations of $10 or more.  During orientation, teachers are periodically awarded door prizes.  The goal is to give door prizes such as gift cards that can be used in Fayette County and support Fayette County businesses.

2.  Monetary donations of $50 or more.  Orientation is three full days and lunch is supplied for the new teachers.  Monetary donations will assist in covering the cost of these meals.

If you or your business would like to help in either of these ways, please contact Becky Garcia at FCBOE: or contact Paige at the chamber:


Tea & Talk-Nonprofit Network meeting Thursday

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Join guest speakers Virginia Gibbs, Sheryl Watford, and Raymonde Neeley as they discuss how you can be a part of the Fayette Vision Plan! teatalk

Thursday, July 17
8:30 am – 10 am
Fayette Chamber’s Meeting Place

Guest Speakers
  • Virginia Gibbs, President and CEO, Fayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheryl Watford, Executive Director, Fayette CARE Clinic, Member Fayette Visioning Committee
  • Raymonde Neeley, Coordinator “Delivered!” Music Festival
“Tea and Talk” happens the 3rd Thursday of every other month
July 17
September 18
November 20

Mark Your Calendar: Cancer Wellness 5K Walk August 23rd

Monday, July 14th, 2014
9:00 am

Mark Your Calendar.

The Cancer Wellness 5K Walk will take place on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 to 12:00.  Fundraiser for the Thomas F.Chapman Family Cancer Wellness Center.

The Southern Credit Union is sponsoring the 4th Annual Cancer Wellness Walk for Piedmont Fayette and Newnan Hospital’s Cancer Wellness Center at Drake Field in Peachtree City.  All money raised will go toward Cancer Wellness programs at both Piedmont Fayette and Piedmont Newnan Hosptials. We will also be having free skin cancer screenings.
Register Here.

Piedmont Brings Trusted Expertise of MD Anderson Cancer Network® to Georgia

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Atlanta, Ga. (July 11, 2014) – Piedmont is the only health system in Georgia to become an affiliate of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Our affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network ensures our patients receive cancer care based on best practices developed by one of America’s leading cancer care providers,” said Kevin Brown, chief executive officer of Piedmont Healthcare. “While excellent care has always been provided at Piedmont, this collaboration takes our quality assurances to a new level.”

For 10 of the past 12 years, including 2013, MD Anderson has ranked number one in cancer care in the “Best Hospitals” survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

“MD Anderson Cancer Network was created to advance our mission of eliminating cancer by sharing our knowledge and extending our multidisciplinary care,” said Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network.  “Piedmont is a respected organization with a long history of providing high quality, patient-centered care. Our new affiliation builds on Piedmont’s strengths by adding MD Anderson’s cancer expertise, and we’re confident it will raise the bar even higher for cancer care in Georgia.”

Piedmont is dedicated to providing excellent cancer care from detection, diagnosis and research to treatment, education, and support. Piedmont works to ease the struggles often associated with the cancer journey by providing patient navigators, financial counselors and free supportive therapies in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan and Stockbridge. It is Piedmont’s dedication to Georgia residents affected by cancer that led the organization to raise its degree of collaboration in managing patient care with MD Anderson experts and become certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network. Currently, there are only 12 others in the nation.

MD Anderson’s best practices and protocols will be implemented at Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals. In the future, Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Newnan hospitals are expected to become MD Anderson Cancer Network certified members as well.

“By teaming up, we’re combining the best of what we provide locally with the world-renown expertise of MD Anderson,” said oncologist Perry Ballard, M.D.  “This collaboration provides those Piedmont physicians also certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network with access to evidence-based, disease-specific guidelines for cancer treatment, prevention, early detection and follow-up care developed by a national leader in cancer care.”


About Piedmont Cancer

At Piedmont, we treat the patient – not just the disease. Piedmont’s interdisciplinary approach involves a team of cancer specialists including board-certified oncologists, a dedicated oncology nursing unit, surgeons, accredited technicians and nutritionists. These specialists collaborate to create a personal treatment plan based on each patient’s unique situation. Offering the newest diagnostic testing, groundbreaking therapies and surgeries, proven medical and radiation oncology, and effective pain management, Piedmont Cancer also provides specially–trained oncology nurse navigators to help guide patients through their cancer journey. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, free services and programs such as yoga, cooking demos, expressive art classes and counseling are also available to anyone affected by cancer at any phase in his or her journey through Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. For more information, visit

About MD Anderson Cancer Network

MD Anderson Cancer Network® is a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s designed to advance the institution’s mission of eliminating cancer by deliveringMD Anderson expertise to community health providers. The network includes mission-aligned hospitals and health care systems across the United States committed to elevating the quality of care in their communities. Hospitals have direct access to MD Anderson clinical guidelines and best practices through membership in MD Anderson Cancer Network.

The 2014 Career Exploration Program holds Closing Ceremony

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
2:00 pm

Association for Village Pride (AV PRIDE)’s  2014 Career Exploration Program/Summer Employment Program is about to end with a bang!

They have covered a lot of ground this summer. The youth sharpened their skills by developing a powerful resume, wrapping their arms around business ethics, etiquette, dressing for success, understanding a work culture, importance of having a mentor and nailing a job interview. They are currently applying what they’ve learned from these workshops. They are gaining valuable hours of work experience from their summer internships while exploring their career field of interest.

And now they are ready to put a celebratory cap on this incredible summer! Come be a part of the celebration and join us at the CEP Closing Ceremony.

Saturday, July 26, 2014CEP

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus

551 New Hope Road

Fayetteville, GA 30214

Feel free to contact Pota Coston at 770-716-2797 or 703-731-7955 (mobile) if you have any questions or need additional information.  We hope to see you on July 26!

The Legacy Theatre presents “The Music Man”

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Legacy Theatre presents “The Music Man”.  This show is family entertainment at its best! The show follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. “Trouble,” “My White Knight,” and “76 Trombones” are just a few of the show stopping numbers in this Meredith Wilson classic.

The show runs through August 3rd.  Tue – Sat 7:30 PM and Sat – Sun 3:00 PM

Fayette Visioning Initiative- PUBLIC MEETING

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Fayette citizens and stakeholders are invited to attend the next Fayette Visioning public meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree to learn further details about the action items and goals set forth in the vision plan.  Committee members will present a plan overview in a large group session.  Immediately following, small group breakout sessions will be held where citizens can meet directly with steering committee members to talk in detail about each focus area, corresponding action items, learn how to get engaged in the process and ask any questions about the process and future implementation plan.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is a diverse group of Fayette County business and community leaders who have come together to lead the community through a process to create a five year vision plan for Fayette County.  Further information about the visioning process, the complete Vision Plan document, the list of Steering Committee members, and other important process documentation can be found at  Email to join the mailing list or request a visioning speaker for your group or organization.

Opportunity for Chamber Members to Sponsor and Exhibit Back 2 School Expo

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

FACTOR is co-sponsoring a Back to School Expo for families August 2nd at the
Stonewall Government Complex.  Immunizations and screening for all ages of
children/youth/college students will be available, as well as many other
important informational sign up opportunities for parents to get their kids
ready to start  school August 7th.

The current co-hosts of this event along with FACTOR:Back to School Expo flyer
Fayette Co Health Department
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Fayette Co School System
Macaroni Kid

We would like to share this opportunity with Chamber members in two ways:
An opportunity for them to be a vendor at the event and to help us get the word out to families they know that the expo is taking place and will help them get their kids ready for a successful year in school!

To read more about this great opportunity click here.

Registration form click here.



Fayette Visioning Initiative Public Meeting

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
5:30 pm

The Fayette Visioning Initiative Steering Committee at its June 10, 2014 meeting adopted the vision statement that they developed along with focus group and online participants and other citizens over the past nine months.   With the vision plan in place, the real hard work begins.  Citizen engagement is critical as we move forward to the implementation phase of the process—Fayette’s future belongs to us all.

The Steering Committee invites all Fayette citizens and stakeholders to our next public meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Dolce Atlanta- Peachtree.  An overview of the vision plan and the corresponding implementation plan will be presented and steering committee members will meet with attendees in individual breakout groups based upon the four interrelated focus areas.  Citizens will learn how they can engage in the process and be able to ask questions about the plan and the upcoming implementation phase.

More information at

Boost Your Business with CSU Summer Classes

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center offers three classes this summer to help boost your business. Back by popular demand is  “Why Video Is The Ultimate Tool for Your Business” class taught by our video guru, Alisa Kirk on July 24th.  CSU is offering our first “QuickBooks: Step by Step” class taught on August 1st, by Robert Andoh, Certified QuickBooks Instructor and SBDC Consultant. Followed by our “Writing a Living Business Plan” class for people wanting to write or update their current plan; class taught by Judiffier Pearson on September 25th.

For more information and registration Click Here.

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