Chamber Chatter-Ribbon cuttings and Business Luncheon this week!

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Chamber Chatter

August 7, 2018

Chamber News & Events

In This Issue

Upcoming Chamber Events

Tuesday, August 7, Ribbon Cutting ceremony, A Divine Beauty Boutique and Spa, 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 9, Business Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 10, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Cozy Lil Country Store, 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 16, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Mattress Bliss Outlet, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, August 22, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Atlanta Oral and Facial, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 28, Business After Hours, Amicalola Falls Lodge, 5-7 p.m.

Welcome New Members!
Troncalli Automotive Group
Mandy’s Pet Spa
Trinity Church of Dawsonville
Cozy Lil’ Country Store
Atlanta Communities/Joanie Cullity
Wallis & Associates Professional Counseling Services
Georgia Earth and Pipe
Keegan Wealth Management & Retirement Strategies
4 Seasons Home Inspector, LLC
Chestatee Ford
The Ketone Kraze
Southern Bank & Trust
Flack’s Flooring
Family Heritage
Story Custom Decks
A Divine Beauty Boutique & Spa
Lighthouse Christian Academy
Advocare by Zach Green
Lularoe–Jessica Green
Midgard Armory
Mattress Bliss
Cruise Planners/American Express Travel

Sponsorship Opportunities
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Dawson County Chamber Bid Requests

Dawson County Board of Commissioners Bid Requests

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Informative Presentations
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Dawson County Veterans Services
All Veterans are welcome at the Chapter’s weekly meetings at Billy’s Heavenly Biscuits on Fridays at 8 a.m. For more information call 706-809-2573
Veterans Service Officer

Cindy Hayes visits Dawsonville the third Wednesday of each month at the second floor of Dawsonville City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Military Officers Association of America meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Board of Education Professional Development Building in Dawsonville at 7 p.m.
Post 247 of the American Legion meets the second Tuesday of each month at 50 Campground Center Plaza off Lumpkin Campground Road at 7 p.m.
Veterans Affairs of Dawson County meets monthly at Etowah Water Conference Room off Hwy 53 East at 5:30 p.m.
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Job postings:
Goodwill of North Georgia Career Center
PawSpa Pet Resort

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: A Divine Beauty Boutique & Spa
When: Tuesday, August 7 at 11 a.m.
Where: 5 Highway 9 South

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: Cozy Lil Country Store
When: Friday, August 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: 86 Highway 53

Celebrate one of our newest members!
Who: Mattress Bliss
When: Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m.
Where: 800 Highway 400 S. Unit 115

Save the date and golf with us!
Monday, September 17, 2018

Connect with us!
Share your business news with us!
Have you hired new staff members? Or made updates to your storefront? Maybe someone in the office won an industry award–we want to hear about it! Email news and updates about your business to m.mayton@dawson.org to be featured in an upcoming issue of Dawson County Chamber Connection newsletter.
Upcoming Community Events

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:

Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship tournament
set for Saturday, September 8
     On June 27, 2015 a tragic auto accident while leaving Chestatee Golf Club led to the death of promising young golf standout, Joe Dumphy.  After a month of trying to recover, young Dumphy passed away on July 26, 2015, donating five vital organs so others could live.
     Joe’s parents, Charley and Deb Dumphy, along with his sister Olivia, started The Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship (JDMGS) 501(c)(3) charity which recognizes local college-bound high school seniors that emulate Joe’s character, citizenship, faith-based attitude and sense of giving.  In the three years of existence, the foundation has awarded more than $32,000.00 in scholarships.  JDMGS is able to provide the scholarships due to the generosity of the community, fundraising efforts, family donations and the success of the memorial golf tournament held at Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville each year.
     Year after year the golf tournament has grown from an original field of approximately 60 golfers to almost 80 the second year to over 90 last year and hopefully a full field of 144 players this year, making this one of the major charitable tournaments in the area.  The scramble format tournament will be held at Chestatee Golf Club on Saturday September 8, 2018.  The $125.00 tournament fee includes greens and cart fees, breakfast, lunch and frozen custard desert bar provided by Freddy’s Hamburgers & Custard.  Beyond that, players receive raffle tickets for dozens of outstanding prizes donated by local merchants as well as the chance for the Grand Prize of a Big Green Egg.  A separate 50/50 raffle will also be conducted at the end of the luncheon.  On the golf course, players will compete for Closest to the Pin prizes on all five par 3 holes, longest drive for men and women and this year, for the first time, a hole-in-one on #17 (where Little Joe had a hole-in-one) will win the player a 2-year lease on a Cadillac from Atlanta Classic Cadillac/Subaru.
     Anyone interested in playing in this charity event that helps local college-bound high school seniors, please call Chestatee Golf Club at 706-216-7336 to register yourself or your foursome.   Your support can make the difference in the future education of a local high school graduate!

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Gooch: Senate Gets Down to Business

State & National

Senate Gets Down to Business

By: Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega)

Although the Senate was in session for only two days this week, my colleagues and I were very busy under the Gold Dome addressing budget proposals and a key piece of legislation on the Senate Floor.

The week started with Joint Senate and House Appropriations hearings on the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets. Governor Deal kicked off the hearings which included several different agencies presenting their budget proposals. I am happy to say that the state’s budget continues to be in good shape, with the General FY19 budget topping $26 billion for the first time. The General FY19 budget proposals were drafted with an estimated 2.9 percent state fund growth and around 3.8 percent tax revenue growth over the Amended FY18 revenue estimates. Included in the General FY19 budget are increases in funding for education and transportation.

The General FY19 budget addresses the needs for the state to meet determined employer contributions within the Teachers Retirement System with a proposed increase of around $364 million. Additionally, around $120 million would be appropriated for enrollment growth and training. Along with these positive changes in the General FY19 budget, an important proposal in the Amended FY18 budget is adding $15 million to purchase 194 school buses statewide. This will positively impact our students by ensuring that buses are not overcrowded.

The state’s growing need to address transportation infrastructure is also addressed in the General FY19 budget. An additional $31.6 million in projected revenues resulting from House Bill 170 – passed during the 2015 Legislation Session – will be added to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) budget. I am very happy to see that a piece of legislation we passed a couple of years ago is still making positive impacts for GDOT.

Along with attending the budget hearings and carefully reviewing the proposals for the Amended FY18 and General FY19 budgets, my colleagues and I took up a very important piece of legislation in Senate Chamber. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act, also known as the Adoption Bill, or HB 159. This bill passed with bipartisan support and is now headed over to the House of Representatives for their review. Final passage of this legislation and a signature into law by the Governor would allow our state to update our adoption system which has been the same for nearly 30 years.

The Senate’s version of HB 159 clarifies many of the laws regarding who can adopt, who can act as a legal guardian and the rights held by the biological parents before and after giving their child up for adoption. Additionally, the version the Senate passed on Thursday states that if an agency is not involved in a private adoptive process, living expenses cannot be paid. The only expenses that can be paid in a private adoption are medical and counseling. These are just some of the highlights of the Senate version of HB 159. As this legislation moves through the legislative process, my colleagues and I will work with the Governor and House of Representatives to ensure there is cooperation to address concerns anyone may have. It is imperative that we pass this legislation so that we can assist the large number of children who are in foster care and need a loving and stable home.

The pace of the session is going to pick up quickly with standing committees beginning to hold meetings next week to vet legislation pending from last year along with new bills introduced this year. As we move forward in the session, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns and feedback. It is always great to hear from my constituents and our door is always open.

Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News

State & National

Senator David Perdue Recaps This Year’s Results, Previews 2018 on Fox News

 

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Mike Emanuel on Fox News’ Special Report about President Trump’s significant accomplishments during his first year in office and the priorities heading into 2018.

Delivering Results: “President Trump laid out four agenda items this year. We accomplished most of them. President Trump wants to continue to get results. The economy is going to move now that we started regulatory work and with the tax bill we just passed.”

Early Success: “The President is working diligently to get ready for 2018, but he is very happy with the results of 2017. His first year in office we saw 2 million new jobs created, 860 rules and regulations being reversed, illegal crossings down 60%, 500 people have been fired at the Veterans Administration for non-performance. The President is very excited about the future of our country now that we’re moving to get the economy going again.”

Business Focus: “We have a business guy in the White House for a change. He is moving at a business place, not a bureaucratic pace. Look, 2018 is an election year, but we have different leadership in the White House. He is not going to waive off his priorities for an election process.”

Immigration Solution: “President Trump, Senator Tom Cotton, and I have been consistently saying that any solution for DACA has to include an end to this archaic chain migration and money for border security and the wall at our southern border.”

Helping American Workers: “That’s what’s wrong with Washington, career politicians don’t understand how the free enterprise system works. The best thing we can do for the American worker, the American consumer, for anyone who works in America is to help our businesses, large and small, become competitive again with the rest of the world.”

Breaking The Gridlock: “The problem in Washington is gridlock. The minority party is causing that right now, but there are signs of encouragement. Frankly, the immigration issue is one that should have a bipartisan solution. We believe we can do that early in the new year. The President is going to keep focused on that as we get back to work next week.”

Senator David Perdue Addresses Local Elected Officials At White House

State & National

Senator David Perdue Addresses Local Elected Officials At White House

“Georgia is leading the way”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), Vice President Mike Pence, and senior Trump Administration officials joined Georgia county commissioners and state legislators at a White House event this week highlighting how Georgia is leading at the national level to help influence and shape major policy decisions impacting the people of Georgia and our country.

Highlights:

Best State For Business: “This is the fifth year in a row that Georgia has been named the best state in the country in which to do business. That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because we’re business friendly. We have great people and great workers, and we have state legislators that are from the real world – people who come for 40 or 45 days and then go home to their businesses or professions to make a living for their family. I believe that keeps you in direct contact with what’s important.”

Leading The Way: “I want to highlight a few Georgians who are serving in this Administration: our former governor, Sonny Perdue, is doing a great job as Secretary of Agriculture; Nick Ayers is the Vice President’s Chief of Staff; Billy Kirkland is Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the White House. Tom Graves and Doug Collins are in different forms of leadership in the House. Johnny Isakson is leading the charge for our veterans. Zippy Duvall is President of the Farm Bureau and making a big difference. Chris Wray is our FBI Director. Ashley Bell is Director of External Affairs for the Peace Corps. Major General Bob McMahon from Warner Robins is an Assistant Secretary of Defense, and we’ve nominated and confirmed several U.S. attorneys and federal judges from Georgia.”

Making A Serious Impact: “Many of the people you’ve heard from today have Georgia roots. It’s clear that the state of Georgia is hitting way above our weight class. We’re the eighth largest state in the country population wise and we’re making a serious impact up here.”

Senator Perdue and Vice President Pence were joined by several Georgia natives serving in the Trump administration, including Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue; Vice President Pence’s Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers; and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Director, Billy Kirkland. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Energy and Education, and Housing and Urban Development also addressed the group.

Park Sterling Merging With South State Corporation

News

According to a recent release by South State Bank, a definitive agreement has been signed with Park Sterling Corporation, holding company for Park Sterling Bank.

The release also states, “Combining the two companies will create a $14.5 billion in assets franchise operating throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.”

While both boards have reportedly approved the merger unanimously, the merger will actually begin transitioning in the fourth quarter of 2017 and continue with systems conversions into the first quarter of 2018 after approvals by regulatory boards and shareholders. At that time, Park Sterling Corporation will be merged into South State Corporation, and Park Sterling’s bank subsidiary, Park Sterling Bank, will be merged into South State’s bank subsidiary, South State Bank.

James C. Cherry, CEO of Park Sterling Corporation, commented on the merger stating, “Our team is proud to be partnering with South State to create what we believe will come to be recognized as the preeminent regional community banking franchise in the Southeast. This combination will substantially fulfill our vision of truly becoming big enough to have the talent and services necessary to help customers achieve their financial aspirations while still remaining small enough and passionate enough to care that they do.”

After the companies merge, Cherry will be appointed to the combined company’s board of directors in addition to another individual to be mutually agreed upon and named at a later date.

As of now, Park Sterling Bank has over 50 branches across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. According to South State’s release, “under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of Park Sterling Corporation will receive 0.14 shares of South State common stock for each share of Park Sterling common stock. The aggregate consideration is valued at approximately $690.8 million in the aggregate, based on 53,112,726 shares of Park Sterling common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and on South State’s April 26, 2017 closing stock price of $91.90.”

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Georgia ranked No. 1 state in U.S. for business

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Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the third consecutive year by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development trade publication.
“Once again, Georgia has been named the top state in which to do business, reflecting our success in strengthening Georgia’s economic environment and creating a top-notch workforce,” said Deal. “Through collaborative public-private sector efforts, we have created hundreds of thousands of jobs for families, invested millions in our local communities and improved the overall quality of life for our citizens. This ranking is not only a testament to our strong business climate, but it also speaks to the commitment and support from our industry partners, communities and the people of Georgia.”
Each November, Site Selection releases rankings for the top states in which to do business. Georgia has been ranked among the top 10 states in Site Selection’s business climate rankings throughout the last decade, holding the top spot for the last two years.
“Georgia is a regular top finisher in our annual analysis of state business climates,” said Site Selection editor-in-chief Mark Arend. “But three consecutive first-place finishes in this ranking is a pattern. It says the state clearly has in place the business-attraction attributes most required by companies expanding and establishing new facilities.”
The rankings are determined by a survey of corporate site selectors paired with an index of tax burden criteria according to the Tax Foundation and KPMG’s Location Matters analysis and performance in Conway Data’s New Plant Database, which tracks new and expanded business facility activity.
“Site Selection’s third-time No. 1 ranking speaks volumes to our business-friendly environment, world-class infrastructure network, top-notch academic institutions, nationally-ranked training programs and vibrant socioeconomic culture,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “We provide companies looking to locate or expand here an experience that they cannot find anywhere else, and we will continue to work hard with our partners from around the state to maintain this reputation.”
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