McGriff appointed to Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. –The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Betsy McGriff to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

McGriff  is the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Director. She is a native of Bulloch County and holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University. Both the city and county governments must approve the appointment. She was approved by the Dawsonville City Council at its last meeting.  McGriff replaces County Manager David Headley in that position.

The Board also approved Henry Grady Highway as the detour route for SR 136 while a new bridge at Toto Creek is built. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has designated the bridge as functionally obsolete. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021.

Michael Reuter’s request to rezone 11.29 acres at 244 Norma Road from Residential Agriculture to Residental Sub Rural was also approved. Reuter said he planned to keep six acres for his own residence and sell the remaining five acres. Under current zoning restrictions, no more than three houses could be built on the remaining acreage.

Dan Mueller speaking on behalf of BTD asked to rezone 33.52 acres at Lumpkin Campground Road from Residential Agriculture to Commercial Industrial Restricted. Commissioners granted the request unanimously. Mueller said the purpose of rezoning is to accommodate the expansion of the industrial facility. He said phase one of the expansion would add about 250 employees and phase two could add up to 450.

Commissioners also approved an amendment to Chapter 22 of the Dawson County Fire Safety & Prevention Ordinance.

Danny Thompson was unanimously approved to the EMS Advisory Council, replacing Lanier Swafford who now works for the state.

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Chairman Billy Thurmond also indicated he would send a letter of appreciation to Swafford thanking him for his many years of service.

 

 

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Henry Grady will be detour when Toto Creek bridge is closed

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – During its voting session Thursday (Aug. 15), Dawson County Commissioners will vote on making Henry Grady Highway the detour route when the SR 136 bridge at Toto Creek is closed. The meeting begins at 6 p.m in the Dawson County Government Center.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has designated the bridge as functionally obsolete. The closure of the roadway during construction will require all traffic to be detoured during the 8-to-12 months it will take to construct the new bridge.

Commissioners are also expected to vote on making changes to the Dawson County Transit testing policy to meet Federal Transportation Agency/GDOT regulations. When the changes are adopted, commissioners will also have to vote on an updated Title VI Plan.

There are a pair of rezoning requests on Thursday’s agenda.

Michael Reuter requests the rezoning of 11.29 acres at 244 Norma Road from Residential Agriculture to Commercial Industrial Restricted and Dan Mueller on behalf of BTD has requested rezoning 33.52 acres at Lumpkin Campground road from Residential Agriculture to Commercial Industrial Restricted.

Commissioners will vote on an amendment to Chapter 22 of the Dawson County Fire Safety & Prevention Ordinance. This ordinance was incorporated as Chapter 22 of the Dawson County Code of Ordinances, and its intended purpose was to address fire safety and prevention concerns;

 Commissioners will also vote on appointing Danny Thompson to the EMS Advisory Council, replacing Lanier Swafford and either County Manager David Headley or Betsy McGriff to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

 

 

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Dawson Co. teachers gain insight into local industry

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A select group of Dawson County teachers participated in the inaugural Dawson Discovery Tour on Wednesday.

Dawson Discovery Tour, an initiative of the Dawson County Chamber’s business and workforce development committee, was created to bring local industry leaders together with academic teachers to better understand the skills, needs and opportunities of the ever-changing local economy.

The selected Dawson County School System teachers and staff toured local industry including Medical Plaza 400, Fort Dearborn, and BTD Manufacturing. The tours were designed to expose teachers to on the job applications of their academic subjects and to inspire the integration of those applications into their curriculum. Additionally, the experience was planned to expose teachers to the ample local opportunities that exist for future employment of their students.

“Many of our industrial facilities are not open to the public and if educators don’t have a personal experience with what goes on inside, they aren’t able to share those potential career paths with their students,” said Betsy McGriff, Chamber Economic Development Director, “Our goal for Dawson Discovery Day was to show our educators what an important role they play in economic development – a well-trained workforce is critical to the community’s ability to compete for new business and industry locations.”

The 26 teachers and staff that participated in Dawson Discovery Day were selected from Dawson County High School and Junior High and cover a wide range of academic subjects. At the conclusion of the tours, participants gathered for lunch at the Goodwill Career Center to better understand the services they offer and to brainstorm ways to apply what they discovered throughout the day into their classroom work.

“There is a common misconception that retail jobs are the only employment opportunities in our community,” said Christie Moore, Dawson County Chamber President, “While our retail sector plays a very important role in our local economy, this day shed light on the growing employment needs and opportunities in medical services, robotics, manufacturing, human resources, IT, welding, and other fields right here in Dawson County.”

The Dawson Discovery Day is just one example of the many partnerships between local businesses, the Chamber, and the School System. “We are excited to partner with the Chamber of Commerce for the Dawson Discovery Tour,” said Dr. Damon Gibbs, Dawson County School Superintendent, “It provides our teachers and team members with an opportunity to learn about local businesses and workforce resources that are available to students in our community.”

The tour was made possible with support from Northeast Georgia Health System and Associated Credit Union. For additional information about the Business and Workforce Development Committee, please contact the Chamber at 706-265-6278.

 

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce represents more than 490 members in the North Georgia region.  The organization exists to fulfill the mission of “cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.”  Located just north of the intersection of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development provides a Welcome Center and visitor, business, and economic development information to visitors, local citizens, and businesses.  To plan a trip or learn more about business and tourism in Dawson County, please visit: dawson.org or call 706-265-6278.

 

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 Dawson County celebrates Manufacturing Appreciation Week

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — April 15-18 is Manufacturing Week in Dawson County. During the week, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Dawson County will celebrate local manufacturers and industrial suppliers with staff visits to show appreciation and spotlight posts on social media. To kick off hte celebration and recognize the positive impact of local manufacturers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners passes a resolution of support at their April 11 voting session.

Manufacturers and industrial suppliers play a vital role in the local economy. In Dawson County, the average annual wage for manufacturing-based employment is $10,000 more than the overall county average annual wage. Additionally, manufacturing facilities place a low burden on public services, enhance the diversity of the tax base, provide support to local nonprofits and enrich the education of local students through work-based learning initiatives.

“We have a growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and metal working industries in Dawson County, several of whom are expanding and adding new product lines, Chamber Economic Director Betsy McGriff said. “We are excited to place focus on these firms during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.”

The Chamber recognizes that saying “thank you” to business and industry does not end with one week of appreciation. The Chamber staff and board in partnership with the Development Authority continues to work year-round to foster growth in the manufacturing sector to help connect these businesses to the community at large. Manufacturing growth in Dawson County will provide additional opportunities for citizens to work closer to home for a better wage and improved quality of life.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week is an annual event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development and brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes in Georgia’s economic growth. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, more than 9,000 manufacturing facilities exixt in Georgia. These businesses provide 396,339 jobs, generate more than $23.1 million in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Please follow @dawsonchabergram on Instagram and @dawsoncountychamber on Facebook to learn more about local manufacturing firms as they are spotlighted during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce represents more than 490 members in the North Georgia region. The organization exists to fulfill the mission of “cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.” Located just north of the intersection of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development provides a Welcome Center and visitor, business, and economic development information to visitors, local citizens, and businesses. For additional information about Georgia’s Manufacturing Appreciation week, please visit http://www.georgiamaw.org/.

 

 

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